NASCAR Hall of Fame building sustains minor damage in Charlotte protest

Amid the violent protests that went on in the Queen City last night, the NASCAR Hall of Fame sustained some damage.

According to the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, who operate the complex, the only damage done to the facility was a broken exterior window after a street sign was found hanging like a spear out of it. The hall itself was not breached and nothing was stolen despite earlier reports of looting. However, there were reports of confrontations involving half a dozen vandals inside the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant that’s connected to the hall, according to The Charlotte Observer.

The windows in the lobby of the adjacent NASCAR Tower were also damaged.

The CRVA released a statement breaking down the damage sustained to the hall and the surrounding buildings.

“The events that have transpired over the last 48 hours have been incredibly difficult for our community. We continue to keep open lines of communication with the City, CMPD and our partners to monitor the latest developments,” the statement said.

“The damage at our CRVA venues consists of broken exterior windows at the Charlotte Convention Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame and a breach that took place at one of our tenant spaces at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Buffalo Wild Wings.”

Despite the damage and ongoing protests, the hall is open today.

“We do have events scheduled to take place in the Charlotte Convention Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame today and in the coming days,” it added.

“The safety of these meeting attendees who have traveled significant distances to convene in Charlotte is especially important to us and we’re working to take appropriate security precautions in collaboration with our partners at CMPD.”

Protesters broke into and looted the Charlotte Hornets official team store at the Time Warner Cable Arena last night. Photo: @wsoctv
Vandals broke into and looted the Charlotte Hornets official team store at the Time Warner Cable Arena last night. Photo: @wsoctv

The NASCAR Hall of Fame wasn’t the only sports facility that was damaged in last night’s protests. The official team shop for the Charlotte Hornets at the Time Warner Cable Arena was broken into and looted.

The protests were sparked in response to the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, by police in the parking lot of an apartment complex near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The officer who shot him, Bentley Vinson, 26, is also black.

Charlotte police haven’t released video of the shooting but say that Scott had a gun and refused orders to stand down.

The protests started out peaceful in uptown Charlotte, but slowly turned violent yesterday and injuries to bystanders, protesters and police, and property damage were sustained.

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Tucker White
Tucker White
I've followed NASCAR for well over 20 years of my life, both as a fan and now as a member of the media. As of 2024, I'm on my ninth season as a traveling NASCAR beat writer. For all its flaws and dumb moments, NASCAR at its best produces some of the best action you'll ever see in the sport of auto racing. Case in point: Kyle Larson's threading the needle pass at Darlington Raceway on May 9, 2021. On used-up tires, racing on a worn surface and an aero package that put his car on the razor's edge of control, Larson demonstrated why he's a generational talent. Those are the stories I want to capture and break down. In addition to NASCAR, I also follow IndyCar and Formula 1. As a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I'm a diehard Tennessee Volunteers fan (especially in regards to Tennessee football). If covering NASCAR doesn't kill me, down the road, watching Tennessee football will. I'm also a diehard fan of the Atlanta Braves, and I lived long enough to see them win a World Series for the first time since 1995 (when I was just a year old). I've also sworn my fan allegiance to the Nashville Predators, though that's not paid out as much as the Braves. Furthermore, as a massive sports dork, I follow the NFL on a weekly basis. Though it's more out of an obligation than genuine passion (for sports dorks, following the NFL is basically an unwritten rule). Outside of sports, I'm a major cinema buff and a weeb. My favorite film is "Blazing Saddles" and my favorite anime is "Black Lagoon."


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