Formula One gives up on race in downtown Miami: Herald
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[April 25, 2019]
(Reuters) - Formula One and
local organizers have given up on plans to hold a race in downtown
Miami because of the disruption for businesses and residents, the
Miami Herald reported on Wednesday.
It said they were now looking into an alternative race location on
land next to the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins NFL
team, to the north of the Florida city.
"We want to do something great for Miami," the paper quoted Tom
Garfinkel, vice chairman and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock
Stadium, as saying.
"Unfortunately when we finally received the detailed report of what
it would take to build out a street circuit each year, the multiple
weeks of traffic and construction disruption to the port, Bayfront
Park and the residents and businesses on Biscayne Boulevard would
have been significant."
Formula One had hoped to add the street race to the calendar for
this year but that was pushed back last July until at least 2020 as
a result of emerging local opposition to the proposed harborside
The sport's owners Liberty Media say they want to make sure Miami,
which has been offered a 10-year contract, has long-term viability
with maximum local support.
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The downtown skyline of Miami, Florida November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Joe
The race would be a second grand prix in the United States after the
one in Austin, Texas.
Miami Dolphins franchise owner Stephen Ross is supporting the
project, with a company owned by the U.S. entrepreneur lined up as
the potential promoter.
"A lot would have to happen for us to be able to do it," said
Garfinkel of the new proposal.
"But we have over 250 acres of land so adding an F1 race to where
Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Open sit means we can create a
world-class racing circuit that is unencumbered by existing
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Greg Stutchbury)
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