CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NASCAR Hall of Fame concept is now reality in Charlotte, the city chosen by NASCAR to be the site of this once-in-a-lifetime facility.
"Our goal has been -- and continues to be -- to create the 'crown jewel' of Charlotte and the very best Hall of Fame-themed entertainment experience in the world," said Pat McCrory, former mayor of Charlotte. "This Hall of Fame will expand the dynamic and growing sport of NASCAR racing in a dynamic and growing city. It's a victory not only for the Charlotte region, but for NASCAR fans across the country and internationally. We look forward to welcoming all fans for a unique and entertaining experience.”
With the Grand Opening scheduled for May 11, 2010, this state-of-the-art facility will honor NASCAR icons and create an enduring tribute to the drivers, crew members, team owners and others that have impacted the sport in the past, present and future.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in January 2007 and construction began in May 2007. Building design concepts have been completed and exhibit themes and interior layouts are nearing completion. Among the elements being considered for the NASCAR Hall of Fame are:
- Approximately 40,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing the history and heritage of the sport.
- Ceremonial Plaza: Exterior site for induction ceremonies.
- High Octane Theater: A 278-seat state-of-the-art theatre featuring informational film about the history of NASCAR. Available for after hours group rentals.
- The Great Hall: Large, open, greeting area just inside the facility which will include rotating displays and lively video scenes and graphics.
- Glory Road: Banked ramp leading to the second floor of the facility featuring 15-18 historic cars and highlighting 40 current and historic tracks.
- Hall of Honor: Space where NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees will be honored.
- NASCAR Vault: Glass-enclosed section of the facility housing historic artifacts from NASCAR's past.
- Race Week: A behind-the-scenes look of what a NASCAR team and the NASCAR industry goes through to prepare a car for raceday.
- Transporter: A full-size transporter, giving visitors a first-hand look at the team's nerve-center at the track.
- Racing Simulator: A state-of-the-art attraction giving visitors a driver's experience and perspective on raceday.
- Heritage Speedway: Individual galleries telling the story of NASCAR's exciting 60+ year history.
- Honoring Our Legacy Theater: A memorial area where visitors can honor and reflect on heroes no longer with us.
- Restaurant and Retail Outlets.
- TV & Radio Studios and NASCAR Newsroom
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is one component of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Complex, located in uptown Charlotte, adjacent to the Charlotte Convention Center. The Complex includes:
- The NASCAR Hall of Fame: A 150,000 square foot state-of-the-art hall of fame, entertainment attraction, and museum.
- Convention Center Expansion/New Ballroom: 102,000 square foot expansion to the Convention Center including a new 40,000 square foot ballroom with seating capacity of 2,400 banquet style and over 4,200 theater style.
- NASCAR Plaza Office Tower: A 390,000 square foot, 19 story Class A office building being developed by Lauth Properties and NASCAR. NASCAR and NASCAR Images will be primary tenants and include full scale studios to be operated by NASCAR Images.
- Parking garage for over 1,000 vehicles.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame will be owned by the City of Charlotte and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.
Internationally renowned Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners led the building design effort and Ralph Appelbaum Associates is handling exhibition designs.