Bowman Gray Stadium
Bowman Gray Stadium is an integral part of Winston-Salem Sports and Entertainment Complex. It is also the home of Winston-Salem State University Rams football team. This is a NASCAR sanction 0.40 km asphalt flat oval short track and also one of the most famous football stadiums of Winston-Salem in North Carolina.
This stadium is also one of the most legendary venues where car races are most important. It is also known as NASCAR’s longest-running race track. This stadium was also the venue for school football for several years – 1970’s to 1980s. Two famous schools which include R.J Reynolds High School and Parkland had this stadium as their home field for many years, till the schools had their own facility.
History Bowman Gray Stadium
This stadium was a part of a public works project and was built in 1937. The objective of the project was to provide employment to people during the Great Depression. The first event took place in this stadium in 1938 and was a football game played between Duke University and Wake Forest College. In the initial years, the stadium hosted mainly the collegiate football events till trotter horse racing was added. The 1st auto racing took place from 1939 to 1949.
It was on May 18th, 1949 when the 1st NASCAR sanctioned event took place in the region. Alvin Hawkins and Bill France Sr. opened this NASCAR track and was later operated by the members of the Hawkins family. It is still maintained by the Hawkins family. Over the years, racing became highly popular in this track. Thus, 7000 seats were later added in 1953, to accommodate more people.
In the next few years, the track hosted several events such as NASCAR Late Model Short Track Division, Grand National Series, Dash Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series and more. In 1958, the first Grand National Event took place and the event was won by Bob Welborn.
It was in the year 2018, it was known that the stadium would get an amount of $9 million for its renovation. The renovation is expected to end by 2022. It is expected that after the renovation, the stadium will have several new restrooms, a new track resurface and a lot more.
The Stadium at Present
In the present times, the weekly racing tradition continues due to its immense popularity. Races are held from April through August. The track has a seating capacity of 17,000 people and there is an additional 2,000 standing room. The weekly average attendance is usually between 12,000 to 15,000. There are several events which are standing room only since these events have a huge crowd of 23,000 and more.
There are several weekly races which are held here that include stadium stock division, street stock and sportsman. Bowman Gray hosts many special events which include skid races, demolition derbies and monster trucks.
Where is Bowman Gray Stadium Located?
Address: 1250 S Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27107, United States
Visitors are requested to check the scheduled events.