Daytona Rising hosts open house

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Fans were more than impressed at Wednesday's Daytona Rising "open house."

Folks experienced a lot of the new amenities including the seats, concourses and escalators and believe it's now more fan-friendly.

"We've been looking for this for years, an easy way up here," said one fan talking about the new escalators.

Other folks raved about the new plush seats that are now equipped with cupholders.

"Very comfortable, they're wider," said Richard Smith, from Ohio.

But the biggest talker of the day were the new and improved bathrooms.

"Spacious and nice," said Sally Stuvek, from Alaska.

"The hand dryers are awesome!" said Beverly Pitman.

Fans just couldn't get enough.

"All the silly things you might think that are silly make a big difference in the race experience," said Kelly Allred.

Earlier in the morning, 500 ticket holders had the chance to have a guided tour with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Ryan Newman, A.J. Allmendinger and Clint Bowyer.

"We've been race fans forever and it seems like it keeps getting better and better," said Dot Ethridge.

Even first-timers were impressed.

"I'm not a real race fan but now I think I am. I think I got bit a little bit," said Everett Marshall.

Fans are now looking forward for the renovations to being completed.

"Eventually it'll all get finished and It'll really be quite a legendary place," said Richard Smith.

The $400 million dollar project is expected to be finished by January 2016.

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