is a 1.5 mile tri-oval race track in Kansas City, Kansas. The speedway was built in 2001 and currently hosts two annual NASCAR race weekends. The IndyCar Series also raced at the speedway until 2011. The speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.
International Speedway Corporation began exploring the idea of building a racing facility in the midwest in 1996. Attention was turned towards the Kansas City area in 1997. Officials considered both the Missouri and Kansas side of the city but eventually settled with the Kansas side because of better funding. Architecture firm HNTB, which also designed Chicagoland Speedway, was selected to design the facility, and firm Turner Construction was selected to provide construction management. Construction began on the 1,200 acres, 1.5 miles speedway in May 1999, and in July, preferred tickets went on sale. The demand at the ticket sales prompted ISC officials to expand the planned 32 by an additional 36, expanding capacity from 75,000 to 82,000. Speedway officials were hopeful to have the track completed sometime in 2000, and possibly host a race, but construction was delayed by weather and further complicated by lawsuits from nearby land owners. In May 2000, both IndyCar and NASCAR announced events to be held at the speedway for the 2001 season. Track paving began in September 2000, and construction of the speedway was completed in early 2001.
The building of the speedway has had a significant impact on the nearby area, even before construction was finished. New commercial developments sprung up around the speedway, including a movie theater complex, an outdoor retail mall, and hotels. A 2008 survey by The Washington Economics Group revealed that Kansas Speedway brings $243 million to the state of Kansas each year. It also provides over 5000 jobs, with 4000 jobs coming directly from track operations.
Additional seats have been added since initial construction. In 2003, 1,600 seats were added, and in 2005, 1,500 seats plus a 7,000 square feet concession and restroom building were added. Both expansions were headed by the track’s original contractors, HNTB and Tuner Construction.
Location: 400 Speedway Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66111 Opened: 2001 Capacity: 81,687 Length: 1.5 Miles Shape: Tri-Oval Banking: Turns 15° Front Stretch 10.4° Back Stretch 5°
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Kansas Speedway General Venue Information
KCI Airport: Take I-29 North to I-435 West to I-70 West, exit at 110th Street, Exit #410.
I-70 East: Exit at 110th Street, Exit #410. Turn left at the end of the ramp and enter Kansas Speedway.
I-70 West: Exit at 110th Street, Exit #410. Turn right and enter Kansas Speedway.
I-435 South: Exit at State Avenue West and turn right. Kansas Speedway is 0.5 miles ahead.
I-435 North: Exit at State Avenue West. Kansas Speedway is 0.5 miles ahead.
K-7 South: Exit at State Avenue East. Turn right at 118th Street. Enter Kansas Speedway on Talladega Drive.
K-7 North: Exit State Avenue East. Turn right at 118th Street. Enter Kansas Speedway on Talladega Drive.
K-10 East: Exit to Northbound K-7. Remain on K-7, pass over I-70 and exit to Eastbound I-70, then follow eastbound I-70 directions.
K-10 West: Exit to Northbound K-7. Remain on K-7, pass over I-70 and exit to Eastbound I-70, then follow Eastbound I-70 directions.
I-635 North: Exit to Westbound I-70. Remain on I-70 and exit at 110th Street, Exit #410.
I-635 South: Exit to Westbound I-70. Remain on I-70 and exit at 110th Street, Exit #410.
- General parking is FREE.
- All parking is on a first-come first-serve basis. Parking attendants will direct you to your parking spot.
- Guests needing accessible parking should display a valid handicap parking placard prior to entering.
- Overnight parking or camping in the General Lots is strictly prohibited.
- If you park in the Legends shopping area you will not be able to cross State Avenue until traffic is clear. Please park in our lots.
Kansas Speedway ticket office at 866-460-7223
Will Call is located at Ticket Booth B. (open 8:00 AM until 1 hr. after the green flag).
Kansas Speedway is committed to being the best guest experience in motorsports! We enforce the following gate guidelines to keep our guests safe and provide an enjoyable experience. All guests must have a grandstand ticket regardless of age or the proper approved credential. Every seat at Kansas Speedway does have a back.
* There is no smoking in the grandstands at Kansas Speedway. During GRAND-AM event weekend there will be no smoking in the infield stands, you may smoke in the infield during GRAND-AM event weekend.
What you can bring.:
The following items are allowed inside the admission gates at Kansas Speedway.*
- One (1) SOFT sided cooler or bag up to 14x14x14 inches (telescoping handles/wheels OK)
- One (1) school size backpack
- Food and Beverage of your choice (alcohol ok but no glass please!)
- Strollers (if it is accompanied by a child)**
- Stadium Seat Cushions (no metal tubing please!)
- Camel Backs
- Cameras (commercial photographers need to apply for a photo credential)
GRAND-AM race weekend:
You may bring lawn chairs to set up in the infield.
**Strollers are permitted at Kansas Speedway; however, their use cannot inhibit guest movement or block any aisles. Strollers are NOT allowed into the grandstands. Strollers can be left on the concourse underneath the grandstands and can be secured by the guest to the chain link fence. Kansas Speedway is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Restricted Items: What you should leave at home!
The following items are NOT allowed inside the admission gates at Kansas Speedway.
- Firearms, Sheath knives, Fireworks and items restricted by Local, State and Federal Laws
- Umbrellas (these will block the sightlines of guests around you)
- Glass (broken glass could cause injury)
- Stadium Seats with Metal Hooks and/or Tubing (the metal hooks and tubing scratch and damage our grandstands. Every seat at Kansas Speedway does have a back.)
- Pets (only approved service animals ok)
- Folding Chairs (for NASCAR weekend, GRAND-AM weekend OK)
- No Thermoses, Hard Sided Coolers or Non-Clear Insulated Cups
- Bicycles or skateboards
- Flag Poles (these block the sightlines of guests around you)
Any item(s) deemed to be an obstruction to other spectators will be restricted or removed. Kansas Speedway is not responsible for restricted item(s) left at the admission gates. All items are subject to inspection upon entry and are subject to additional inspection within the stadium.
No smoking in the grandstands or infield bleacher seats. The designated smoking section is located on the concourse level. Violators of this policy will be ejected from the speedway
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