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Seat Removal Underway at Dover International Speedway

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A section of seating removed from Dover International Speedway. (Nick Layman/WBOC) A section of seating removed from Dover International Speedway. (Nick Layman/WBOC)

A frame is all that remains of some of the grandstand along the third turn at Dover International Speedway, a visible sign of the ongoing work to reduce seats at the venue.

Crews this week have been disassembling seating sections along the third turn of the Monster Mile. Once work is completed, the racetrack will sit 85,000 people, down from 95,500 it previously held after the latest seating reduction.

Officials with the speedway say they're focusing on improving the environment for fans at a time when NASCAR attendance is down across the country At its peak capacity, the speedway had a capacity of 135,000 seats.

"It's happening across all sports and certainly all motorsports venues if you look at some of the major tracks that host on the schedule," said Gary Camp, a spokesman for Dover International Speedway who noted that the current seat removal is part of a process that started several years ago.

Although there will be fewer seats, Camp said the fans who attend races like the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events in June won't be affected by the changes.

"The removal of aluminum from our property doesn't change the experience that fans can still have here," he said. "There's still great racing here."

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