TMS building exclusive tailgating area

Texas Motor Speedway's Pit Stop Park scheduled to be completed in early March and ready for the April 7-9 Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend. Courtesy TMS

Texas Motor Speedway announced plans Wednesday for Pit Stop Park, which is being billed as the most distinctive and exclusive tailgating area in motorsports.

Pit Stop Park will encompass an area larger than the size of an NFL football field -- 146 yards in length by 53 yards wide -- catering to fans in the premier tailgating area that TMS offered exclusively for personal vehicles. It will be located less than 100 yards from the speedway’s main entrance gate and will be a private tailgate community with various amenities for fans visiting on Texas Motor Speedway’s three major race weekends.

The gated park will consist of up to 76 reserved tailgating spots and a landscaped common area with sod, trees and an expansive flower bed entrance. Each reserved spot is 36 feet deep by 15 feet wide -- about four traditional parking spots -- to allow fans the room to park their personal vehicle (no RVs or campers), set up a tailgate tent and have enough space for tables, chairs and even a grill. Half of each reserved spot will be natural grass, with 12- to 14-foot ash or oak trees dividing each. And there will be a white picket fence enclosing the park.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in early March and ready for the April 7-9 Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend.

Pit Stop Park also will include a common area featuring picnic tables, horseshoe pits and bean-bag toss areas; security staffing; an upscale portable restroom station; catering options; and daily bagged trash pick-up.

"Pit Stop Park will serve as the perfect complement to Burnout Alley that we opened on the backstretch in 2009 for RV owners wanting something more," TMS president Eddie Gossage said in a statement. "This concept caters to those fans that may not have RVs but still want an upscale and park-like alternative for tailgating with family and friends on race weekends."

To secure a Pit Stop Park tailgating spot, fans must purchase a Personal Parking License (PPL) -- which is similar to a Personal Seat License (PSL) -- for $1,000. The PPL holder will then be charged a $750 yearly maintenance fee. TMS is offering its PSL and season-ticket holders introductory pricing on both the PPL and annual fees with savings from 17 to 34 percent.

PSL holders can purchase the Personal Parking License for $500 and have a $650 annual fee, an initial savings of $600. Season-ticket holders can purchase the PPL for $750 and have a $700 annual fee, a savings of $300.

Pit Stop Park spots go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday. Call the TMS ticket office at (817) 215-8500.