Miami F1 cynosure marina to return in 2023



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Fake marina to return to Miami F1 track Image: F1

One of the major talking points at this year’s inaugural event (Miami Grand Prix) around the National Football League (NFL) team Miami Dolphins stadium – the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (US) – was a fake marina – made up of a collection of 10 yachts on the inside of Turns 6,7 and 8 which was surrounded by solid vinyl water.

‘motorsport.com’ stated that the installation triggered an explosion of photoshopped images and memes and became a major talking point – which delighted circuit bosses as it raised the profile of the whole event.

The Miami Grand Prix is a Formula One Grand Prix which forms part of the 2022 Formula One World Championship, with the event taking place at the Miami International Autodrome on a 10-year contract.

The 2022 Miami Grand Prix (officially known as the Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix 2022) was a Formula One motor race that was held on May 8th, 2022 at the Miami International Autodrome in Miami Gardens, Florida, United States. It was the first edition of the Miami Grand Prix and the fifth round of the 2022 Formula One World Championship.

The 65,000-capacity Miami International Autodrome is a purpose-built temporary circuit around the Hard Rock Stadium and its private facilities in the Miami suburb of Miami Gardens, Florida, US. The track is 3.363 mi long and features 19 corners with an anticipated average speed of around 139 mph.

The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami metropolitan area, US. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member team of the league’s American Football Conference East division.

The 65,326-capacity Hard Rock Stadium is a multipurpose stadium located in Miami Gardens, Florida, US. The stadium is the home field for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL) and the Miami Hurricanes, the University of Miami’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college football team.

‘motorsport.com’ further stated that despite the buzz around the marina, it was unclear if it would be a one-off installation or would return in 2023.

Now, after months of discussions, track officials have confirmed that several of the features that grabbed attention this year are to return.

Beyond the fake marina, what is known officially as the MIA Marina, Miami will also bring back the Hard Rock Beach Club and the official F1 fan zone.

The circuit has also promised an improved campus experience for fans – with increased shade and water stations, as well as the installation of more trackside viewing platforms around the track.

There are plans to install 56,000 grandstand seats around the track for fans, which is an increase of 3,000 over this year.

Miami F1 President Tyler Epp said, “The whole team is working hard to ensure we deliver a fantastic Year Two experience for our fans. 2023 will see the return of the iconic MIA Marina and Hard Rock Beach Club which were some of the most popular parts of the MIA campus. We have listened to our fans from last year and plan to increase shade, water stations, and will be adding additional viewing platforms around the circuit. In Year Two, we’ll continue to showcase the best of Miami – the culture, entertainment, food, music, and community.”

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