The Red, White and Blue Grandstands Come Tumbling Down at Watkins Glen International
New Grandstand will offer Fans more Room and Better Experience in 2012
The project is in its early stages and, once completed, it will add approximately 2,000 seats and provide fans with new perspectives of The Glen.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – The combination of wind, rain, snow and fog could not prevent the capital improvement project at Watkins Glen International from marching forward on Wednesday. Silverline Construction, based in Burdett, NY, demolished the final portion of the Red, White and Blue Grandstands as the next step in the $1.5 million project that will result in three new grandstands at The Glen in 2012. Fan feedback and the desire to improve the fan experience at WGI have been the driving forces behind the grandstand replacements that started with the installation of four new structures prior to the 2011 season.
Removal of the plank bench seats in the Red, White and Blue Grandstands began on the first of December and the Red and White sections were brought down over the past few days. Demolition of the Blue section began at 10 a.m. and was wrapped up before 5 p.m. Located at the base of the famed Esses, the Red, White and Blue Grandstands were completed in 1969 and were placed at the original site of the start-finish line.
Once the area outside Turn 2 is cleared, E&D Specialty Stands, Inc. will excavate and install the foundations as well as build the new grandstand. The North Collins, NY based company has already completed approximately 80-percent of the new McDonald’s Family Grandstand and almost 50-percent of the Ninety Grandstand. E&D is the same company that installed the new Turn 10, Turn 11, Green and Silver Grandstands before this past season.
Swarthout Recycling removed the wooden planks and steel from both the Ninety and McDonald’s Family Grandstands in early November and will be using the material in other projects handled by the Beaver Dams, NY-based company. The concrete from the Red, White and Blue will be crushed on-site and reused on Watkins Glen International property while the planks will also be recycled by Swarthout.
The replacement of the Ninety, McDonald’s Family and Red, White and Blue Grandstands is the most recent example of WGI responding to fan feedback in order to further enhance their experience each time they visit the historic road course. The project began last season with the $3.1 million project that included the installation of four new grandstands, the construction of the new Glen Club and the addition of permanent showers in the infield. In last 10 years alone, over $30 million has been invested into upgrading and enhancing the entire WGI facility.
Tickets for the 2012 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans can purchase their tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE(7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com. Gift certificates, tickets and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. The Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is closed on Sunday. Keep up with the latest happenings at The Glen by visiting the official Watkins Glen International Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/watkinsgleninternational, and following WGI on Twitter, @WGI.
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