The Miami Grand Prix has put on a show. It has been done in true Miami style- big, bold, dynamic and fun. “From the beginning, we wanted to make it uniquely Miami,” commented Miami Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel, who was instrumental in bringing F1 to Miami and the Hard Rock Stadium ... “I believe Miami is the most dynamic city in the country right now. ... We try to bring things out here that reflect that".
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Tickets have been the most expensive ever sold, some fetching upwards $25,000 for a hospitality package. 300,000 tourists are expected to arrive, more than for the Super Bowl or Art Basel Miami. Over 250,000 tickets have been requested and the Hard Rock stadium holds 80,000. The organizers anticipate a $400 million impact to Miami Gardens. Hotels have sold their rooms at top dollar. Brands like St. Regis Bal Harbour has ultra luxe packages including a private, beachfront bungalow and $110,000 DeBeers diamond piece. Hard Rock grounds have been transformed into a mixed-entertainment venue replete with amenities like a mock marina with docked yachts, beach club, luxury row from Bal Harbour shops with champagne garden and the emblematic Seminole Hard Rock guitar sculpted in sand are just part of the amenities garnering great attention. Pop up grandstands set to hold 85,000 fans and makeshift tracks have been constructed. And, the parties, oh the many parties.
Its opening party was this past Wednesday, May 4th with a Kygo performance presented by Heineken and Dolphins' owner Stephen Ross being driven by Garfinkel around a 3.3 mile track. There are so many activities and parties for spectators, celebrities and drivers beyond the track that it is dizzying to keep up.
Lewis Hamilton joined Tom Brady in a charity golf event. Grand Prix Winner Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez tried their hand in baseball at a Marlins game before the Grand Prix kick off.. Charles Leclerc sought to perfect his catch with a glove. Daniel Ricciardo got his trills on a jet-ski and had sushi later for dinner with Yuki Tsunoda. Carlos Sainz also hit the links with Lando Norris.
Miami Grand Prix is expected to draw the biggest celebrity crowd in F1 history. Serena, Venus Williams, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, James Corden, and Beckham are just some of them. "The list of celebrities is so long, perhaps only Monaco has rivaled it – and even then, this cast might be the most impressive F1 has ever seen. " Formula 1.com
VIP dinners, shindigs and restaurant by invite only events are also the talk of the town. There is a four day party at Story Nightclub presented by Acura. The Red Bull Guest House will be at The Faena Hotel and the invitees include moguls, venture capitalists, athletes and artists. Carbone Beach is charging $3,000 for American Express holders for the four-night dinner done by Chef Mario Carbone. Post Malone will be at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. There is also the immersive FTX Off the Grid on the sands of South Beach. Haute Living will host dinner at a private estate with Bugatti Miami and Jacob and Co and the closing fete with McLaren at Sexy Fish.
Miami is firing on all cylinders and its Miami Grand Prix weekend will not only be the biggest in Miami's history but perhaps in F1's history.
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We are excited for Miami and the Miami Grand Prix.
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