Great Lakes Sports Commission Awards Sault CVB $150,000 For I-500 Grant

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The Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau received a $150,000 grant from the Great Lakes Sports Commission to support the renovation of the I-500 Snowmobile Track. The grant was presented at a ceremony held on April 28 at Kewadin Casino’s Woodlands Room.

The presentation was attended by members of the Great Lakes Sports Commission, Senator John Damoose, and other local stakeholders. The purpose of the presentation was to showcase the planned renovations to the I-500 Snowmobile Track and to celebrate the grant award… Continue reading here

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September 2022 – a dream was born. The Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau in conjunction with the City of Sault Ste. Marie was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the United States Economic Development Administration to breathe new life into the famed Soo International-500 Racetrack. Renovations will begin in the near future to enhance the famed racetrack.

Over the years, thousands of visited the Sault Ste. Marie to attend the I-500. The race itself is a cultural event for the entire Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan. However, we have felt there was always more potential with the track. More potential to attract race spectators. More potential to attract more events and attractions. It’s our goal to make these storied grounds useable year-round.

In the coming years, renovations will be performed on the track and facilities to help facilitate year-round tourism to the area. Visitors can expect to find new roads, revamped parking lots, a new vendor facility, and more work performed meant to make the track useable throughout the year. Please be sure to visit our website for more information about the I-500 grant and to see how you can be a part of the future of snowmobile racing in Sault Ste. Marie.