Last year more than 400,000 people visited New England’s premier motorsport complex – South Boston Speedway. This year, the numbers might be even bigger, considering the fact that the Brickyard Crossing Retail & Dining Complex opened this past summer.
The property, which includes a 10-track oval and a drag strip, features over 150,000 square feet of retail and dining space.
But what is South Boston Speedway? Why should you care about this racing location? Let’s take a look.
A Premier Motorsport Complex
Located in South Boston, just off of I-93, the speedway boasts 10-tracks and boasts some of the most iconic race cars ever made. It was once the home of the Indy Racing League. Today, the complex is owned by Jonathan Pollard who also owns the New England Aquarium.
The track is open year-round and features some amazing racing memorabilia.
In addition to the track, the complex also features a drag strip, a go-kart track, and two hotels – the Wyndham and the DoubleTree by Hilton.
The property is a true gem that anyone who enjoys motorsport history and big crowds should visit. It’s location right next to Logan Airport makes it a bit easier for out-of-staters to visit as well.
The Indy Racing League purchased the speedway for $11.5 million in 1982 and invested heavily in renovations and updating the facility. One of the most significant changes was the addition of a roof! Prior to this addition, the speedway was open to the elements. It was a tough place to race in extreme weather conditions.
The league held its first race meeting at the speedway on September 13th, 1983 and continued to hold regularly scheduled meetings there until they ceased operations in 1997.
From its humble beginnings as a quarter-mile oval, the facility was re-configured into a single-mile road course in 1986, followed by a 10-turn, 3.7-mile intermediate track in 1988. In the following two decades, the speedway saw several significant upgrades throughout its history including two new hotel towers, a new grandstand, a new paddock area, and other various repairs and updates. Today, South Boston Speedway is arguably one of the most recognizable and beloved motorsport venues in the world!
With the opening of the new Wyndham Hotel & Resorts, this past summer, the future of the speedway looks incredibly bright. The new hotel, designed by the famous Polish architect, Jerzy Katowski, will give the iconic track a major facelift.
The hotel chain purchased the speedway for a reported $16.9 million in 2015 and has invested heavily in renovations, upgrading it to meet contemporary standards, while keeping the original charm of the building. The hotel’s group head, Robert McEntire, is also a seasoned motorsport business executive who knows exactly what he’s doing and has big plans for the site.
While the speedway could use some renovations and upgrading, it’s still one of the most recognizable and beloved sporting venues in New England. If you’re a fan of professional motorsport, there’s nowhere else you need to be other than South Boston Speedway.