MGM will build a grandstand on Lake Bellagio for the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix

Published on: November 11, 2022, 11:28 am.

Last updated: November 11, 2022, 11:28 am.

MGM Resorts International will build a lakeside grandstand at the Bellagio resort to watch the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, the company announced this week.

Rendering of the Formula 1 Grandstand Lake Bellagio
A rendering of the grandstand that will be built on the lake at Bellagio for the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix. (MGM Resorts International)

MGM calls it “one of the most exclusive live sports viewing experiences” in the world, which will only be available with the purchase of one of its “ride and stay” packages.

These packages include:

  • two three-day race tickets for either the Bellagio Grandstand or the Paddock Grandstand
  • a three-night stay at MGM Bellagio, ARIA, Vdara, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Delano, Park MGM, New York-New York, Luxor or Excalibur resorts
  • food and soft drinks from the stands

Friday morning, Casino.org selected a Formula 1 Bellagio Grandstand Room and Ticket Package, which includes a Bellagio Resort King Room and two three-day Bellagio Grandstand tickets. The total came to $9,011.63.

Not So Tribune?

“In just over a year, F1 fans around the world will see Las Vegas throw a party,” MGM Resorts Chief Commercial Officer Steve Zanella said in a statement. “In addition to the Bellagio grandstands, which will set new standards for event viewing, we will create a non-stop celebration worthy of this international spectacular.”

About half of the internet agreed that the stand was setting new standards – new low the standards. Many have complained about how the steep stands will affect the view of the fountains for hundreds of thousands of Las Vegas visitors, as well as all the Bellagio guests lucky enough to get Strip-facing rooms.

Commenting on the blog entry directly titled “Vital Vegas” from Casino.orgScott Roeben’s own, “Bellagio grandstand plans for F1 are an abomination,” wrote reader Michael Alexakis:Huge grandstands also spoil the beauty of major golf tournament courses. This is a corporate world we live in. We have to let them try to soak their people out of their assets so we can watch it on TV and be bombarded with commercials. No salable space will go unsold because it bothers us.”

The F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix race will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 10:00 p.m. It will feature 50 laps around a 3.8-mile circuit that weaves throughout the Strip, with a straight road that allows drivers to push 212 miles per hour.

Tickets went on sale last week, with prices ranging from $500 for a three-day standing room pass to $10,000 for a Skybox Hospitality seat near the paddock. MGM Resorts reportedly collected $20-25 million worth of tickets with an eye toward combining hotel/ride packages that cost $100,000. Nothing this expensive has been announced so far.

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