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The NASCAR Hall of Fame opened May 11, 2010. The groundbreaking took place on January 25, 2007 and excavation work began in May 2007.
Looking through the windows at our main entrance? Then you haven’t seen it all! The NASCAR Hall of Fame is approximately 150,000 square feet and features more than 40,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing hands-on exhibits, video interactives, moving memorials, educational learning opportunities and authentic artifacts telling the story of NASCAR.
• Ceremonial Plaza: Located outside the entrance of the facility, Ceremonial Plaza is the site of many special events and red-carpet entries. It includes commemorative fan brick pavers and a Ceremonial Garden.
• High Octane Theater: The 275 seat, state-of-the-art theater features a 12-minute film introducing viewers to the history of NASCAR. The theater is available for groups rental including special occasions or presentations. Also featured in the High Octane Theater are the Hall’s Race Night Experiences.
• The Great Hall: 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. This area also is available for special events such as receptions and dinners.
• 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: The most interactive area in the Hall, Race Week offers a 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.
• 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 that track’ the history of different NASCAR eras - 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.
• Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant
• NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop
• TV & Radio Studios and NASCAR Newsroom