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Formula 1 adds Hard Rock Stadium to racing circuit

The speed and power of Formula 1 racing is coming to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens in 2022. (Photo F1)

Since being named Hard Rock Stadium in summer 2016 – when Seminole Tribe leaders and the Miami Dolphins smashed guitars on the field to celebrate the 18-year naming partnership – the venue in Miami Gardens has hosted high profile sports and entertainment events, including the Super Bowl, NCAA football championship, Orange Bowl, Miami Open tennis tournament and concerts from Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and the Rolling Stones.

Add Formula 1 auto racing to the list.

Sunday the global racing circuit – which has worldwide appeal – announced it will hold the Miami Grand Prix at Hard Rock Stadium. The 10-year deal is scheduled to start in 2022; an exact date has not been announced.  

“The U.S. is a key growth market for us, and we are greatly encouraged by our growing reach in the US which will be further supported by this exciting second race,” Stefano Domenicali, president & CEO of Formula 1, said in a statement. “We will be working closely with the team from Hard Rock Stadium and the FIA to ensure the circuit delivers sensational racing but also leaves a positive and lasting contribution for the people in the local community.”

There should be plenty of international eyes on Hard Rock Stadium when F1 rolls into town. According to F1, its cumulative television audience in 2020 was 1.5 billion. The countries with the most TV viewers are Brazil, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix auto race will be held on the Hard Rock Stadium campus starting in 2022. (Photo Hard Rock Stadium)

The track will cover 3.3-miles on the pavement outside the stadium. The course will hug stadium on the northeast and southwest sides. Average speeds are expected to be about 138 mph with top speeds close to 200.

“The Hard Rock Stadium entertainment campus in Miami Gardens exists to host the biggest global events to benefit the entire greater Miami region and Formula 1 racing is as big as it gets,” said Tom Garfinkel, vice-chairman, president & CEO, of Hard Rock Stadium.

F1’s 23-race schedule this season spans the globe with stops in Abu Dhabi, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Japan and other locations. The only race held in the U.S. this year will be in Austin, Texas.

The Seminole Tribe is the parent entity of Hard Rock International.

The course layout will feature 19 turns on the Hard Rock Stadium campus. (Image F1)
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Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. He also worked for more than a decade in management and public relations for a hockey program in New England that produced several college and NHL players. Contact Kevin at kevinjohnson@semtribe.com.
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