Following two years of redevelopment along its nearly mile-long frontstretch, Daytona International Speedway’s (DIS) Daytona Rising project is nearing completion. On Tuesday (12 January 2016), DIS received a temporary certificate of occupancy which has allowed staff to begin moving into the facility to fully prepare for the upcoming race season. The first race scheduled to take place at the revised facility is later this month at the Rolex 24 At Daytona Weekend.
The Daytona Rising project is a US$400m reimagining of the speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch.
At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,500 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with trackside views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests.
“After more than two years of dedication and hard work, we’re thrilled that our new motorsports stadium is nearing completion,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “We’re thankful for the tremendous support from our partners, project team and fans and can’t wait to welcome everyone during the Rolex 24 At Daytona.”
DIS will mark the installation of the final seat during a special ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.