Weather Aids Capital Improvement Projects at The Glen
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WATKINS GLEN, NY – Unseasonably mild weather at Watkins Glen International has allowed Capital Improvement Projects to continue at an unexpected pace. Construction crews have taken advantage of elements upon the hill and look ahead to an ever approaching Opening Weekend (April 21-22).
E&D Specialty Grandstands returned to The Glen on Monday, Feb. 20 to begin the layout of the new grandstand that will replace the Red, White and Blues demolished in December. Silverline completed its portion of the RWB project prior to the New Year. In addition to laying out the new grandstand, E&D will evaluate the level of progress on the McDonald’s Family and 90 grandstands.
Existing power lines were relocated, permitting Genesee Construction to continue work on the storm retention pond. The ponds are located inside the entrance of Gate 2 behind where the old Red, White and Blues were just outside Turn Two and at the base of the Esses.
Expansion of The Glen Club will resume in early March by Genesee Construction. Permanent restrooms as well as a food preparation area for Americrown will enhance the fan experience at The Club that opened in advance of the 2011 season.
The track will continue to go through a few upgrades before the season begins on Opening Weekend (April 21-22). WGI is in the process of constructing new tire packs in the Turn 1 run-off area while Genesee Construction will take care of expanding paved-run off area. Sections of the iconic blue guardrail will be replaced to improve driver sight lines and widen run off areas throughout the course.
The projects are an aspect of the $1.5 million of funding allocated to Watkins Glen International by International Speedway Corporation (ISC) Board of Directors to replace three grandstands and make additional facility improvements. E&D Specialty Stands, based in North Collins, NY, assisted The Glen last season, replacing the Green, Turn 10 and Turn 11 grandstands. Based in Burdett, Silverline was responsible for the demolition of the Red, White and Blues in December.
Overall, the project brings the Watkins Glen International investment since 2001 to just over $30 million. Once the three grandstands are complete, it also signifies, that with the exception of Pit Terrace, every grandstand at The Glen has been replaced since the beginning of the 2005 season.
Tickets and camping for the 2012 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans may purchase their tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE(7223) or by logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com. Gift certificates, daily Thunder Road Tours, and merchandise may 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 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.