25 April 2019

Miami off - but maybe on elsewhere

There are reports coming out of Miami that plans to hold a Formula 1 race on the streets have been abandoned because of the difficulty in getting everyone to agree to the project.

The Miami Herald is reporting that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and the Formula One group have mutually decided to scrap plans to bring an F1 race to downtown Miami. The newspaper also reports that there is now a new idea to host the race in the area around the Hard Rock Stadium, which would reduce the disruption and costs involved. The property would become the only international venue with football, concerts, soccer, tennis and motorsport.

“A lot would have to happen for us to be able to do it, but we have over 250 acres of land so adding an F1 race to where Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Open sit means we can create a world-class racing circuit that is unencumbered by existing infrastructure,” said Tom Garfinkel, the president and chief executive officer of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium.

“It also means better ingress and egress, better amenities, unprecedented sight-lines, and opportunities for the best hospitality anywhere in racing. We can still do parties and events all week downtown. We only want to do it if we can create world-class racing, a great fan experience, and a lot of value for Miami.”

Building a race track in a parkland environment, using the Albert Park model is a much more sensible solution, even if racing on the glittery Biscayne Boulevard will not happen.

The Hard Rock Stadium is located in Miami Gardens, north of the downtown area. Between 199th Street and 203rd Street and the Snake Creek Canal. It is the home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team, the Florida Marlins baseball team, the Miami Open tennis and the annual college football Orange Bowl game. It has hosted five Super Bowls, two World Series. It is located next door to the Florida Turnpike, with direct access from this major road.

It will take some time to come up with suitable plans and talks continue elsewhere in the United States, notbaly in Las Vegas.

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