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This is an artist's rendering of the proposed development of the Cooper Stadium site as a half-mile auto-racing track. Read more
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David B

Hopkinsville, KY

#1 Jan 29, 2010
Bring it on! Look people, it means jobs, it means people having opportunity to do something productive & providing for their families.
penworth hillingbottom ll

Columbus, OH

#2 Jan 29, 2010
Go for it!
Bucku2

Galloway, OH

#3 Jan 29, 2010
By all means if the city of Columbus is willing to accept, a Casino and that will help on unemployment , why not? We now have channel 4 on High St. New York style,Nationwide Arena,The Crew Stadium, The biggest fair in the world, a convention center that holds many car shows,and comic books, etc, and lets not forget the best college next to Harvard,This is allowing a strong and growing city of opportunities,and growth, and again more jobs.We all pay our taxes so why not enjoy the possibilities.
Angel

Columbus, OH

#5 Jan 29, 2010
Look. I lived in Bristol, TN. They have a half mile track there which the one at cooper stadium would be. The revenue that the races brought in twice a year was absolutely awesome. The city would prepare for it and yes the residents would complain. But when the small businesses would make more money and even the people who work for any size company would get overtime to accomdate the racing community, they would stop. It can be a very profitable thing for Columbus to have.
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Columbus, OH

#6 Jan 29, 2010
Jeffery Sites

Columbus, OH

#7 Jan 29, 2010
OMG here we go again.. Another fight, we are going to have to listen to. Hay, ROAR, I use to live beside the track in indy. I could sit on the front porch and not even know a race was going on. So get over it and let that area and Columbus become the city is says it is.

I think it's a great idea..
Ear plugs

Grove City, OH

#8 Jan 29, 2010
Will this be far enough away from Arena district so it won't interfere with Dispatch owner financial interests? Or perhaps they'd like to have it at the Westland Mall complex. When will Dispatch Editors issue directives to city leaders on this?

“Sadly it is what it is.”

Since: Nov 09

Toonville

#9 Jan 29, 2010
No now lets let ROAR have their way. Then in ten years when the Coop is grown over with weeds and more gang wars erupt and the property values are at zero or less. They will say we shoulda built the race track. Careful what you wish for ROAR.
SomeoneWhoKnowsB etter

Canal Winchester, OH

#10 Jan 29, 2010
Bucku2 wrote:
We now have channel...the best college next to Harvard
Hilarious. Absolutely hilarious.
SomeoneWhoKnowsB etter

Canal Winchester, OH

#11 Jan 29, 2010
Angel wrote:
Look. I lived in Bristol, TN. They have a half mile track there which the one at cooper stadium would be. The revenue that the races brought in twice a year was absolutely awesome. The city would prepare for it and yes the residents would complain. But when the small businesses would make more money and even the people who work for any size company would get overtime to accomdate the racing community, they would stop. It can be a very profitable thing for Columbus to have.
Yes, but that half-mile track in Bristol also seats close to 100,000 people (the Cooper Stadium track won't) and also has two two top-level NASCAR races every year (the Cooper Stadium track won't), along with the minor-league support races (the Cooper Stadium track won't). Don't get me wrong, I love racing and used to work for one of the ARCA teams. But comparing a track at Cooper Stadium to Bristol is delusional thinking at best.

For a preview of how well this could turn out, look at the 16th Street Speedway in Indianapolis. No, not the one at 16th Street and Georgesville road, the one that they built at the old ballpark (Bush Stadium) on 16th street that has long since gone belly-up. If you can't make it work in a racing city like Indy, it's not going to work here.
SomeoneWhoKnowsB etter

Canal Winchester, OH

#12 Jan 29, 2010
Jeffery Sites wrote:
OMG here we go again.. Another fight, we are going to have to listen to. Hay, ROAR, I use to live beside the track in indy. I could sit on the front porch and not even know a race was going on. So get over it and let that area and Columbus become the city is says it is.
I think it's a great idea..
I don't know where you used to live, but there's no way on earth that you could have lived within a mile of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and had no idea when a race was going on unless you're stone deaf. I used to live in Indianapolis and have been to IMS many times for NASCAR, Formula 1, and IndyCar races. No matter who is racing you can hear the cars long before you see the track. Even when races aren't going on you can still clearly hear a single car testing from all over the town of Speedway.

“Sadly it is what it is.”

Since: Nov 09

Toonville

#13 Jan 29, 2010
SomeoneWhoKnowsBetter wrote:
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Yes, but that half-mile track in Bristol also seats close to 100,000 people (the Cooper Stadium track won't) and also has two two top-level NASCAR races every year (the Cooper Stadium track won't), along with the minor-league support races (the Cooper Stadium track won't). Don't get me wrong, I love racing and used to work for one of the ARCA teams. But comparing a track at Cooper Stadium to Bristol is delusional thinking at best.
For a preview of how well this could turn out, look at the 16th Street Speedway in Indianapolis. No, not the one at 16th Street and Georgesville road, the one that they built at the old ballpark (Bush Stadium) on 16th street that has long since gone belly-up. If you can't make it work in a racing city like Indy, it's not going to work here.
Good Point
tipusnr

Columbus, OH

#14 Jan 29, 2010
I'd love to see real racing in Columbus. I haven't been to the south side in a couple of years but the let's follow each other around and take forever to stage a race drove me crazy.

I grew up around both dirt and oval dirt track racing and was never as bored as when going to CMS. They need the competition.
Homer

Columbus, OH

#15 Jan 29, 2010
ROAR, that's funny just not in a funny kind of way. Kind of like al franken.
Go Fast

Grove City, OH

#16 Jan 29, 2010
No way it will happen. Someone over at the Arena District will complain.
Bodie

Grove City, OH

#17 Jan 29, 2010
Building a racetrack when other bigger and better tracks are failing is wasteful spending. NASCAR tracks all over the country are having a hard time attracting the crowds they used to and sponsors for racing teams etc are harder and harder to find. It's not an idea that would financially benefit the community nor provide jobs.
QM Racer

Middleboro, MA

#18 Jan 29, 2010
Bring it on! Then we can say GOODBYE to Columbus Motor Speed Way.......
michael coleman

Zanesville, OH

#19 Jan 29, 2010
folks,i am here to let you know,that as mayor of this town,and the puppet of the Dispatch,i have no objections to this race track.

anybody interested in buying a terrible hockey team?
flyonwall

Lima, OH

#20 Jan 29, 2010
Go Fast wrote:
No way it will happen. Someone over at the Arena District will complain.
I'll bet the first one will be "Gambler Scum iz Krazee"
race fan

Columbus, OH

#21 Jan 29, 2010
Go Fast wrote:
No way it will happen. Someone over at the Arena District will complain.
I think it will happen - dispite the Arena people.... go for it!

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