Resort and restaurant owners in Las Vegas whose properties overlook the Formula 1 circuit for the upcoming Grand Prix are banding together to fight an alleged threat from the motorsport body to block the view for venues not paying licence fees.
According to a New York Post report, Formula 1 bosses have allegedly threatened to erect barricades and light towers to either block, or potentially even blind, the view of patrons thinking of catching a view of the race from a track-adjacent room or restaurant without appropriate fees being paid.
Formula One intends to charge proprietors with views of the track up to US$1,500 (AU$2,240) per person based on the resort and venue’s maximum licenced capacity to watch the Las Vegas Formula 1 Grand Prix when the circus visits Sin City in November.
Those choosing not to pay are being faced with the prospect of having their view over the circuit blocked, with some even perceiving the threat as an effort by the motorsport body to blind its patrons by shining lights directly into their venues.
Official race sponsors, The Venetian and Wynn Las Vegas resorts, are reportedly paying up to US$10 million each for the title with no expectation for further payments despite having many rooms overlooking the course.
The Las Vegas Grand Prix will be the penultimate event of a 2023 season currently being dominated by Red Bull’s two-time World Champion, Max Verstappen.
The controversial plan to bring Formula One to the bustling streets of Las Vegas has been met with divided opinions within the community. While some see it as a thrilling opportunity to attract motorsport enthusiasts and boost tourism, others are apprehensive about the potential downsides.
Three-day ticket packages for the event are on sale to the public starting from US$2,000 however are not sold out, according to the official F1 website.
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