F1 » Austin to request 2013 date change?

USGP organisers have confirmed that they are pursuing a change of date for the 2013 event to avoid clashing with a college football game in Austin on the same weekend.

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Shakey - Unregistered

December 06, 2012 2:15 PM

The attendance and viewing figures for the race showed it held up well against NASCAR - no problem there.

I really doubt football (or should I say Colonial Hand Egg) fans share the same demographic as F1 fans, plus the game clashes with qualifying, not the actual race - no problem there.

So really, the concern is Austin doesn't have enough space to cover the visitors? Says who? The hoteliers? The bars? The restaurants? I would've thought with the economy the way it is the entirety of Austin would relish the opportunity to sell their goods to an additional 200,000+ people - just make sure there's enough stock to feed everybody and pay enough overtime for staff to cover.

nobodyspecial - Unregistered

December 06, 2012 3:21 PM

It seems, if you follow other sources, that the concern is more due to accommodating one major local(ish) event and one major international event in the same area on the same weekend. Stuff like Hotels, Bars, Transport links are going to be at full capacity if some 250,000+ people are coming to the area to watch there prospective sports.

An opportunist may even see it has chance to lure some American Football fans to F1 if the dates are not changed. You never know.

@p nice generalization there.


December 06, 2012 3:32 PM

NASCAR is the least of F1 problems and simpily because NASCAR run a weekly racing schedule.

I've raised this argument before, but NASCAR is not, and I repeat not F1's biggest competitor when you're looking for mainstream coverage in america, however its biggest competitor are the more mainstream sporting games e.g. NFL, NBA, college football, and college basketball as the media tends to focus on those, even NASCAR is competing with those.

Now if you were to ask me, in a perfect world the Austin race would need to be pushed to an earlier date on the calendar(in the spring to early summer)switching places with an early race and I doubt this would happen due to european fans

38 lw - Unregistered

December 06, 2012 4:32 PM

come on austin youve only had 1 race and you are gripping already!!!.didnt anybody do any long range research. come on if austin cant have a bar-b-cue cook-out and a f1 race the same weekend take the race and give it to a city that can like chicago las vegas dallas or l. a. .i cant believe nobody had the foresight to think about competeing events. as the new boy on the block austin should take what ever date they give them and say thankyou a million times

Shakey - Unregistered

December 06, 2012 5:32 PM


Hospitality capacity is exactly the point is was making, but I'm not convinced it's entirely an issue if the managers of these places organise well in advance. And Austin wins because for 3 days they will be buzzing with cash flow.

So I wonder what the REAL reason is for the concern.

Droog - Unregistered

December 06, 2012 6:00 PM

If it takes a simple schedule re-alignment to give F1 in the USA the best chance that it has had in years to regain a foothold, do it.
I live in a major metropolitan area, pop 5 mil+ and even here we would be hard pressed to find good accommodation for two major (100,000+ attendees) events at the same time. Many would be pushed out into the suburbs entailing a major and painful commute to the event location.
And to all those knocking the Football fans, consider, that College Football in the USA is bigger than the Premier League in the UK, in both attendance and TV Viewers.
Not something to be brushed aside lightly just because of ignorance.
But having said all that, screw NASCAR.

Pole Position - Unregistered

December 06, 2012 6:19 PM

@ Droog That's what I thought they were going to do when this race was first announced (Canada & Texas back to back). But, it makes too much sense so they probably won't do it.

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