The 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. A high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, showcases artifacts, interactive exhibits, a 275-person multi-dimensional theater, an 8,400-square-foot Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, a 5,800-square-foot NHOF Gear Shop retail outlet and NASCAR Media Group-operated TV & radio broadcast studio. The five-plus-acre site also includes a privately-developed, 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.
Guests revving to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame will find 40,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing highly-interactive, hands-on exhibits, moving memorials, educational learning opportunities and of authentic artifacts telling the story of NASCAR. Exhibit areas include:
HIGH OCTANE THEATER
This high-tech, multi-dimensional, state-of-the-art theater showcases a short film introducing guests to the history, heritage and legacy of NASCAR. Seating more than 275, the theater blends elements of multimedia and sensory experiences with built-in air vents and surround sound allowing audiences to feel the surge of air and the roar of the engines as cars race across the 64-foot-wide, curved, projection screen.
THE GREAT HALL & GLORY ROAD
Considered the "Times Square" of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, The Great Hall features rotating exhibit displays, an interactive 14'x18' video billboard displaying lively video scenes and messages, compass lines drawn on the floor that point toward current and historic racetracks and the majestic Glory Road. A banked ramp simulating various racetracks, Glory Road showcases 18 historic cars and highlights 40 current and historic tracks. It also mimics the various degrees of banking at racetracks including the impressive 33-degree incline found at Talladega Superspeedway. Fans have the opportunity to walk on the surface and experience the high banks at 14 and 33 degrees.
HALL OF HONOR
The Hall of Honor is the sacred area where NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees will be enshrined, celebrated and honored over the years. The inaugural 2010 class of inductees are Dale Earnhardt, Bill France Jr., Bill France Sr., Junior Johnson and Richard Petty. Visitors can get a 360-degree video experience highlighting the inductees and spires circle outer walls where they remain indefinitely.
Race Week offers a highly-interactive, hands-on environment with fun opportunities for the entire family. Race Week takes guests behind the scenes for a look at how a NASCAR team and the NASCAR industry prepare for race day each week. Guests can see an engine dyno, practice a pit stop, walk through a full- size NASCAR Sprint Cup hauler, call a race, get behind the wheel in one of eight iRacing simulators and more.
SIMULATOR EXPERIENCE (located in Race Week)
Featuring software in which Dale Earnhardt Jr. was instrumental in developing to ensure the authenticity of the on-track experience, simulator cars developed by Champion Terry Labonte, this state-of-the-art, racing-simulation experience allows rookie drivers and avid fans to “feel” what it’s like on the track. Guests can get behind the wheel, start their engines, shift the gears and maneuver the track. Contenders can compete against each other on the speedways and road courses on the circuit and test the excitement that drivers encounter as they make their way through all the turns.
Simulator experience requires additional fee.
In Heritage Speedway, history buffs and NASCAR novices alike can explore authentic artifacts and educational films depicting the story of NASCAR’s exciting six-decade history. The most artifact-rich area of the facility, guests can view hundreds of historical, NASCAR artifacts in the NASCAR Vault. Guests also can pace their travel through time while learning about the ‘track’ history of different NASCAR eras including the past (1948-71), present (1972-1999) and future (2000 – on). Three theatres highlight Heritage Speedway showcasing video and informational films. The Pre-NASCAR Theater explores the history of the automobile prior to the inception of NASCAR in 1947. Honoring Our Legacy Theater presents a memorial area where visitors can honor and reflect on those who have passed on. In the Greatest Finishes Theater, participants can choose, juke-box style, to view up to 50 of NASCAR's greatest finishes.