At the NCM Bash last year, we heard mention that the National Corvette Museum may be exercising an option it had to purchase additional land around the NCM’s Motorsports Park. In the latest NCM Newsletter, the Museum has announced that it has followed through on those plans with the purchase of an additional 208.323 acres of adjoining property next to the track.
The Museum has held the purchase option on the land since 2010 but the word came down that the property owners were not going to renew the option at the existing price. The NCM officially closed on the purchase on Wednesday, January 23rd. With the purchase, the NCM Motorsports Complex grows to 430 acres.
“We do not have any immediate plans for the land. With a growing interest in activities offered at the NCM Motorsports Park, we wanted to secure space for any future expansions,” said Wendell Strode, Executive Director of the National Corvette Museum, which owns the facility. “Bowling Green is currently the fastest growing city in Kentucky. Our goal at the Museum and Motorsports Park is to continue to enhance our offerings for both locals and visitors.”
The NCM is also continuing to develop the commercial property on 10.591 acres that fronts Porter Pike, the main road in front of the Motorsports Park. Customizable spaces are available from 8,000 to 18,000 square feet.
“Our audience and visitation numbers at the track continues to grow each year, especially given the close proximity to I-65,” said Mitch Wright, General Manager of the NCM Motorsports Park. “We added go-karts late in the season for 2017, and are exploring other adventure tourism offerings at the facility. Some ideas others have shared with us include a playground, rock climbing wall and bicycle trails. We want our facility to continue to grow and serve as a recreational and educational resource for our community.”
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