Standing high above the start finish line at the track is the Pagoda. I did a little research and discovered, that although this is a relatively modern structure, its predecessors stood watch over the track as early as 1913, providing a viewing point for race officials and the media.


The first structures were made of wood, with a very Asian styling. In 1956, the last wooden Pagoda was taken down and replaced with a glass and steel structure. Very modern at the time, it looked dated and dowdy by the end of the century when it was replaced with this version.

With a nod to the Asian styling of the originals, this new tower, has nine tiers or viewing levels and reaches a height of 153 feet, equal to a 13-story building. It is visible from almost anywhere on the track