NASCAR Hall of Fame Holds Grand Opening

May 11, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

NASCAR HALL OF FAME:A young fan looks at a race car along Glory Road during the NASCAR Hall of Fame's grand opening on May 11 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR Hall of Fame)
NASCAR HALL OF FAME:A young fan looks at a race car along Glory Road during the NASCAR Hall of Fame's grand opening on May 11 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR Hall of Fame)
NASCAR opened the doors of its brand new Hall of Fame Tuesday to the delight of racing fans around the nation.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame located in Charlotte, North Carolina, will host a variety of events to commemorate the new facility. One special feature for the opening day was a commemorative ticket that is sure to become a collectors' item in the future.

The first round of NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee nominations was announced last October. Nominees included racing legends such as Richard Petty, Bill France Jr., Dale Ernhardt, and Jumor Johnson. A complete list of inductees is available at www.NASCARHall.com.

Local museums and theaters in Charlotte showed their support for the NASCAR Hall of Fame by offering discounts to anyone who visited the venue. NASCAR fans were able to check out the new hall and then enjoy discounts to other locations, including the Actor’s Theater of Charlotte that held a special show titled “Heaven on Wheels.”

“Heaven on Wheels” was described by the theater as a “stock car racing tribute musical.”

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is set in a 150,000-square-foot facility that features interactive computer prompts designed to make browsing through the mesmerizing history of NASCAR even more fun. The hall has a 275-person state-of-the-art theater, 40,000-square-foot ballroom, and the official NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop.