Richmond International Raceway's Commonwealth Grandstand One Step Closer to Completion


Construction Reaches Benchmark with "Topping Out" Ceremony

The construction of Richmond International Raceway's Commonwealth Grandstand¿a three-tiered, 18-story grandstand addition¿reached a new milestone today, as the final beam of the framework was installed at the top of the tower¿s elevator shaft. The occasion was marked with a celebration known in the construction world as a "Topping Out" ceremony. Richmond International Raceway staff, representatives from Henrico County, construction crew members and media members all signed the final beam before it was hoisted more than 180 feet atop the grandstand.

Construction of the Commonwealth Grandstand at Richmond International Raceway is on schedule to be finished in time for the 2007 season. Once construction is complete, the new grandstand addition will feature three new levels, including a state-of-the-art 16,000-square foot Club Level. Nearly 5,000 seats will be added (approximately 7,800 seats in the new grandstand minus approximately 3,000 lower row seats which are being removed in turns three and four) to bring Richmond International Raceway¿s total capacity to 112,029.

¿Today¿s ceremony marks another benchmark in the completion of the new Commonwealth Grandstand at Richmond International Raceway,¿ said track president Doug Fritz. ¿We are looking forward to the 2007 season and the debut of the 180-foot grandstand, which features a state-of-the-art Club Level and some of the best seats the track has to offer. We are now one step closer to finishing off what will be an amazing addition to Richmond International Raceway.¿

Now that the final beam is in place, construction crews will begin work on framing in the grandstand and working on the interior. All seats in the Commonwealth Grandstand addition will include seatbacks. The highest seat will be twice as high as the current highest seat at Richmond International Raceway.

The Club Level includes access to the indoor, air-conditioned lounge; multiple buffets and fully-stocked bars; outdoor, reserved stadium seating with in-seat service; reserved parking; private elevator and restroom access; a pre-race pit pass; a souvenir event program and a limited edition appreciation gift. For more information on the Club Level, please call 804-228-7636 or e-mail

Tickets for the 2007 season at Richmond International Raceway are available now. The season kicks off with a NASCAR doubleheader May 4-5, 2007. The NASCAR Busch Series returns for the Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI ¿under the lights¿ on Friday, May 4. Tickets for Friday include Wawa Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. The Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 ¿under the lights.¿ Tickets for Friday¿s events are available now. Tickets for Saturday¿s race will be available beginning January 27. For more information, please call 1-866-455-7223 log on to

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