Tickets for the Las Vegas Grand Prix are sold out despite $2,000 seats




CNN

Formula One will finally return to Sin City next November for its first race since the 1980s, but those looking to witness the much-anticipated event would do well to make a serious change.

Even a standing-room-only ticket to the nighttime show, past the Las Vegas Strip’s famous landmarks, hotels and casinos, won’t come cheap, with three-day access starting at a whopping $500.

For those who want a chance to sit down, seats in one of the stands will go for $2,000-$2,500 for three days.

Despite the cost, those tickets have already sold out, but more packages will be released in the coming months, according to F1.

Meanwhile, four days of VIP hospitality is advertised at $10,000, and potential fans are encouraged to inquire about availability.

Hotels have already started announcing reservations for race week, with VIP room and ticket packages at Caesars Palace being advertised at an average of $8,000 to $11,590 a night.

Next year’s Vegas Grand Prix is ​​the third on the US schedule alongside Miami and Austin, signaling F1’s continued expansion in the US.

The popularity of the Netflix series “Drive to Survive” has been credited – including the drivers – with the sport’s growing audience in the United States.

“Most of us experience the impact it has had on sport. There’s definitely been a lot of growth and honestly I see that most in America,” said McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo in October 2021, while his teammate Lando Norris said: “I think it’s a cool thing. Coming to America, a lot of people are now into Formula One because of watching ‘Drive to Survive’.”

Although Vegas hosted the Caesars Palace Grand Prix in 1981 and 1982, this will be the first time a race has been staged on the iconic Strip.

This time, the 3.8 kilometer course will cover 14 laps and drivers are expected to reach a top speed of 212 kilometers per hour (342 kilometers per hour) during the 50-lap race.