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Las Vegas News: November 2023 F1 Grand Prix Ultimate Race Week

Las Vegas News: November 2023 F1 Grand Prix Ultimate Race Week

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Pedal to the metal! Vroom Vroom! 

It’s November in Las Vegas, and while the rest of the country is talking Thanksgiving recipes, Black Friday sales, and PSL everything. The turkey just might be unattended in the LV because everything in Vegas right now is ready to ride on the race track!

The F1 race track formally known as the Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip is currently a race track!

The F1 race track formally known as the Las Vegas Strip

For locals, F1 has been a long and chaotic road full of year-long construction, road closures, traffic, detours, and delays. Many Vegas residents would like nothing more than for F1 to be boxed up and put away far back in the attic with last decade’s Christmas decorations.

Many Vegas residents would like nothing more than for F1 to be boxed up and put away
Image cred: @VegasIssues on Instagram

Meanwhile, F1 fans and tourists are in town anticipating the ultimate Race Week and an epic pioneer event happening on none other than the fabulous Las Vegas Strip!

When was its first Las Vegas Grand Prix?

Las Vegas is hosting four official days of Formula One

  • November 15th – Opening ceremonies.
  • November 16th – Late-night practice races.
  • November 17th – Late-night practice races.
  • November 18th – 10 pm PST, the Las Vegas Grand Prix will zip down Koval Lane, around Sphere, onto Sands Avenue, then race down the Las Vegas Boulevard straightway at over 200 miles per hour before returning to The Pit on Harmon Avenue.

So even though it’s officially turkey time, the talk of the town in Southern Nevada is the Las Vegas Grand Prix Formula One. F1 Las Vegas 2023.

Las Vegas Grand Prix Formula One. F1 Las Vegas 2023

F1 has taken over Las Vegas  

Which race location is new to the 2023 F1 season?   

Vegas baby!

F1 is taking over The City that Never Sleeps. Construction has literally consumed the Vegas Strip, Las Vegas Boulevard (The Boulevard), and surrounding routes, claiming iconic landmarks like the Bellagio Fountains and decorative trees, The Mirage Volcano, and most of the Gondola Rides canal waters at The Venetian have been emptied and drained. Leaving locals constantly asking the city, “Can you tell me more about your setup?”

F1 has taken over Las Vegas

Piece by piece, as The Strip has been covered up and taken away to be replaced by F1 seating and set up. Las Vegas locals have described The Boulevard as looking like a naked mole-rat! Until massive grandstands with bright lights began to replace The Boulevard’s hidden landmarks and drained waterways. 

TA-DAH! The Las Vegas Strip is currently a race track!

TA-DAH! The Las Vegas Strip is currently a race track! And a lot of work has been done to make this event possible. Our city was transformed to welcome this big race. From temporary bridges and structures to a newly constructed Pit Building. Even the repaving of our roads!

After months of construction, The Strip is finally all dressed up and ready to race. She’s looking good today with brighter lights, more visitors and fanfare, and even bigger stages!

Where is the Las Vegas F1 track?

Where is the Las Vegas F1 track?

The Pit Building is the brand new permanent structure for the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix track. It’s hard to believe this new structure went up just this year! The Pit Building is the heartbeat of the race. The cars come here, and the race starts and finishes here. It hosts the team offices and houses the garages where the race cars are stored. The Pit is also the location of the opening ceremony party (read on for more about that!), with expansive rooftop views from the top fourth floor.

Las Vegas Grand Prix Wedding Chapel

Pit Building fun fact: There’s a temporary F1 wedding chapel on site. In true Las Vegas fashion, fans and F1 drivers (a driver getting married at the chapel, pictured above) can race to the altar and get married at the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Because if it’s part of Vegas, it’s part of F1!

What is F1 Las Vegas?

What is F1 Las Vegas?

Formula One (F1) is the highest international racing class for open-wheel. The pinnacle of single-seater racing, the F1 structure involves 10 teams with two drivers per team. The 10 teams compete against each other and will race through the Las Vegas Strip at up to 200 miles an hour!

The Las Vegas Grand Prix is a planned Formula One Grand Prix that’ll form part of the 2023 Formula One World Championship. The event will occur in Las Vegas, Nevada, against the backdrop of the stunning neon light-lit iconic Strip. This Vegas sporting event is planned to happen once a year over the next decade.

F1 Las Vegas Strip Circuit - VegasRightNow.com

Is the Las Vegas F1 track a street circuit?

People have also asked, “Is the F1 race in Vegas on The Strip?”

The Strip and surrounding streets will form the race’s loop and temporary track. Zipping down Koval Lane, around Sphere, onto Sands Avenue, then racing down the Las Vegas Boulevard straightway at over 200 miles per hour before returning to The Pit Building on Harmon Avenue. These roads will be blocked off while the track is “hot” (race lingo for when the track is in use).

Las Vegas Grand Prix F1 Route - VegasRightNow.com

The Las Vegas Grand Prix track is officially known as the Las Vegas Strip Circuit. F1 drivers will race the street circuit, the Las Vegas Strip Circuit, into the late night so that Vegas’ bright lights can be enjoyed by spectators. There’s no place in the world other than Las Vegas where you can get this combination of city lights, glamour, racing, and speed!

When was its first Las Vegas Grand Prix?

Over 4 decades ago. So it’s the first time Formula 1 has raced in Las Vegas since 1982, this time taking to an all-new track, The Las Vegas Strip!

Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix

F1 Las Vegas 2023

Inaugural date: Thursday, November 16-Saturday, November 18, 2023

First held: 2023

Laps: 50

Las Vegas Grand Prix:  3.853 miles (6.201 km)

Track: Las Vegas Street Circuit

Drivers: Which drivers are participating in this race? Check out the Las Vegas Review-Journal to meet the competing 2023 F1 LV race car drivers and get their up-to-date rankings and stats.

Livestream: What channel is the Las Vegas GP on? Check out F1 TV Pro for all the live-stream deets!

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Where is the race to be held in Vegas?   

 F1 Las Vegas will occur for the first time November 16-18, 2023, on and around the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding streets, drawing massive international crowds.

Las Vegas F1 circuit route

Below is the 2023 Las Vegas GP track layout, officially called the Las Vegas Strip Circuit, 3.8 miles long.

Is the Las Vegas F1 track a street circuit?
Photo rendering cred: F1LasVegasGP.com

Is Las Vegas F1 free?

There’ll be no sneak peeks! The Strip’s pedestrian bridges over Las Vegas Boulevard are now caged off for safety, and window tint blocks “free” views of the race. 

Can you tell me more about your setup?

With somewhere close to 100,000 fans watching the event in Las Vegas, if you want to be part of the action, here’s a list below of where you can buy tickets.

F1 Las Vegas 2023

How much are tickets to Las Vegas F1?  

And what types of tickets are available?   

Get in pole position because tickets to the first F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix on The Strip are sold as general admission or VIP packages and by curated race grandstand zones. And because it’s Vegas, baby, most of the viewing zones are packed full of live entertainment, chef-catered food, and feature attraction bonuses in addition to the F1 race itself!

Zone at Sphere

Click on any of the zones below to learn more and purchase.

Zone at Sphere

  • T-Mobile Zone at Sphere Grandstands – 3-Day & Single-Day Tickets All Ages, Complimentary food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, water and soft drinks, Ticket permits access to T-Mobile Zone at Sphere only
  • General Admission Standing Room Only – 3-Day Ticket All Ages, Complimentary food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, water and soft drinks, Ticket permits access to T-Mobile Zone at Sphere only
Heineken Silver Main Grandstand

East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels

  • Opening Ceremony (Single-Day) Skybox/Other Hospitality – Single-Day Ticket, Ticket permits access to Opening Ceremony on Wednesday only
  • Skybox (Shared Hospitality) – 4-Day Ticket All Ages, All-Inclusive premium food and beverages, Ticket permits access to East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas only
  • PG1 – Heineken Silver Main Grandstand – 4-Day Ticket All Ages, Complimentary food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, water and soft drinks, Ticket permits access to East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas only
  • PG2 – Grandstand – 3-Day & Single-Day Tickets, All Ages, Complimentary food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, water and soft drinks, Ticket permits access to East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas only
  • PG3 – Oracle Red Bull Racing Fan Grandstand – 3-Day Ticket All Ages, Complimentary food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, water and soft drinks, Ticket permits access to East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas only
  • PG4 – Oracle Red Bull Racing Fan Grandstand – 3-Day Ticket All Ages, Complimentary food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, water and soft drinks, Ticket permits access to East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas only
Red Bull Energy Station

South Koval Zone by Caesars Rewards

  • Heineken House (Shared Hospitality) – 3-Day & Single-Day Tickets All Ages, All-Inclusive premium food and beverages, Ticket permits access to Heineken House only
  • Red Bull Energy Station – What is included inside the Red Bull Energy Station? 3-Day Ticket All Ages, All-Inclusive premium food and beverages, Ticket permits access to Red Bull Energy Station only
  • Mercedes Vegas Club – 3-Day Ticket All Ages, All-Inclusive premium food and beverages, Ticket permits access to Mercedes Vegas Club only
  • Heritage (Shared Hospitality) – 3-Day & Single-Day Tickets All Ages, Complimentary food by DO&CO, water and soft drinks, Ticket permits access to North Koval Zone only
North Koval Zone by American Express

North Koval Zone by American Express

  • Legacy (Shared Hospitality) – 3-Day Ticket All Ages, All-Inclusive premium food and beverages, Ticket permits access to North Koval Zone only

Club SI Zone

  • Sports Illustrated’s Club SI – 3-Day & Single-Day Tickets All Ages, All-Inclusive premium food and beverages, Ticket permits access to Sports Illustrated’s Club SI only

Club Paris Zone

  • Club Paris – 3-Day & Single-Day Tickets All Ages, All-Inclusive premium food and beverages, Ticket permits access to Club Paris only

Hilton Grand Vacations Zone

  • HGV Clubhouse – 3-Day Ticket All Ages, All-Inclusive premium food and beverages, Ticket permits access to Hilton Grand Vacations Zone only
The Mirage Grandstands

The Mirage Zone

  • The Mirage Grandstands – 3-Day Ticket All Ages, Complimentary food, water and soft drinks, Ticket permits access to The Mirage Zone only
  • The Mirage VIP Grandstands – 3-Day Ticket All Ages, All-Inclusive premium food and beverages, Ticket permits access to The Mirage Zone only

West Harmon Zone By Chrome

  • West Harmon Zone Grandstands – 3-Day Ticket All Ages, Complimentary food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, water and soft drinks, Ticket permits access to West Harmon Zone by Google Chrome only

MGM Zone By MGM Rewards

  • Bellagio Fountain Club – 3-Day Ticket All Ages, All-Inclusive gourmet food and top-shelf beverages, Ticket permits access to MGM Zone only
Wynn Grid Club

Pit Building Zone

CATCH Garage – 5-Day Ticket All Ages, All-Inclusive gourmet food and top-shelf beverages, Ticket permits access to Pit Building Zone only

Wynn Grid Club – 5-Day Ticket All Ages, All-Inclusive gourmet food and top-shelf beverages, Ticket permits access to Pit Building Zone only

Paddock Club – 5-Day Ticket All Ages, All-Inclusive gourmet food and top-shelf beverages, Ticket permits access to Pit Building Zone only

Sphere lights up for F1

Sphere lights up for F1

Only in Vegas. And, yes, I’m talking about the world’s largest entertainment dome, Sphere, where live content from F1 will be broadcasted on the Exosphere, Sphere’s out-of-this-world super-size exterior screen!

Fans can look forward to seeing driver introductions along with their race cars, grandstand fan views, and more exclusive content to be revealed during the race. It’s the first time real-time live content will be broadcast on Sphere.

T-Mobile Zone at Sphere Las Vegas Grand Prix Formula One

Fun fact: Formula 1 and Sphere have agreed to ban primary colors red, yellow, and blue from the Exosphere during the Las Vegas Grand Prix. The reason? To avoid distracting the drivers by not displaying anything that might be misinterpreted in the colors red, yellow, and blue when drivers look for light panels on the side of the track.

F1 parties Las Vegas 2023

F1 parties Las Vegas 2023

Tourists will find the Las Vegas Strip remade for its turn hosting Formula One amid the roar of race cars on the Las Vegas Strip. But the party’s just revving up at the racetrack! 

The hype and excitement are hitting another gear, so this must be the place to be because it’s time to do what Las Vegas does best and throw the biggest party!

Las Vegas Grand Prix Opening Ceremony – The 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix will commence with a star-studded Opening Ceremony Pit Party on Nov. 15th, the day before the F1 race. Expect performances by A-list artists John Legend, Tiësto, Andra Day, Bishop Briggs, J Balvin, Journey, Keith Urban, Steve Aoki, Swedish House Mafia, will.i.am, and Vegas’ own Blue Man Group is taking the stage. All 20 F1 drivers will be there as well!

Traveling to Las Vegas this weekend?

Check out the list below for party destinations you need to know about hosting celebrations during Las Vegas Race Week. 

Is it a good time to visit Las Vegas right now?

Is it a good time to visit Las Vegas right now?

Traveling to Las Vegas this weekend?

Fantastic, because it’s always a good time to Vegas! November weather is some of the best the city offers. The subtropical fall temps are perfect for sweatshirts and shorts.

March through August are some of the busiest months for folks traveling to Las Vegas, where November would ordinarily not be so busy. But F1 has speedy plans to change that!

The Las Vegas Grand Prix Race Week is happening the week of November 13th, and the race will take place November 16-18, drawing a global spectacle with huge international crowds.

Vegas Race Week pro travel tips

To help your flights during this time get the checkered flag, check out the below Vegas Race Week pro travel tips:

  1. Prep for the race – The day before your flight, download your mobile boarding pass. Make any needed flight changes, like adding bags or selecting a seat. Have TSA Pre-Check? Double-check to make sure it’s showing on your boarding pass.
  2. Plan for a congested race track – TSA wait times will be longer than usual. You can download the MyTSA App for the most updated information and estimated wait times.
  3. Airport pit stop – Parking will be in high demand. Consider all ground transportation options for getting to and from the airport.
  4. Pedal to the metal – Most airline ticket counters will open at the Las Vegas airport (LAS) 4 hours before scheduled departure during Race Week. If you’re checking bags or need support, please take full advantage of this time. For most airlines, bags must be checked in at least 45 minutes before departure. If you don’t have bags to check, plan to arrive early and allow plenty of time to get to the gate. 
Visiting Las Vegas in December?

Additional details about traveling through LAS during F1 Las Vegas 2023 Race Week can be found HERE at Harry Reid International Airport.

Visiting Las Vegas in December? 

Temporary grandstands, race signs, checkered flags, and lighted truss will be tucked away until the next Vegas GP track race in 2024. If you’re visiting Sin City in December, it’ll be Vegas business as usual with the iconic Strip you know. Nothing F1 race to see here! The city will be laser-focused in prep mode for The Big Game – Super Bowl LVIII.

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