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River Cities Speedway grandstand future is in question

GRAND FORKS, ND--The Grandstand at River Cities is becoming unstable, generating some concern throughout the community.

The stand was first built in 1937, and christened by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

How to fix the city staple is up in the air.

One county commissioner wants to rip it down - but that could be tough because it is on the national historic registry.

A  phase project has also been discussed - but that could impact seating on the six thousand seat grandstand.

There is hope to start the possible three million dollar project next year - but it would take several years to fix.

Commissioners are torn what to do.

"We could potentially operate without the use of the grandstand. THe fair could that, the races could do that, although it would hurt them, especially for the big races like the World of Outlaws. So that's not a great option, but it's a possibility,” said Mark Landa, of the Grand Forks Fair Board.

They hope to decide at their next meeting in a few weeks.

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