Design New MRA Track With Two Ends in View: Spectator Comfort, Visibility Worked Into Architects Plans, Daily Racing Form, 1949-06-04


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Design New MRA Track With Two Ends in View Spectator Comfort, Visibility Worked Into Architects Plans FAIR GROUNDS, Detroit, Mich., June 3. — The Michigan Racing Associations new multi-million dollar plant, to be erected at Schoolcraft and Middlebelt Roads, near Detroit, will be designed with spectator comfort and visibility foremost in mind, vice-president George Haggarty announced today. Architects Giffels and Vallet, of Detroit, and John Sloan, of New York, have nearly completed plot plans and working drawings, which call for wider-than-ordinary aisles between sections and between rows in the 8,000 capacity grandstand-clubhouse. An inclined terrace accommodating an additional 25,000 fans will be built along the stretch. "No other track in the State of Michigan will offer complete and unlimited visibility from every point," Haggarty said. "This is because stands now in use were designed for fairs and other exhibitions not requiring free and unhampered movement of patrons to and from their seats. "The new MRA stands, which will be the most modern in the world, will incorporate the finest features to be found in any race track anywhere." The association, which is now conducting an 80-day thoroughbred race meeting at the Detroit Fair Grounds expects to have the Livonia Township establishment ready not later than Memorial Day in 1950. The Fair Grounds is closed to running racing after this year by an act of the legislature.

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