The Miami Grand Prix will include a star-studded formal opening night celebration at Hard Rock Stadium, as well as a trial run by a Mercedes F1 car on Ocean Drive in South Beach over the race weekend.
South Florida Motorsports, the promoter of the Miami GP, which will host its first-ever Formula 1 race on May 8, has announced that a party-style event will be held on Wednesday, May 4 on the giant podium structure that is being erected on the south side of the stadium that is home to the Miami Dolphins NFL and University of Miami college football teams.
The event will be streamed live on the Formula One social media outlets.
The curtain-raising extravaganza will feature performances by F1 drivers and team principals, W Series racers, and A-list celebrities, as well as podium interviews with F1 drivers and team principals, W Series racers, and A-list celebrities.
The event’s general admission tickets are $100 and will allow fans to witness parts of the 5.41-kilometer Miami International Autodrome circuit up close for the first time.
“We can’t wait to introduce Formula 1 to Miami, and this event is the perfect way to start the race week,” Miami GP CEO Richard Cregan said.
“We’ve been working tirelessly to deliver an event that people will enjoy, and also on ways to give as many fans as possible a taste of our event.”
Aside from the track festivities, Mercedes F1 team sponsor FTX has teamed up with the city of Miami Beach to host a three-day fan festival on the dunes of the city’s famed South Beach.
On the Saturday and Sunday of the race weekend, a Mercedes F1 car will be demonstrated on the world-famous Ocean Drive.
On May 6, the ‘FTX Off The Grid’ event will kick off on the beachfront across from 10th Street and Ocean, with ticketed music performances in the evenings by top DJs Disclosure, Kaytranada, and Jamie XX in an event dubbed ‘Sunset on the Sand.’
A 165,000 square foot property will be designated as a ‘Electric Beach themed entertainment destination’ throughout the day.
This will include a Mercedes F1 garage and car display, art galleries, a Swiss watchmaker IWC (another Mercedes sponsor), fashion presentations, and motorsport simulators, all of which will be open to the public throughout the race weekend.