Canadian Motor Speedway

According to a number of media sources, including AutoBlog.com, longstanding rumors of a possible NASCAR-style racetrack coming to Fort Erie are now becoming reality. There have been rumblings of the development for years, and as with any major development of this sort there are are those who steadfastly support the idea as a boon for the regional economy, and there are those who are vehemently opposed to the idea. 

Reports are saying that the world class one-mile oval speedway is being designed with the help of race pro Jeff Gordon. Investors are doing everything possible to attract NASCAR sanctioned racing to the track. According to AutoBlog,.com, the price tag on the Canadian Motor Speedway is $400-million and would seat around 65,000 spectators plus 80 suites. Canadian Motor Speedway executive director Azhar Mohammed said* that, “This will be a world class facility that will attract visitors from all over North America. We are very anxious to begin the next steps in seeing the speedway become a reality.”
News of the racetrack has drawn a fair share of critics, although the Ontario Municipal Board feels that the tourism positives outweigh the environmental negatives such as noise and air pollution. The site chosen for the raceway is the former Fort Erie Race Track (horse racing and slots), which puts the site in close proximity to Buffalo. 
The Buffalo News recently reported that The Canadian Motor Speedway would also incorporate a series of major retail and restaurant endeavors, as well as go-carts, snowmobiles and BMX racing.  
*Quote and image: AutoBlog.com

About the author  ⁄ queenseyes

Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

18 comments
Malone_C
Malone_C

Sheldon, nothing like gettin some dirt in your teeth and eyes while sippin on cold Carling can and eyeing up the thongs

synthesis
synthesis

On development stories like this I always ask where is the new money and what is the risk. New money is that which is made by area venders from out of towners such as where in 8 weeks in the Fall the Bills bring I would guess about 20,000 Canadian and Rochester fans to town but at a steep financial risk to the local tax payer. Here we have a situation where the Canadians assume all of the risk and we stand to gain in the new money department. If it blows up in there face then this side of the river will just shrug its shoulders and move on, if not then we should be ready to showcase our city to the rest of the country.

whatever
whatever

Yes, it looks as though Queenseyes was inaccurate about the proposed location.

Neither the links at Autoblog or Buffalo News say the car track would be at the horse track site like the BR article says. To the contrary, the BN report says a different location near QEW north of Gilmore Rd.

Polonia
Polonia

Sounds like a bunch of unfounded crap.

Jaxson
Jaxson

I used to like losing mOney at the horses in the seventies at that horse track Not to fond of NASCAR like everyone down here

rb09
rb09

Peace Bridge Traffic... !

LouisTully
LouisTully

Yeah, those horses live better than you and I.

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Doo Doo like auto racing? Comments like that just express the ignorance of people in the area. All they know is football and hockey. The profit from a single NASCAR sanctioned race going there even once a year would be far more than a dozen small horse races. It would also provide a chance for Canadian fans to see oval racing instead of just one road course up in Montreal. Fans from WNY and Canada deserve to have a track like that and instead of judging a sport they don't understand, finally get to experience what actually goes on at one.

Alex
Alex

no, this speedway also has a road course, and, like Watkins Glen, will be used every weekend and some weekdays for track days, fun SCCA events, and other uses that bring in income. They also don't abuse animals in the process like a horse track would. Win Win.

DeanerPPX
DeanerPPX

The horse track would have been used, what, daily or weekly during the season. A motor speedway gets used once for large events and may host a half-dozen smaller events through the year.

Granted, it's a much larger event when NASCAR does come, and does employ more people. But that money all goes to sponsors and distributors in other parts of the country or worldwide. At least the horse track's profits went to the Province.

Crystal Strand
Crystal Strand

Where did you get the information that the NotNASCAR speedway will be on the site of the horse track? I know there are big problems with the intended site, but this new/old site has not been made public. Also, the NotNASCAR speedway will NOT be affiliated with NASCAR as NASCAR officials sent a letter to the developers demanding that they cease and desist in using the NASCAR name in their advertisements. NASCAR has no intention of adding CMS to its league. Also, we have already been misled into thinking that there would be a Research and Development program with McMaster University out of Hamilton. Not then, nor ever will it happen. Do your homework. There is a bigger story here. Track may never be built. I'd bet on it.

No_Illusions
No_Illusions

Actually I believe you are right about the RV camping. However, not everyone will be doing that, so it could still be a boon for downtown hotels.

LouisTully
LouisTully

I lived in Louisville for a while so I'm fond of horse racing. On the hosting topic: I may be wrong but isn't a considerable part of the Nascar experience to camp in an RV on the infield?

No_Illusions
No_Illusions

Well you could blame the Ontario government for that. Under new regulations the raceway would have been losing nearly $6million CAD per year.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/12/sport/horse-racing-funding-cuts/index.html

Horse racing is just not as popular as it was 100 years ago.

A Nascar track is a good modern sustainable replacement.

This is great news for Buffalo. Ft Erie has a population of 30,000. They don't have even close to the capacity to host 65,000 people for major races. Buffalo, however, does.

The racetrack is two miles from the peace bridge and another 1.5 miles from downtown.

Also do not underestimate Nascar viewership in Western New York and Southern Ontario.

I'm surprised you aren't praising them for getting rid of horse racing. It robs the locals of their hard earned money, much like casinos and the lottery does.

LouisTully
LouisTully

That's awesome. Shut down a horse track and put in doodoo like auto racing.

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