A quad-oval track, asphalt surface running a length of 1.5 miles and banking turns of 24 degrees make the Texas Motor Speedway, home to car races and other events, such as AXE Salute Our Troops Pre-Race Show.
Built post-1990, it was constructed in accordance with the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The standards “require all new stadiums to be accessible to people with disabilities so they, their family and friends can enjoy equal access to entertainment, recreation and leisure.” The speedway is home to some wonderful accessible seating, according to some who have been there.
A contributor to the Paralyzed Veterans of America Facebook page said, “They have porches with great views of the entire track. When the fans in front of you stand up, you are above them and can still see all the action anywhere on the track.” Line-of-sight is a key aspect in the ADA, which explains, as the contributor described, that a person seated in a wheelchair must be able to see when individuals in front are seated, but also when they stand up. The ADA requires that accessible seating make up at least 1 percent of the available seating in the stadium (or track).
“I had absolutely no problems,” said John Fay, a member of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Lone Star Chapter. “Handicapped seating is spacious and the handicapped parking is right up in front of the main entrance.”
According to the speedway, when calling to book tickets, supervisors assist individuals with disabilities in securing the best seat location for their needs and gives them detailed information regarding parking, restrooms and other facility access. Fans can listen to all races on 105.3 FM and for those who don't bring scanners or FM radios, devices are available for rent on the concourse and midway areas. Texas Motor Speedway's pre-race ceremonies are captioned, all architectural signs are Braille equipped and service dogs are allowed.
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Ellen Blash is an English major at George Washington University.