Iconic Sprint Tower taken down from Daytona Speedway


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The first piece of the iconic Sprint Tower was carefully taken down on Wednesday morning, by an almost 500-foot red crane.

"It's kind of a loss for words. It's pretty neat. It's like I said, historical," said Gabe Cruser.

Cruser and his family happened to be taking a tour of the Daytona International Speedway when crews started demolishing the tower. The tower weighs more than 2 million pounds, which is equivalent to the weight of 684 Toyota Camry race cars.

"It's actually kind of amazing to see something like this going into construction," said Darrell Cruser.

"We're doing the reverse of what was being built. We're going to saw cut the top, the roof sections and bring them down in pieces with two beams and the concrete that's in between them," said Ken Stiles, superintendent of Barton Marlow Construction.

Stiles said he currently has 800 workers on this project that already lifted part of the roof and the top part of a stair tower.

"Just to watch it be demolished right in front of me, it's pretty exciting," said Jill Koziarz.

Stiles said the sky box and media cache should be demolished within two days and it'll take another 130 major lifts to demolish the rest.

All while the Daytona Rising Project continues on.

"The way the building ties together and the fact that we've come from both ends, when we get the middle, when we get that all together, it's going to be incredible," said Stiles.

"Hopefully in the next couple of years, we'll be able to come back and see what it looks like once it's all said and done," said Cruser.

Demolition process should take about 30 days.

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