Hard Rock Stadium to become ‘F1 team village’ for Miami Grand Prix

Thomas Maher
F1 Team Village render ahead of 2023 Miami Grand Prix.

Image: Formula 1® Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix

The Miami Grand Prix have learned some lessons from the inaugural event, with a track resurfacing and some paddock logistics changes on the way.

Following on from last year’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix, the organisers have confirmed additional investment is being made into the track and facilities at the Miami International Autodrome ahead of the 2023 event in May.

Upgrades are on the way that will see a brand-new Paddock Club building and the inclusion of the famous Hard Rock Stadium in the event’s logistics.

Home of the Miami Dolphins, the pitch surface of the Hard Rock Stadium will be converted into an ‘F1 Team Village’, where all 10 teams will set up their hospitality units and serve as their home away from home for the weekend. General admission Campus Pass ticket holders will be able to access the top levels of the Hard Rock Stadium, in order to get a bird’s eye view of the Team Village.

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Circuit set for re-surfacing after bumpy first race

While the circuit layout was met with an, at best, lukewarm response from drivers and fans in 2022, no changes are planned to the track for 2023.

However, veteran circuit designers Tilke GMBH have been brought onboard to oversee a complete tarmac repaving of the 3.3 mile circuit. The unique limestone-based track surface was a point of contention last season, due to its bumpiness and lack of grip offline.

As a result, a more standard tarmac surface should see improved grip levels in a bid to improve overtaking chances.

“After an incredible debut race, we have been working flat-out to ensure the 2023 event is an even greater experience for everyone visiting the Miami International Autodrome,” said Tyler Epp, president of the Miami Grand Prix.

“Stephen Ross and Tom Garfinkel are committed to making May’s event a best-in-class experience that is unlike any other Formula 1 race in the world. With new and enhanced hospitality experiences, the creation of the F1 Team Village directly on the football field and increased capacity we are expecting our second race to be even bigger and better for the fans, the teams, drivers, partners and everyone in South Florida.”