It looks like the Monster Mile is the latest to join the list of race tracks cutting down on total number of seats.
According to a report originally in the Delaware State News, the turns 2 and 3 grandstands at Dover International Speedway are currently being removed, due to a declining need for spectator seating for events, including NASCAR racing, at the 45-year-old facility.
In total, the track says it will remove 17,500 aluminum seats as part of a multiphase plan to “right size the facility,” according to track director of communications Gary Camp. The total capacity of Dover will decrease to 95,500 for the 2015 racing season.
Dover does not release its attendance numbers. However, the last reported estimates from 2012 saw both races (spring and fall) at 85,000 fans.
The track also announced it will be adding in a new 21-foot-tall catchfence to replace the current 15-foot fence. Outside of increased safety for spectators and drivers alike, the fence will also allow Dover to utilize new technology and safety measures.
The track declined to release what both projects are costing Dover Motorsports.