The Sprint Tower overlooking the start/finish at Daytona International Speedway is being demolished as work continues on a $400 million circuit improvement programme.
The tower, first erected in 1988, is being removed piece-by-piece over 30 days, using a giant 490-foot Manitowoc 2250 Crawler Crane. The crane will remove 30 large individual sections of the tower (representing 1,000 gross tons of steel) and further disassemble the materials once they're placed on the ground. The massive crane was recently transported on the back of 40 trailers to the Speedway, where it was assembled and positioned to begin the demolition.
"The removal of the Sprint Tower marks another huge milestone for the DAYTONA Rising project," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "Construction will accelerate during the next few months as we continue to create the world's first motorsports stadium."
The 'Daytona Rising' project is one of the largest in the circuit's history and will see five expanded and redesigned entrances, or "injectors," added to the main grandstand. These will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or "neighbourhoods," along the nearly mile-long frontstretch.
At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, double the number of toilets and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with trackside views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests.
Additional ongoing works include the installation of new lift shafts and the installation of new corporate hospitality suites.
See the video below for an overview of the construction works.