Miami GP officials hoping to blow people away with venue

Finley Crebolder
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Grand Prix

Ahead of the first Miami GP in 2022, officials say that they want people who attend it to be “blown away” by the venue.

Formula 1 has officially announced a 10-year deal to start hosting a second race in the US from 2022 and beyond, with Miami being the chosen location.

The race will be held at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock stadium, where a brand-new 5.41km, 19 corner track will be built.

Managing Partner Tom Garfinkel is hoping that it will not only provide good racing, but be part of a venue that provides quite the spectacle.

“We want to create an environment where people are blown away when they get there,” he said as per

“I think, starting with sort of a blank sheet of paper, [we have been able] to design a circuit with the designers – and Formula 1 and the FIA – that has a lot of passing opportunities.

“There’s going to be vistas, really, from the stadium, which sits at the centre of the circuit, [where] you can walk around the top deck of the stadium and see every turn on the race track, I think that’s a pretty unique opportunity.

“I think the infrastructure we have in place, the club spaces, the things we can take advantage of in and around the campus, it’s going to be beautiful.”

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There have been rumours of an F1 race in Miami being added to the calendar for years, with talk of a street race taking place in the city centre.

Ultimately, the Hard Rock Stadium was favoured, and Garfinkel thinks that it was the better choice in various ways.

“For me, I think that in some ways it’s going to be a lot better in certain respects,” he added.

“When we originally looked at the city design, you have a lot of constraints around a race track. When we looked at the Hard Rock site we had basically a blank sheet of paper to work with.

“And secondly, [we will] be able to put on great experiences that are uniquely reflective of the diversity of Miami and everything we do.

“And again, having existing infrastructure there, having things in place, we think we’re in a better position to be able to do that.”

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