INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 100th Anniversary preparations for the Indianapolis 500 started years ago, and now they are beginning to come together.
“What is exciting now is that we have finished most of the demolition and we are now beginning to get into the construction phase,” says Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles.
IMS is working on a list of major improvements that will enhance fans experience at the Speedway. The entire upper deck of the front stretch through turn one will have stadium seats with cup holders. The speedway also installed a new track fence, stretching 500,000 square feet. A new roof structure will also be built and more seating will be added.
“We are focused right now on the fence project and the upper deck project. The seats will start coming in shortly after the New Year,” says Boles.
Project 100 will cost more than $90 million. The Gate 1 entryway will also be enhanced, along with six new elevators that will be installed. Even with all of the modern updates, the track will keep its historic feel.
“The most important thing for us is balancing what makes IMS special and that is its history,” says Boles.
Project 100 launched in 2013 and is now in the final lap of a historic renovation. All to debut in time for the 100th Anniversary of the Indy 500, next May.