Formula 1 fans insult the Miami Grand Prix as a ‘Fyre festival’ of motorsports after paying thousands for weekend tickets just to meet a fake marina, a ‘parking lot’ trail and sticky fake ‘beach clubs’ full of posing stars and influencers who know nothing about sports.
The event attracted tens of thousands of people to the city over the weekend with the appeal of luxury sports and world-class hospitality.
But Hard Rock Stadium has left much to be desired with its spacious campus, long walks to the parking lot and confusing schedule.
The general entrance to the field on Friday, the day of the exercise, was $ 300. After that, one-day tickets rose to $ 800 a day.
Admission to the Hardrock Beach Club cost $ 1,000 – and the price did not guarantee guests a place. They had to pay another $ 2,000 for the deck chair.
A limited number of three-day, catering tickets sold for between $ 5,000 and $ 10,000, and tickets for Paddock cost more than $ 11,000 for the weekend.
The cable car to the ‘VIP beach club’ in the middle of the track was shown on Sunday, the last day of the Miami Grand Prix
Hard rock ‘beach club’ on Sunday. The cheerleaders watched The Chainsmokers, swam in one of the two pools and drank cocktails
The luxury experience of the VIP beach club has left much to be desired, especially in the eyes of die-hard F1 fans
The VIP club on the beach with cabins was in the center of the trail and was highlighted as one of the most luxurious features of the event, but in reality it was in a cage on a plot with imported sand
Umbrellas and deck chairs are scattered on the imported sand next to the cabins in the ‘VIP’ beach club
Elsewhere in the stadium was a fake marina, which included painted water and fences. The point was to show the boats on display or
Marc and Isabella pose for a selfie at an artificial marina and beach club during the Miami Formula One Grand Prix
A general view of the replica of the Miami marina can be seen in front of the Grand Prix – one of the taunts of the event
Fans tour the track ahead of the Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Miami International Autodrome, Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Miami Gardens
The average fan who bought the most basic ticket in three days had to pay $ 1,200 for enjoyment – before the ticket collection sites bought the first series.
By May 1, tickets were on sale at other venues for $ 2,200.
TICKET PRICES FOR FORMULA 1
Friday (training day) $ 300
Saturday (qualifying day) $ 400
Sunday (race day) $ 500
General ticket for the entire weekend: $ 1,200
Ticket for the beach club: $ 1,000
Ticket for the beach club: $ 2,000
Three-day catering tickets: $ 5,000-10,000
Paddock Club: $ 11,000
With such high ticket prices, it seemed that the only people who took off without any problems were celebrities. They flooded the event with demands and became more of a focal point than the race itself.
Fans complained that they had to walk up to 20 minutes in hot temperatures to get to their seats in the stadium, even after paying extra for parking passes promising to keep them within 10 minutes of the action.
At the center of the trail was a VIP beach club where people who paid extra could watch Post Malone performances.
Lewis Hamilton, a fan favorite, compared the spectacle to the Super Bowl.
The most ridiculed feature of the event was the fake marina created in blue on the ground in an attempt to recreate the ocean.
If the organizers hoped that it would bring the fans to Monaco, their efforts failed.
Many joked on social media about fake water, painted to show off ships being sold.
‘The fake marina around this track might be the dumbest, but funniest thing I’ve ever seen on an F1 track. It’s so sticky ‘, one fan is sad.
‘Marina was crazy,’ another race visitor added to DailyMail.com.
She added that she had to walk between 15 and 20 minutes from her designated parking lot – which her group paid extra for – in the heat.
‘It was hard to get around the place, there wasn’t enough shade and the walk from the car park was MUCH longer than they claimed,’ said the fan, who did not want to be named.
City hotel room prices have skyrocketed as a result of the event, prompting many to shell out more than $ 500 a night for three-star hotels away from the beach or water.
Others said the fake beach club in the center of the track was full of posing celebrities who were completely uninterested in the sport.
Yacht brokers on their boats in the fake marina on Sunday, trying to whip luxury boats to visitors to F1 races
Michelle Obama is visiting Mercedes ’garage on Saturday, May 7 during the Miami Grand Prix
Paris Hilton and Serena Williams were among the VIPs at the event over the weekend. They had some of the hottest tickets to the event
Tom Brady followed the action from the Mercedes garage on Sunday. He was one of many celebrities in the paddock
The beach club had pools and performances like Post Malone.
‘The demands of sponsors and fans were out of the charts, unlike anything I saw in my time in Formula 1.
‘I really like where we are in North America in terms of Formula 1 popularity,’ McLaren boss Zak Brown said before the race.
‘Organizing a good first year event is a challenge to get everything right, given the size, scale and novelty.
‘But if you look at Austin, 10 years later, they had a record attendance last year. Silverstone has been around for 50 years or more and is already sold out.
“So I think a big event is being organized and then it’s going to be sustainable for a decade – I’m not saying it’s easy to do, but it’s clear it can be done.
‘Let’s put it right, put on a good show for the fans, and I think there’s a huge amount of runways here,’ he said.
Do you remember us? F1 drivers set off on Sunday, the last day of the Miami Grand Prix