Hard Rock Stadium Reaches Deal to Bring F1 Race to South Florida

Credit: Tom Garfinkel via Twitter

Get ready to raise the speed limit.

Before fans gets excited about the proposed 2021 grand prix, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Before anything, the Miami-Dade County commissioners have to approve the race, which may be a challenge considering the heavy opposition from Miami Gardens residents.

According to Miami Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel and F1’s Sean Bratches in a joint statement, there is an “estimated annual impact of more than $400 [million] and 35,000 room nights,” meaning that the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix will be an “economic juggernaut for South Florida” every year it is held.

Those opposing the race have held meetings and protests to voice their displeasure, citing that they will be inconvenienced with traffic and noise leading up to and during race week.

The F1 race would take part on stadium grounds for the most part, but a half-mile stretch of the course would include the commercial Northwest 199th Street. That road would need to be shut down to regular traffic entirely for the event’s duration.

Hard Rock Stadium is a compromise location for the race after original plans to hold it in downtown Miami were quickly shut down by residents with similar complaints.

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