The $53-million expansion of the aquarium in Long Beach, Calif., will not cause any disruption to the Toyota GP of Long Beach, say race organizers.
The Pacific Visions building, to be added to the existing Aquarium of the Pacific, will not encroach on the famous Long Beach track, either during its construction, nor after completion.
San Francisco company EHDD has designed the extension to resemble a blue whale, but although it will be 29,000 sq.ft., it will stretch into the space available on the plaza, where Aquarium Way meets Golden Shore. To race fans, that’s the west end of the track, on the outside of the circuit at Turn 3 (the water fountain roundabout).
The building, which will add some 6,000 sq.ft. of floor space and contain a theater, is expected to be completed in 2018.
A spokesperson for the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach told Motorsport.com: “We’ve been hearing about the plans at the Aquarium for some time now.
“I’m pleased to say the expansion plans aren’t going to affect us at all,” he said. “The entire project is going to take place on existing Aquarium property.
“The Aquarium is currently outside of our fence line, and we understand the fence line in that area will remain unaffected going forward.”
Long Beach hosts the 42nd TGP on April 15-17, the fourth round in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series calendar.