Plant Field was a 1/2 mile dirt oval located on the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida. The track mostly ran I.M.C.A. Sprint cars during the State Fair.
The track opened on February 3rd, 1921, and operated until February 14th, 1942. It reopened after WWII on February 5th, 1946 and operated until 1980, when the fairground was moved east of town. The land was turned over to the University of Tampa and converted to athletic fields. The original grandstands were used by the University until they were torn down and replaced in 2002.
The track was also known as the South Florida Fairgrounds, Tampa Speedway, and the Florida Fair and Gasparilla Exposition.
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Flordia State Fairgrounds
Tampa, FL 33606
The TerraServer topo map shows the original track. The TerraServer image shows the original grandstands on the east side, but the track has long since been removed to make way for athletic fields for the University of Tampa.
It is possible to imagine that there is some trace of the east side of the old track showing in the Google Map image, but there is no certainty of this.
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