Fri, Dec 03, 2004
Money Ultimately Killed The Deal
The deal is off for a NASCAR racetrack just south of Arlington
Municipal Airport (AWO) in the state of Washington.
Many local pilots and AOPA had expressed concerns about building
the 75,000-seat stadium in the approach/departure zone for Runway
"Whether a football stadium, basketball arena, or racetrack was
slated for the site, it's bad public policy to allow large
gatherings of people near the end of a runway at an active
airport," said Roger Cohen, AOPA vice president of regional
affairs. "That's why both FAA and Washington state guidelines would
have precluded locating the racetrack near AWO, and why AOPA and
our AWO Airport Support Network volunteer advocated so strongly
against that location."
But it was economics that ultimately killed the deal. The city
of Marysville wanted International Speedway Corp. to either pay
more of the estimated $250 million construction tab or guarantee
that a big-time racing series would come to the track. Both sides
decided the costs were too high.
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