Las Vegas residents weigh out pros and cons of hosting F1 Grand Prix

November 6, 2023
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Residents have voiced both environmental and local economic concerns.

Las Vegas natives have expressed both excitement and concerns regarding the upcoming Formula 1 Grand Prix race scheduled for next month, according to a local Las Vegas Review-Journal report.

Residents said they are in favor of the potential boost in customers for local businesses. However, they pointed out that blockages and structures constructed for the race could negatively impact some businesses by keeping people out of areas they could have otherwise accessed.

Others have praised the city for its efforts to build grandstands that will give race fans optimal views of the Grand Prix. One set of stands, The Venetian Zone, has caused the property to drain the gondola canal at the front of the resort.

Some plastic screens erected on a footbridge between the Wynn and the Venetian have also already been ripped down.  

Locals have also noted the environmental cost that comes with having a good view, to the tune of cutting down trees near the Bellagio, which were removed by MGM Resorts International.

Company CEO Bill Hornebuckle took a moment at this year’s recent G2E to affirm that MGM intends to replace the trees it removed for ideal race sightlines.

He said during his keynote address, “We have additional trees that will go in pots that we are going to bring back. I promise. I’ve gotten so beat up on this on social media.”

Another issue that locals have raised concerns Harry Reid International Airport. While city dwellers have said they are eager to welcome visitors and celebrate record traveling highs, Las Vegas locals said the increase in airport activity could potentially make it more difficult for residents to get around.

This year’s Formula 1 Grand Prix will run from November 16 to November 18. The 3.8-mile circuit will span throughout sections of Las Vegas Boulevard and Koval Lane, as well as through Sands and Harmon avenues.

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