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Poll: Should a University Take Over the Roseville Speedway?

Several local leaders have said the All American Speedway site would make a good location for a university.

The All American Speedway: It's central; it's large; and it may be a perfect spot for a university, city leaders told The Sacramento Bee.

"It would be a great site because it's increasingly in the center of Roseville. What better to put in an infill site than a university?" Roseville City Councilman John Allard told The Sacramento Bee.

This week, City of Roseville officials signed a to the area.

The Roseville racetrack, which is located at the , has had its issues recently. After undergoing renovations, neighbors began complaining about noise, hours and other issues.

A recent Placer County Grand Jury report found that the . The Grand Jury report suggested that the Placer County Board of Supervisors terminate the contract between the county and the Placer County Fair Association and immediately search for a new organization to run it. 

Now, the Bee reports that the speedway's future may change and the fairgrounds may relocate. But where? Supervisor Kirk Uhler told the Bee that a possible new location could be near Sunset Industrial area, an unincorporated area in south Placer County.

During a public forum on the speedway's noise in the summer of 2011, officials said the . Racing brings jobs, customers to local restaurants and businesses and visitors to local hotels, Joan Bartosik, chief executive officer of the Placer County Fair Association told attendees at the August 2011 forum.

What do you think about relocating the fairgrounds and bringing a university to the All America City Boulevard location? Is this a good idea? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Arlen Reedman April 13, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Are you people out of your minds? Why not put the university (who needs another one, people can't afford to attend with the high tuition and other costs) where the Sacramento airport is? Or where the new white elephant arena would go if built??
Lauren Gibbs April 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM
A few people had some interesting things to say on our Facebook page in favor of a university taking over the fairgrounds. Jennifer Browning said: "That is a wonderful idea. That part of Roseville isn't very nice and could use some revamping! Would be a real positive change." Heather Gregory asks if it would increase Roseville residents' home values. Anyone want to share why they think moving the fairgrounds and bringing a university to that spot is a bad idea?
Kristie Kobzeff April 13, 2012 at 05:38 PM
As a neighbor near the Speedway, I do not have a problem with the noise or traffic. How will a university impact the traffic in the neighborhood? I think it's a great idea to bring a university to Roseville, but I think the location may need to be reconsidered. Parking and traffic will be a problem without major rennovations.
John J. Speight April 13, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Without redevelopment monies easily at hand WHO is going to pay for this? AND why enrich the consultants that will swarm to the project without the financial pieces in place. We don't need another Arena mess in Roseville. I .agree that parking, traffic, and the overall welfare of the surrounding neighborhoods should get first consideration. Why not quit building houses and put in the University in their place.
kt Carter April 13, 2012 at 08:18 PM
The Speedway and Fairgrounds area is a very dangerous and poor location for a University. Parking, traffic, and student safety would be big problems. I think the Roseville area has a close enough proximity to Sacramento's educational facilities. The expense and cost of a university in Roseville is not necessary. Rocklin has the wonderful William Jessup University for students to attend.
Eric Montz April 14, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I think traffic would be disastrous but would do wonders for Downtown and Old Town Roseville. I think if they promoted Capitol Corridor, they could really alleviate traffic problems from commuters from Sacramento, maybe even make it a requirement for students to use, if feasible. I think they should work with Thunder Valley for the racetrack. They just bought Whitney Oaks Golf Course to promote to their guests. I'm sure a racetrack would be a PERFECT combo to go with their resort and would be willing to share in some of the cost. However, when the economy calls for the former Placer Ranch to be developed, they need to look at the zoning around where a proposed race track would be located so we don't have the same problems as now with the noise in 30 years when it develops around it.
jp April 14, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Agree! Using the Capitol Corridor for transportation to a California public college (Jessup is private) campus at the current Fairgrounds would be excellent. Yes, would do wonders to increase business and tax revenues in Old Town Roseville. Am sure a safe, modern, higher-capability speedway, a short 6.5 miles north of the current site via Industrial Blvd sponsored by the Thunder Valley Casino would be an awesome package experience. And yes, local government must make a long term commitment not to bow to housing developers profit motives to build homes near the speedway so to avoid the current impact problems. This would be a smart solution.
Suz D April 14, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Excellent comments, Kristie. I agree with you!
Suz D April 14, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Excellent comments, Kristie. I agree with you!
timmothy williams April 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM
you people are crazy to even think about moving the track its a historical part of roseville and another thing is alot of us racers use that track as a vacation each weekend some of you like to go to reno or vegas we like to go to allamericanspeedway its not about getting out there and driving fast as much as it is meeting up with friends and family every saturday this track has been here for years my dads uncle raced at that track my father raced at that track my brother raced there and now i race there its a family thing and a school there would bring nothing but more riots over school bills being to high it would be another uc davis thing all over again plus do u really want to put a school rite next door to the roseville jail think about it pricks plus what gives us racers a the forsure factor that roseville will even build us another track
jp April 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM
How much of a hardship would it be to have a new speedway just 6.5 miles north, in Lincoln, adjacent to, and in affiliation with, Thunder Valley Casino if such a deal came about?
John Herby Hancock April 16, 2012 at 02:08 PM
The racetrack should stay where it is. Let the university move to Thunder Valley.
jp April 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Keeping the Speedway where it is and have a university campus away from population centers is a ludicrous idea. Which makes more sense? A 1/3mile paved speedway sanctioned for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing 0.6 miles from Old Town and 1 mile from the downtown city center and City Hall, or a college campus in a city center with a population of 115,000? Clearly, a college campus!. Look, the the dirt track/rodeo stadium built in 1955 where the Speedway stands now was on the edge of a town with a population of about 10,000 at that time. It was paved in 1972. Renovations and enlargement of the track completed in 2007, by the Fair Association making changes without getting required county permits, made it possible for the track to earn NASCAR sanctioning for additional racing series. Bill McAnally of Bill McAnally Racing in Antelope, CA (Sacramento County) who was instrumental in the renovations, was quoted as saying in a 2009 issue of Stock Car Racing that the future of the Speedway includes "VIP suites, a different variety of food, and nicer restrooms. It's all about making it better for the fans." Imagine how much better for the fans it can be by closing down the current speedway, and having a new operator like a financially-sound, Four-Diamond award-winning casino and resort build a new speedway? Awesome! Let's make it so!
John Herby Hancock April 17, 2012 at 03:23 PM
JP why don't you move to Thunder Valley!
jp April 17, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Mr. Hancock: Thank you for sharing your thoughtful insight.
John Herby Hancock April 18, 2012 at 05:06 PM
JP I can actually see your eyes rolling. I DO NOT want to see a part of Roseville history destroyed. I grew up in Roseville and would sneak into the races in my brother in-laws tow truck so I could watch from the pits. I experienced many "manhood" firsts at the Fairgrounds as a teenager. I want the Racetrack and Fairgrounds to remain right where they are so others can create their own history and I have no problem with remodeling and enhancing the existing grounds to create a better environment. These two places deserve to stay where they are and carry out the great traditions so many families of Roseville and surrounding areas have come to love! Go Roseville Tigers Class Of 88!
jp April 18, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Mr. Hancock: I can appreciate the sentimental value and rewarding experiences you have come away with from enjoying the Racetrack and Fairgrounds.
jon May 02, 2012 at 05:14 AM
i grew up in this small town of only 400 in 1932 fuck the feds
jon May 02, 2012 at 05:16 AM
foregrounds are the bees knees i had my first sexytime there
jon May 02, 2012 at 05:16 AM
hoodrats or die \

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