Dover starts to widen seats

Matt Kenseth won the May event in 2011

Matt Kenseth won the May event in 2011

Pontiac used to claim that wider was better. Well Dover International Speedway is hoping that old adage is true as they plan to widen seats from 18 to 22 inches though out the venue.

Plans were announced Thursday that call for a complete overhaul of the grandstands starting in 2012.

“Year to year, we’re always exploring ways to improve the experience for fans who attend our races at the Monster Mile,” said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “Because many seats have already been renewed by our most loyal fans, we don’t want to displace them in an effort to make this change in one fell swoop. We’ll do our best to widen seats this year, and complete the process by 2014.

“By widening our seats we are responding to suggestions from our fans and allowing them to enjoy the race in a far more comfortable setting.”

When the track completes the changes it’s capacity will drop from 140,000 to 113,000. This year roughly 82,000 fans attended the May event while 83,000 attended the race in October.

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