South Florida Motorsports (SFM), which organises Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix, has announced a series of upgrades for this year’s event, including a new premium hospitality Paddock Club and the creation of a team village on the pitch at Hard Rock Stadium.
SFM will be making a “huge investment” into the circuit ahead of the race on May 5-8. It comes after the successful staging of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix last year.
The race incorporates Hard Rock Stadium, which serves as the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, and this year the venue will be further kitted out. SFM has worked with F1, the FIA and teams to construct a new permanent 190,000-square-foot Paddock Club building, which will house over 6,000 guests in premium suites and feature a luxury rooftop club.
The three-tiered structure has been built above the existing team pit garages and overlooks the pitlane and start/finish straight. SFM has appointed catering company DO & CO to provide a premium hospitality experience for the exclusive area.
For this year, the F1 paddock will be expanded on to the stadium pitch itself, with an all-new team village to house the hospitality units of the 10 teams. Organisers have worked closely with F1 on creating the new expanded paddock, and fans will be given an exclusive insight as all general admission Campus Pass ticket holders will be able to access the 300 level of Hard Rock Stadium and look directly at the team village from above.
Organisers have also appointed track designers Tilke to oversee a repaving of the 3.36-mile track, which it is hoped will increase the amount of takeover opportunities for drivers.
Tyler Epp, president of the Miami Grand Prix, said: “After an incredible debut race, we have been working flat out to ensure the 2023 event is an even greater experience for everyone visiting the Miami International Autodrome.
“Stephen Ross and Tom Garfinkel are committed to making May’s event a best-in-class experience that is unlike any other Formula 1 race in the world. With new and enhanced hospitality experiences, the creation of the F1 Team Village directly on the football field and increased capacity we are expecting our second race to be even bigger and better for the fans, the teams, drivers, partners and everyone in South Florida.”
Last year’s Miami Grand Prix was watched by a sell-out crowd of 242,955 spectators over the three days.