A very important and historical milestone for European drag racing was reached late last Friday. The all concrete quarter mile drag racing track at Tierp Arena was successfully completed.
At this time of the year, the weather i Sweden is anything but predictable. And to be able to cast a drag racing strip of the highest standard, there simply can't be any rain or snow falling while the work is being done. In the last two weeks we have had a total of five days of nice weather which was the perfect condition for pouring the concrete. With a fantastic team of highly professional construction workers who despite long grueling hours were able to complete the track.
The building of the drag strip is very important. But at the same time, it's just the first of many steps to be taken before the arena is complete. Tierp Arena is a multi arena project being built in the most central part of Sweden. This arena will besides drag racing and other motor sport events, hold several large outdoor fairs and music concerts. There will also be a wide range of other sporting events, like cross country skiing, showjumping and much more. The possibilities are endless. Besides all the different events, the area will also hold numerous educational activities throughout the year.
Some figures and facts about Tierp Arena
- The all concrete drag strip is a quarter of a mile(402 meters) long and 59 feet/18 meters wide. The first of it's kind in Europe.
- The race track ends with half a mile(800 meters) of braking area
- A total of three quarters of a mile(1200 meters) of concrete safety barriers will run along each side of the track.
- The U-shaped grand stand will have a 20000 permanent seating capacity.
- 4.5 million Swedes live within three hours driving range of Tierp Arena.
- Tierp Arena is situated just over 1 hours drive north of the center of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
- It takes less than 1 hour drive to Tierp Arena from Stockholm Arlanda international airport.
- The first drag racing event will be held in May 2011.