Calder Park Raceway

Calder Park Raceway is a motorsport facility situated on a 440 hectare site outside of Melbourne, most well known for the Thunderdome - a 1.8km Super Speedway. The Calder Park Thunderdome was the first tri-banked oval super speedway built outside of North America, although it is no longer used for major events. Other facilities include the National Circuit, the Club Circuit, the Grand Prix Circuit and Drag Strip.

Calder Park Raceway previously hosted NASCAR, AUSCAR, Drag Racing, Touring Cars and many other forms of motor racing. Other than motor sport, Calder Park also hosted some concerts including Guns 'n Roses in 1993 which was attended by 66,000 people.

The Calder Park Thunderdome is one of only two banked Superspeedways outside the USA, and the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Construction of the $54 million Thunderdome began in November 1984 and it was officially opened by the Mayor of Keilor on August 3rd 1987. Based primarily on the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina USA, the 24 degree banked tri-oval involved the moving of some 14 million meters of earth during its construction.

The 1.8km circuit has a capacity of 44,000 including seating for 24,000 spectators. However, with the venue not having hosted any major events for a number of years, it is now overcome with weeds and is in a state of disrepair.

Calder Park Raceway Details

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Location
Address
Calder Fwy Keilor 3036. Tel: (03) 9217 8800  
Capacity
44,000  
Seats
24,000 (55% of capacity)
Record Crowd
46,000: NASCAR
Highest Crowd since 2003
 
Lights
Yes  
Arena Roof
No  
Video Screen
No  
Opened
1987
Former/Other Names
Goodyear Thunderdome
Ticket Agent
 
Sports Played
Motor Sport  
Home Teams
 
Last Event
 
Next Event
 
Official Website
Directions
Calder Park Raceway is located on the Calder Fwy.
Transport
Shuttle Bus runs from St Albans Station to Calder Park and return.
Parking
Ample parking is available at the venue.
Accommodation
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