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The Sports Pavilion & Automotive Research Complex (SPARC) - News & Updates

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  • #373837

    FireEngine
    Participant

    I believe the metal upper deck seats originally came from Dodger stadium and still had the LA on the aisle seat. In case you know anyone who roots for the Dodgers instead of the Clippers.

    #373838

    drtom1234
    Participant

    Whatever happened with this project? I drive by the Cooper Stadium site every day, and, at least from the highway, I can’t see any signs of construction. I’m not a huge racing guy, but it seemed like it would bring more energy to the “downtownish” area.

    #373839

    CooperGuy
    Member

    Adding to a selection of things to do around town this weekend is a Saturday Cruise-in & Custom Car Show to be held on the Cooper Stadium/SPARC grounds. The event, called “Support The Sports 2013” is being held to benefit the Gladden Community House in Franklinton. The event is open to all years, makes, & models with a huge array of classics, muscle cars, street rods, sports & competition cars expected to turn out.

    Stop by, check it out! Registration begins at 8am, awards at 4pm.

    #373840

    CooperGuy
    Member

    All in all a great day at Cooper Stadium/SPARC as the first ever “Support the Sports” event raised just over $3000 for the Gladden Community House sports programs. There were dozens of custom, classic, & muscle cars to check out, grilled food, music, and a crowd favorite autocross ride-along.

    Long lines for the autocross ride-along in the West parking lot

    Tons of cool automotive machinery in the East lot

    Hope to see this community fundraiser continue & grow in the coming years.

    #373841

    JeepGirl
    Participant

    Saw this on Facebook, thought I would share here.

    SPARC, Michael Waltrip, MWR and the Aaron’s Big Rig of Help are holding a Food Drive in support of the FEED The Children’s mission where they will also be donating $100,000 of food and personal health items to two local charities serving the near west side of Columbus, LifeCare Alliance and Gladden House. These goods will later be distributed to at least 400 families in need. Fans are invited to come out the day of the event with non-perishable food item to donate and will have the opportunity to meet Michael Waltrip. There will also be a NASCAR race car available for fans to take photos with!

    The event will be held on December 12th from 11:30am to 3pm at Cooper Stadium (1155 West Mound Street, Columbus, OH 43223).

    #373842
    Caleb
    Caleb
    Participant

    Nascar’s Michael Waltrip in the Studio to discuss SPARC
    WTTE FOX 28 Columbus

    COLUMBUS — Nascar driver and team owner Michael Waltrip will be donating $100,000 of food and clothing Thursday to the Lifecare Alliance Thursday at the Sports Pavillon & Automotive Research Center. Fans are invited to for autographs and pictures at 12:45.

    Watch the video here.

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    Looks like ground breaking is January 10th!

    #373843

    News
    Participant

    Developers Team up with Racing Legend for Hunger Drive
    Updated: Thursday, December 12 2013, 07:43 PM EST

    Builders are gearing up to turn the old Cooper Stadium into a half-mile test and race track. SPARC (Sports Pavilion & Automotive Research Center) will take around 18 months to complete. Organizers unveiled a video demo of the finished project that will serve as a automotive research and technology center, as well as a conference and lodging complex. Racing Champion Michael Waltrip utilized the new venture to give back to local charities including LifeCare Alliance and Gladden Community House.

    READ MORE: http://www.abc6onyourside.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wsyx_cooper-stadium-site-gets-green-light-race-track-27999.shtml

    #999539

    JAL
    Participant

    Article in the April Columbus Monthly indicates that the project is aiming for a Mid-2015 opening now.

    #1006223

    MRipley
    Participant

    Looks like heavy equipment is being delivered to the site today. Might be close to dirt moving time.

    #1006299

    News
    Participant

    Whatever happened to SPARC?
    By MICHELLE SULLIVAN
    From the April 2014 edition

    Groundbreaking at the automotive-technology park was announced with fanfare in October 2012, and a racing-star partner soon followed. But there’s still no sign of life at old Cooper Stadium.

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusmonthly.com/content/stories/2014/04/04/whatever-happened-to-sparc.html

    #1007277

    GCrites80s
    Participant

    A guy who works on my IROC from time to time actually had set up some of his equipment at SPARC last year. So my car has already been worked on there. But he’s had to move his stuff out of there since it is time for Arshot to start work.

    #1008979

    MRipley
    Participant

    Looks like the actual demo has started. They’re knocking down walls.

    #1009006
    Caleb
    Caleb
    Participant

    Demolition work finally begins at Cooper Stadium
    By Mark Ferenchik
    The Columbus Dispatch • Friday April 18, 2014 11:10 AM

    Demolition work has finally begun on Cooper Stadium, starting the transformation of Columbus’ venerable home of minor league baseball into a race track.

    Crews today are tearing down a building behind the grandstand along the first base line.

    A pile of concrete blocks and other rubble sit behind the stadium, exposing what had been a men’s restroom. Piles of metal lay across the reserved seats behind home plate.

    Plans call for the grandstand along the first-base line to be torn down as Arshot Investment Corp. converts the stadium into a race track, part of the $40 million Sports Pavilion and Automotive Research Complex, or SPARC.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/04/18/Demolition-finally-starts-at-Cooper-Stadium.html

    #1009418
    King Gambrinus
    King Gambrinus
    Participant

    Good to see they’re finally getting started on this

    #1009438
    derm
    derm
    Participant

    There were multiple pics in todays Dispatch. There is a ton of salvageable material including a ton of seats that they are just taking the wrecking ball to. That is disappointing to me to think of all the potentially reclaimed material that is landfill bound.

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