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Rising Tide: Daytona Int'l Speedway Gets Go-Ahead For Major Track Renovation
Published June 18, 2013
SEATING TO BE REDUCED: In Daytona Beach, Eileen Zaffiro-Kean reports DIS after the renovations “will have about 101,000 permanent seats with the potential to increase permanent seating to 125,000.” That will be down from the 146,000 seats currently at the track. However, DIS officials said that there will be “no capacity changes” for next year’s Daytona 500. The decrease in capacity “could occur in stages” after next year’s 500 and will “include the complete removal of the backstretch grandstand by the start of the 2016 motorsports season.” The renovations “will impact some ancillary events" at the Speedway through '14, but “major races will be held as scheduled.” DIS officials indicated that they will have “additional information on events beyond 2014 after they complete their full construction schedule” (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 6/18).