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Phoenix Raceway Unveils Details Of $178 Mil Upgrade Plan

(Photo courtesy Phoenix Raceway)
A rendering of where the changes will be at Phoenix Raceway.

Phoenix International Raceway on Monday announced details of planned upgrades to the Avondale racetrack.

Phoenix Raceway is owned by the International Speedway Corporation, which will pump $178 million announced last year into modernizing the race track over the next year and a half.

One major change will shift the start and finish line to the second turn. The company also plans to build out a new grandstand with escalators and elevators, and upgrade the existing seats to include Wi-Fi access.

And there will be more shaded areas, along with a redesigned infield.

The new raceway is slated to be complete by the fall of 2018.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been modified to correct the dollar amount in the headline.

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