Volusia plans new main grandstand
In preparation for 2019’s DIRTcar Nationals, Volusia Speedway Park today announced a $500,000 overhaul of its main frontstretch grandstand that will provide new seating options and stand nearly twice as tall as the original structure.
The Barberville, Fla., oval, which invested in fencing, guardrail and perimeter wall improvements last winter, plans to focus on spectators and observers with new grandstands that will expand reserved seating. A new control tower, relocation of the flagstand and more safety barriers are included in the off-season project.
“Last year, we made a $300,000 investment in safety upgrades,” said Brian Carter, CEO of the track-owning World Racing Group. “This year, we’re continuing our wall and fence replacement project down the frontstretch, but also making a significant investment in fan comfort with the new main grandstand. More and more fans are buying reserved seats and looking for new ways to experience racing. We’re doing our best to deliver the most comfortable seating possible and give them fresh options.”
Constructed by motorsports specialists Bleacher Builders, the new grandstands offers four types of seating, from the standard general admission bench seating (rows 1-14) to a full, deck-based, VIP experience. Handicap-accessible areas will also be improved and aisles will expand to 4 feet.
Reserved seating (rows 15-22), will have contoured seats, back support, an additional 6 inches of leg room (30 inches) and a higher rise for better visibility. Along with improved seats, premium reserved seating (rows 23-26 in sections 5-7) includes 45 inches of leg room and a drink rail.
An all-new Trophy Deck offers a VIP experience with multiple viewing options — including traditional seating, bar stools, cocktail tables and standing room — with access to live race streaming, timing and scoring monitors and bar service. A new race control tower will be positioned above the Trophy Deck.
The new flagstand will be directly in front of the new main grandstand and tower, moving the start-finish line closer to the middle of the frontstretch.
Visit dirtcarnationals.com to purchase tickets for the Feb. 5-16 event, which concludes with six nights of Super Late Model action.