Every sport or a game has its own history of legends known for becoming exceptionally proficient at comprehending and playing it particularly. These marvels are quite frequently bestowed with a “Hall of Fame” or a reverenced acknowledgment of their competent and adept performances. Such is the case with American auto racing company NASCAR. Through the course of its history, NASCAR has shaped some of the most honored legends in the account of sports.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is a museum located in the city of Charlotte in North Carolina, explicitly dedicated to such competitors of the sport. The building houses a wide variety of exhibits along the interactive simulator rides and attractions for all the ages. However, all the attractions are associated with NASCAR legends and are appreciated by not only car-racing fans but also admired by people who aren’t particularly interested in car racing. The Hall of Fame, however, isn’t a mere museum dedicated to the sole purpose of recognizing the finest of its drivers, but also includes attractions such as a colossal theatre comprising of 278 seats and finest selection of motor vehicles. The theatre is also used for the exhibition of informative films and videos.
The US State of North Carolina has been home to a hefty number of renowned race car drivers. Due to the region’s resonant history in the sports of car racing, it was bound to be the primary choice for the construction of NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. North Carolina is consequently home to numerous other NASCAR offices including the NASCAR Digital Media and a number of teams from the three of NASCAR’s race sequences. These consist of the Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series, and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Quite unsurprisingly, it has employed close to 75% of the United States’ total workforces in the motorsport industry. NASCAR Hall of Fame is located in Uptown CharlotteArea at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Charlotte Motor Speedway is located not far from NASCAR Hall of Fame at an approximate distance of 20 miles (32 kilometers).
Directly after opting the city of Charlotte as its location, NASCAR proceeded to commence the construction process of the site on 6th of March, 2006. NASCAR’s accumulative budget for the construction of the building is estimated to be around $160 million. The responsibility for the construction of edifice was appointed to the city of Charlotte, which also presently possesses ownership of the Hall of Fame. On 11th of March, 2010, the building officially began to draw visitors within its premises. Leaving aside the Hall of Fame, NASCAR also initiated the construction of NASCAR Plaza, a 20-floor building used for official purposes and it covers around 150,000 square feet of area. It has since agreed on a partnership deal with American restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings. It is currently functioned by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.
NASCAR Hall of Fame Building:
The first floor of the building houses the High-Octane Theatre, which incorporates the theatrical screen with 278-seats. The screen is used for the display of various films, especially to aggravate the interest of visitors through the means of an elementary film which introduces and summarizes the primal objectives of the Hall of Fame. Upon reaching the second floor, visitors can discover the Ceremonial Plaza, a video display similar to the High Octane. This, however, is installed in the open air in an area which can be described as a patio. On the same floor, visitors can find an elongated ramp which is known as the Glory Road. This road, as the name suggests, features the “glorious” NASCAR automobiles which are a significant part of NASCAR’s history. The road also features a number of speedways and tracks which are either in current usage or have been demolished hitherto. In addition to that, the second floor is also the area where the Great Hall is present. The Great Hall is a widespread, enclosed area where a stage is constructed. The stage is the backdrop of various rotational exhibits such as cars driven by historical NASCAR legends. Moving on to the third floor, people can visit a 360-degree hall called the “Hall of Honor,” which credits the inducted NASCAR drivers. Furthermore, the Race Week is perhaps the most collaborative characteristic of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Here, visitors can witness every single phase and juncture the NASCAR team undergoes to make a vehicle ready for a run on the speedway. Several interactive simulators also operate in this section of the building. In addition, the fourth floor is entirely dedicated to the Heritage Speedway. This is an area sealed off by the glass and displays artifacts, objects,and relics collected throughout almost sixty years of NASCAR racing events.
Eligibility & Selection Process
Candidates should have a career of at least a decade to take part in an open event and to be recognized into the Hall of Fame. Only non-current drivers are granted admission with a retirement period of three years or more. However, these duties can be overlooked under a certain state of affairs, such as a driver being involved as a contestant in NASCAR races for more than thirty years, however, they don’t have a retirement time of three years then. The same concept is taken into account for a driver who is presently aged over fifty-five years. The aggregate number of admitted persons is fifty, which includes thirty-five drivers and fifteen personnel who were approved of induction due to their services as crew chiefs, advocates or entrepreneurs.
Entry Procedure for Visitors:
Interested individuals need to purchase an entry ticket before entering the premises. The tickets currently cost $20 for adults and $13 for children. These tickets enable visitors to try out all interactive features of the Hall of Fame and catch glimpses of the historical artifacts and a wide array of exhibits. NASCAR Hall of Fame is a perfect tourists attraction which has attractions for all the ages.