The Pagoda is one of the most recognizable structures at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and in worldwide motorsports.
The current Pagoda was built during the massive construction project from 1998-2000 at IMS that included the original, 2.605-mile road course, Formula One-style pit side garages and media center. The Pagoda towers in its magnificence centered on the start-finish line. It has nine tiers or viewing levels and reaches a height of 153 feet, equal to a 13-story building. The flagpole on top extends to 199 feet. The glass panels facing the main straightaway were built in England.
Housed in the new Pagoda are state-of-the-art facilities for race control, safety, timing and scoring and radio broadcast booths. Behind the new Pagoda tower is the Pagoda Plaza area, a focal point for spectators who wish to take a break from viewing the on-track action.
The Pagoda Plaza is fully landscaped with grass and a brick walkway shaped like the oval. A 36-inch strip of bricks runs from the track’s start/finish line, underneath the Pagoda tower and into the middle of the plaza. Large video screens show on-track action and messages. The area is an ideal location for spectators and families to relax.
Interesting Facts about the Current Pagoda:
- Consists of 10 levels in the tower, two levels in race control.
- Overall Pagoda height is 199 feet (60.65 meters), from ground to top of flagpole. Height of Pagoda structure is 153 feet (46.63 meters), from ground to roof.
- 65,000 square feet (6,039 square meters) total area.
- 6,100 cubic yards of concrete.
- 1,170 tons (1,189 metric tonnes) of steel was used.
- 19,500 square feet (1,812 square meters) of glass.
- 17,855 square feet (1,659 square meters) of translucent panel that is outside the balcony levels surrounding the Tower.
- 6,050 square feet (562 square meters) of composite panel.