The Effects of the Texas Motor Speedway

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The North Texas area has recently added a feature to its geography that will help the local economy to prosper. This man-made monstrosity is called the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), it covers an area of more than 1,200 acres, construction workers had to move more than 4 million cubic yards of dirt in building the speedway, also the main grandstand has room enough for more than 200,000 people. "Under construction for nearly six months, Texas Motor Speedway [is] America's second largest sports facility," (Maready Feb. 8). The motor speedway includes many interesting and amazing sights, like the Lone Star Tower, the 10-story building that looks out over the raceway's second turn. It has 76 luxury condominiums with living-room views of the auto races. Each is selling for between $275,000 and $575,000. Also, the speedway has a ballroom, tennis courts and exercise facilities. And of course there's the bathrooms, there are 2,450 toilets, twice as many for women as for men.

Speedway officials say the speedway has more toilets than any other facility in the world. It takes a lot to keep up the TMS, for instance the speedway lighting system, which uses mirrors to simulate glare-free daylight, uses enough electricity to power 2,286 homes or to light a 406-mile highway. And speaking of highway, the speedway contains 5,250 tons of concrete, enough to build a sidewalk from Fort Worth to San Antonio (Dearing). As much as the speedway is a spectacle around the metroplex, it really has helped to better our economic system. The newly constructed Texas Motor Speedway is helping the local economy by increasing aggregate spending in the area, causing the surrounding area to develop, and raising national awareness of events, jobs, and businesses surrounding the speedway. The amount of money that is spent at and around the...