The Incredible Numbers Behind the Explosive Miami GP Weekend: “Paying a Lot of Money to Get These Tickets…”

Published 05/04/2022, 8:19 AM EDT

The F1 2022 schedule is moving to the Magic City in Florida for the fifth race of the season. Further, it is the inaugural season for the Miami GP, and the authorities have developed a temporary street circuit for the weekend. They are also working on the best hospitality for the vast amount of fans attending the event.

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The Miami GP will take place at the Hard Rock Stadium. Further, this F1 race will be the third major sporting event after the Miami Dolphins matches and the Miami Open. The Miami GP authority wants the upcoming race to be unforgettable for the fans.

Mar 30, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; An overall view of a portion of the circuit for the upcoming Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix running through the middle of the grounds at the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Sodexo Live! is one of the hosts for the Miami race. They don’t want fans to be disappointed and want them to keep attending the future F1 races in Miami. Steve Pangburn, the CEO of Sodexo Live! North America says, “People are paying a lot of money to get these tickets and be there. They are looking for an amazing high-quality experience.”

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About the track of Miami GP

The Miami International Autodrome is a temporary circuit built around the Hard Rock Stadium. The temporary 3.36-mile circuit is made using the private facilities around the stadium. Further, reports suggest the track’s construction required 48 million pounds of asphalt and 2.3 million pounds of concrete.

This Miami circuit will feature 19 corners and three long straights. Further, the longest straight is around 4,212 feet, so the F1 cars with issues at straights need to look out for these three straights. The track’s width measures from 50 feet to 32.7 feet, and the officials suggest that turns 14, 15, and 16 can be the trickiest ones for the drivers.

The officials suggest that they have built the circuit taking inspiration from other F1 tracks, and tried to build its own identity. However, the track doesn’t run past any natural marina despite Miami being the boating capital of the world. So, a fake marina is built in the circuit.

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Further, they built ten bridges, ten grandstands, 40 single-level and 13 multi-level hospitality structures, and 173 tents for the upcoming race weekend. However, most of the structure wouldn’t be there after the Miami race weekend. The officials claimed only the first story of the Pit and Paddock Building is permanent.

What would be the food available?

A sporting event as big as the Miami GP would require the best food for the fans and give them the taste of Miami. Reports suggest 85,000 people will attend the Miami GP every day, equivalent to hosting three super bowls in a row.

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So, the authorities planned to have not only the food and beverage partners of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium but also 34 local restaurants and Michelin-starred restaurants. Further, there would be 75 kitchens and 850 points of sale on the site for the race weekend.

The Miami GP authorities don’t want to serve any food to the fans but the original Miami flavors. They will sell food like rock shrimp ceviche, filet mignon bites, crab avocado toast, mini Cuban egg sandwiches, and a wagyu hot dog.

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Undoubtedly, the Miami GP has built a massive hype for the fans and the F2 teams. Let’s see if the upcoming race in the Magic City stands up to those expectations. What are your thoughts on the Miami GP?

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Ripan Majumdar

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Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

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