Daytona International Speedway’s $400 million DAYTONA Rising project is now preparing for the 53rd Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Budweiser Speedweeks 2015.
“We had another great year and hit several major milestones along the way,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III today. “We’re now beginning to prepare the facility for the 2015 racing season to ensure that our fans enjoy some of its new amenities.”
Fans can get an early preview of DAYTONA Rising during Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 (the stadium will officially open in 2016). Approximately 40,000 new seats will be available along with two of the five injectors/entrances, new concessions, several of the neighborhoods or social areas and the new vertical transportation.
Among the key DAYTONA Rising accomplishments to date are the installation of 90,000 square feet of metal panel skin and 20,000 tons of structural steel and miscellaneous metals using more than 470,000 bolts. Upcoming projects include the installation of temporary Americrown kitchens and miscellaneous trailers, preparation of vertical transportation (elevators and escalators) for final testing and the set-up of more than 4,000 feet of construction fencing.
At the conclusion of the redevelopment, DIS will have approximately 101,000 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 track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. The DAYTONA Rising project is expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, and will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500.