Friday Five – A busy offseason with Project 100

Published On September 18, 2015 » 7861 Views» By Samantha Gray » Blogs, Friday Five, IMS, Indy 500

When fans return in 2016 for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, there will be more changes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of Project 100. The areas you can expect improvement will most likely be in the areas of seating, technology, gates and entryways, concession and restroom upgrades and new hospitality options. Here are five of the projects currently underway at IMS. Which upgrade are you looking forward to the most?

Jonathan Hess from Browning is explaining the changes to the paddock roof top.  The roof will be 17' higher!

Jonathan Hess from Browning is explaining the changes to the paddock roof top. The roof will be 17′ higher!

ONE: Jonathan Hess, president of Indianapolis-based Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects, is the lead architect on Project 100’s grandstand renovations. (Read our Q&A with him here.) In this photo, Hess is explaining the changes to the paddock rooftop. The roof will be 17 feet higher! We are hoping to create better sightlines by raising the roof level and removing some of the columns and the posts that obstruct the views.

Fans will have the ability to purchase these green chairs from Turn 1 penthouse! Stay tuned for details how!

Fans will have the ability to purchase these green chairs from Turn 1 penthouse! Stay tuned for details how!

TWO: Many of the current seats in the upper deck of the front straightaway and into Turn 1 are folding chairs. We anticipate the installation of stadium seats to enhance the experience. Fans will have the ability to purchase these green chairs from Turn 1 penthouse – stay tuned for details!

This will be the new fencing. Built in New Paris, IN it will feature cleaner visibility and easier maintenance.

This will be the new fencing. Built in New Paris, IN it will feature cleaner visibility and easier maintenance.

THREE: The current fencing covers approximately 500,000 square feet, half of the IMS oval. This fencing will be replaced with fence built in New Paris, Indiana, that will feature cleaner visibility and easier maintenance.

Lots of upgrades coming to the main entrance at IMS. Including removing these power lines.

Lots of upgrades coming to the main entrance at IMS. Including removing these power lines.

FOUR: Power lines will be moved to the west as an additional upgrade to the Main Entrance of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will help provide additional room behind the Paddock.

A new club option featuring a bar, will be available for Individual seating up to 1,200 new club seats in this area.

A new club option featuring a bar, will be available for Individual seating up to 1,200 new club seats in this area.

FIVE: A portion of the Hulman Suites will be turned into a new Club area, featuring an outdoor bar and up to 1,200 new club seats for individual purchase.

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3 comments
MotownJoe
MotownJoe

Really looking forward to these changes. I *love* IMS...  I feel like it's my home away from home and it's so nice to see the old girl getting well deserved makeover. 

Speedwell
Speedwell

This is very appropriate for the greatest racing venue's 100th 500 mile race. Finding a safe solution for protecting fans from flying debris but allowing a better/best view is extremely nice. Now if there were just some way for us to hear the announcers during the race while cars are running.....

That would be great!

Beckyo913
Beckyo913

I'm waiting for a second exit in the NW vista.  Totally unsafe with only 1 exit.  The whole third turn, short shoot all have back stairs for a second exit.  I guess $103/ticket is not enough to include this project.