On Feb. 21, more than 100,000 racing fans will be in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the 58th edition of the Daytona 500 — NASCAR's biggest and most prestigious race.
In addition to the action on the famed 2.5-mile trioval track, fans will also get to enjoy the fruits of "Daytona Rising," a 2 ½ year, $400 million redevelopment project. The effort has transformed the vintage Daytona International Speedway into a modern motor sports stadium.
The original folding metal seats have been replaced by more than 100,000 wider, more comfortable ones. The stands along the nearly mile-long front stretch have been rebuilt and raised, making room for three concourse levels accessed by stairs, escalators and elevators. In themed "neighborhoods" inside the concourses, fans will find new dining and merchandise concessions, plenty of TVs and video screens, complimentary Internet access, charging stations and a wide variety of interactive activities.
— By Harriet Baskas, special to CNBC.
Posted 14 Feb. 2016
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