In a press release Friday, April 4, Watkins Glen International announced that it will open a new tailgate area for fans during the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen this August. The new area, called "Paddock Tailgate Park," will be located in the North Paddock area and will overlook the existing Turn 1 Tailgate area behind the Pit Terrace Grandstand on the infield.
About this new feature for fans, WGI President Michael Printup stated, "It is all about the fans at WGI and we know that our fans love to camp and tailgate. I have had the chance to personally meet a few of our tailgaters each year during the NASCAR weekend and I know they will be thrilled with this new section."
Cost of the new viewing spot will be $250. Fans will receive one vehicle pass and 10 wristbands for guests to enter the new tailgate area. Track admission must be purchased separately.
All spots are paved and measure 15 x 40 feet. Paddock Tailgate Park will be open Friday through Sunday 8 a.m. until one hour after on-track activity ends. No camping or overnight parking will be allowed in Paddock Tailgate Park.
Fans with Paddock Tailgate Park tickets will be near the Pit Terrace Grandstand where a free FanVision rental is available with the purchase of an adult seat. FanVision is a handheld device that provides in-venue content and is available throughout the WGI facility at additional cost.
The NASCAR Cheez-It 355 at The Glen will take place August 7-10.
Watkins Glen International is located at the southern tip of Seneca Lake in central New York's Finger Lakes region.
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