Circuit of The Americas opens ticket sales process
23 January 2012
There may still be some doubts over the viability of the Circuit of the Americas as a host for this year's United States Grand Prix, but the venue has begun the process of selling tickets for the November round.
The first race the organisers face is to get construction of the circuit and its facilities completed in time for the return of the USGP to the F1 schedule. Much of the initial earthworks were completed before relations with the workforce broke down, and the result of them downing tools was to set the project behind schedule while financial wrangling took over.
With the state comptroller backtracking on advance payments from Texas' Special Events Fund, and chief financier Bobby Epstein apparently falling out with the man behind the race, Tavo Hellmund, both event and circuit appeared to be in jeopardy, but an alternative contract was agreed between Epstein and Bernie Ecclestone that has secured the event's place on the calendar.
Recent media reports are now claiming that the circuit and its facilities could be ready as early as August, with Italiaracing.net revealing that 'workers are working six days a week to complete the paddock buildings and grandstands'. The Austin American Statesman newspaper confirmed that 'tonnes of equipment and hundreds of workers' had arrived on site since the new accord between Epstein and Ecclestone had been agreed, although the actual track surface will be among the last things to appear.
Amid the new optimism that the Circuit of The Americas will be completed in time, the venue has opened its ticketing process by launching its 'select seating wait list' for events at the track, headed by the USGP. The select seating wait list is the first of two ticketing stages designed to help fans purchase seats.
“We are receiving great interest in tickets every day from fans around the world,” said chief marketing and sales officer Geoff Moore, “In order to effectively manage the demand, we have created a two-stage ticketing process to help fans better understand the opportunities available. We want every fan to get the ticket that is right and
affordable for them. In this first stage, we are showing off the incredible entertainment experience our main grandstand offers.”
Obtaining a personal seat license is the first step in the initial stage of ticketing and, from Monday 23 January through Monday 13 February, fans may join the select seating wait list to be first in line to purchase a personal seat license, which will go on sale 1 March. Personal seat licenses will range in price from $1000 to $5000 per seat, depending on proximity to the start/finish line and amenities.
A personal seat license entitles its holder to purchase tickets for all racing events at Circuit of The Americas for the next 15 years. The license also gives its holder a priority position to purchase tickets for entertainment events held at Circuit of The Americas for the duration of the license.
Select seating is focused on the main grandstand, which has approximately 9000 seats in 26 rows. Along with a perfect view of the start/finish line and pit area, the state-of-the-art main grandstand seating provide fans with a number of amenities and extras, including individual stadium seats, in-seat food and beverage service, direct view of three giant video boards, nearby merchandise shopping in the F1 Fan area and priority on-site parking.
Select seating will also be available at turns one, 15 and 16, with the grandstand at the former sitting atop a dramatic 133ft elevation that provides the clearest sightlines
for the track's signature turn, along with a view all the way to downtown Austin. The topography associated with turn one makes it one of the most exciting features of the course, while the area between turns 15-16 is home to the track's Stadium Section grandstands. Those seats will provide views of the most up-close racing action and are also located near the Grand Plaza, which features the highest concentration of food, beverage and merchandise amenities.
Individual tickets will be the focus of the second stage of ticketing. Individual event tickets to the USGP will be offered for sale in early summer, and fans interested in buying uncovered grandstand or general admission tickets to the event should register their contact information at www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com and sign up for the Circuit's email newsletter. No deposit for individual ticket registration is required. Those interested in acquiring a personal seat license should go to the website and click on go to the select seating wait list banner and register their contact information along with a $100 deposit.