NASCAR fans won’t be able to camp out in the middle of metro Phoenix’s racetrack anymore, but they will be able to drink beer and get up close in the garage with drivers, thanks to a multmillion-dollar makeover.
The $178 million renovations have been two years in the making. The infield camping, at the center of the track, was replaced with interactive garages, concessions and standing room space at Gatorade Victory Lane, where the winning driver celebrates.
Opening weekend starts Nov. 9. Here are all the upgrades you can expect.
The track upgrades are so major that some will be visible from space. Literally.
O’Reilly will also host a pre-race party on Nov. 11. Fans who buy infield tickets for it will have the chance to sign the new start/finish line.
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The biggest changes are in the track’s infield, at the center of the track. Fans can’t camp with recreational vehicles there anymore, but anyone with an infield ticket will be able to get up close to the drivers.
Infield upgrades, many with sponsorships in true NASCAR style, include:
The grandstand received a big upgrade, from cupholders to Wi-Fi. All the old seats were refashioned into a mosaic-style facade on the outside of the raceway.
Seating upgrades include:
Fans who buy tickets to the Wheelhouse/ROLL-BAR will get access to pre-race games; complimentary beer, wine and soda; raffles and driver appearances. Nextdoor, the Trackside Bar and Grill will feature live music.
The outside got a facelift, too, with a new Midway — dubbed the DC Solar Power Pavillion — that spans a half mile and features concessions, giveaways and live entertainment.
What to know before you go
Opening Weekend is Nov. 9-11. Races and tickets for each day are:
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