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50th Pate Swap Meet
We're Moving To The East Side of TMS
The Pate Swap Meet is moving 900-yards due east inside our traditional venue at Texas Motor Speedway.
Everything else remains the same; same date, same times and same space numbers. The reason for the move and the full story behind the move will be discussed below. However, this is a "fast-breaking" story and to speed up getting the word out as fast as possible, we are sending this announcement and information now and will be providing more information and content in the coming week.
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There is an old saying that reads, "May you live in interesting times!" that is used as a mild curse. The actual Chinese saying roughly translates into something like "Better to be a dog in tranquil times than a human in interesting times". No one can deny that the last year has been indeed VERY interesting times in the life of the Pate Swap Meet. Unfortunately, interesting times are continuing.
Very late in the afternoon of Friday, March 5th, our colleagues at Texas Motor Speedway called to inform us that the Pate Swap Meet cannot interfere with the operations of the Denton County Vaccine Hub currently operating in the TMS VIP parking lot, right in the middle of Pate Swap Meet's Zone 2, 1a and 1. Also, the Petty Place boulevard is the main entrance to the Vaccine Hub and its traffic flow cannot be disturbed.
Since the Vaccine Hub has become highly successful, it has become a national news story. The Vaccine Hub is the largest operation of its type in the world. Literally. Plus, it is being expanded with more lanes and increased operational hours as the vaccines become more plentiful and more groups of people are added to the qualification list (the 1C group was added this week and shortly, it will be opened to everyone). The operation has become so important because it is able to vaccinate such a large number of people per day. The hub is responsible for a notable percentage of all the people vaccinated in Texas each week. It has been deemed "critical" to stopping the COVID-19 pandemic in North Texas.
Actually, it is hard to argue with the Vaccine Hub's importance or its mission.
In the spirit of civic duty and improving public health, as well as to contribute to ending a pandemic and our national emergency, the Pate Swap Meet is moving the Pate Swap Meet about nine-hundred yards east of Texas Motor Speedway so that the Vaccine Hub can continue -- and expand -- without interruption.
The plan all along has been to pause the operations of the Vaccine Hub for the Pate Swap Meet and then resume after the swap-meet is over. We have gone further and developed a plan wherein the operations of the Vaccine Hub come back online faster. In the plan, we would leave the twelve large structural tents in place to remain in place, saving time of taking down the tents and resetting them after the swap-meet was over. This plan was presented to a large meeting on March 5th among all of the stakeholders involved with Vaccine Hub: City, County, State of Texas and Federal officials.
Simply put, the plan was rejected and it was decided that the Pate Swap Meet could NOT interfere with the operations of the Vaccine Hub or its traffic in any way.
Texas Motor Speedway notified us late on Friday, Match 5th and we convened an emergency meeting the next morning at the Speedway. TMS offered two alternatives to us: (1) postpone the Pate Swap Meet yet again, or (2) temporarily move the swap-meet from the west side to the east side.
We rejected out of hand the postponement option and we immediately began planning the required move to determine if was possible in the short time that was left.
We left the meeting and did a walk-through of the proposed area. By Saturday evening, we had completed the fieldwork and made a Google Earth Project with all of the areas generally marked. Then, starting Sunday, our technical development team started making detailed drawings in the PateWorld GIS system to place every Vendor Space in the new area.
As the work started, we established general guidelines and to keep the spaces and their relationships to their adjoining spaces intact (corner spaces would remain corner spaces and back-to-back spaces would remain back-to-back). As much as possible, we tried to move entire zones as a unit. It was not an easy objective to execute. As you will see on the map, although plenty of space is available, the east-side area consists of a patchwork quilt area rather than one contiguous space. Also, our traditional space on the west side of the Speedway is an arc and the east-side spaces are straight rectangles. All of these things contributed to the complexity of the relocation project.
Now the good news, we accomplished our objective to a large degree. In exactly a week, we have moved the swap-meet and refreshed all of its supporting systems. We made the switch to the east side of TMS to be as least disruptive as possible. There are some unavoidable differences necessitated by the geometry of the new areas. Also, just less than half of the spaces are on asphalt and the remainder is on a gravel-and-grass parking lot. However, the new layout is very good.
And, for further good news, concurrent with this work, the overall area is larger so we were able to add more than 1,000 new expansion Vendor Spaces. We had to close online sales last weekend because we had sold all but ~400 spaces. With the move, we have been able to add these additional expansion spaces and pre-stage even more if needed.
We Know You Will Have More Questions
We're sure you have plenty of questions that are not addressed here, yet. Please stay tuned. New information will be added throughout the day tomorrow including a new video explaining the action. We have developed a set of "Talking Points" for various people involved with the Pate Swap Meet to provide guidance about how to talk about the relocation to the east-side of the track.
Click here to download the PDF file.
The Updated Space Selector Is Online
The new Space Selector map is available to you and operational in all respects.
Browse the New Space Selector
The Space Selector includes the new 1,000 newly-available expansion spaces that can be selected and purchased immediately.
Check the Location of Your Spaces In the New Area
We have upgraded the "My Spaces" report to include a map that will put green pushpins on the PateWorld map to show the exact location of your spaces. There is nothing to set up or configure. Only logging in is required. The map will default to showing the total map but you can zoom in and pan around as desired.
Check the Location of Your Spaces
More Information Will Be Posted Tomorrow
We are rushing out both the news and the technical updates so we are getting the information out as soon as possible. We will be posting additional information soon. This will include an announcement video on Sunday evening.