The Sports Pavilion & Automotive Research Complex (SPARC) - News & Updates
June 12, 2013 8:04 pm at 8:04 pm #373837
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.October 1, 2013 1:42 am at 1:42 am #373838
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.October 8, 2013 1:24 am at 1:24 am #373839
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.
[URL=http://s290.photobucket.com/user/pylnrcr/media/CarShowEventPostcard_zps8f9b7977.jpg.html][IMG]http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll252/pylnrcr/CarShowEventPostcard_zps8f9b7977.jpg[/IMG][/URL]October 14, 2013 4:20 pm at 4:20 pm #373840
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.November 28, 2013 1:35 am at 1:35 am #373841
Saw this on Facebook, thought I would share here.
[i]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).[/i]December 12, 2013 3:35 am at 3:35 am #373842
[b]Nascar’s Michael Waltrip in the Studio to discuss SPARC[/b]
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 [url=http://myfox28columbus.com/shared/news/features/featured/stories/wtte_nascars-michael-waltrip-studio-4440.shtml]here[/url].
Looks like ground breaking is January 10th!December 13, 2013 5:34 am at 5:34 am #373843
Developers Team up with Racing Legend for Hunger Drive
Updated: Thursday, December 12 2013, 07:43 PM EST
[i]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.shtmlMarch 29, 2014 5:00 pm at 5:00 pm #999539
Article in the April Columbus Monthly indicates that the project is aiming for a Mid-2015 opening now.April 8, 2014 4:06 pm at 4:06 pm #1006223
Looks like heavy equipment is being delivered to the site today. Might be close to dirt moving time.April 8, 2014 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm #1006299
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.htmlApril 11, 2014 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm #1007277
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.April 18, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am #1008979
Looks like the actual demo has started. They’re knocking down walls.April 18, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm #1009006
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.April 19, 2014 1:37 pm at 1:37 pm #1009418
Good to see they’re finally getting started on thisApril 19, 2014 5:51 pm at 5:51 pm #1009438
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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