Before the recent Daytona 500, the folk in Florida announced plans to upgrade the spectator facilities at Daytona International Speedway. It is the biggest of the NASCAR tracks and has a seating capacity of nearly 170,000. The problem is that it has not been upgraded for a long time.
The primary goal of the work will be to improve the fan experience. Already almost the entire circuit can be seen from any of the seats, but these are rather old and not very comfortable. The plan is also to add an additional tier of seating on top of the existing grandstands, which are a mile long. There will be new VIP suites.
In addition the speedway asked Rossetti Architects of Southfield, Michigan, to develop public spaces into destinations and by doing so encourage visitors to come earlier and stay longer (and thus spend more money). The result is an interesting series of what are called “neighbourhoods” inside the grandstands.
There will be 11 of them, including a central one which will be a historical exhibition. The other 10 will provide space for fans to meet, eat, shop and visit “the rest rooms”. Each of these areas will have large video screens so that the spectators do not miss any of the action. The plan also includes the installation of 40 escalators in five “injector” zones, which will make it much easier for the fans to get to their seats and to the various concourses.