The Las Vegas Strip becomes a huge new attraction

Las Vegas has long been the country where everything is larger than life. No one is building an intimate, subtle venue in Sin City and certainly not on the Las Vegas Strip where every resort casino seems designed to be more impressive than the last.

Walking or driving on the Strip at night brings an onslaught of neon where it’s almost hard to process everything you see. Mega-casinos operated by Caesars Entertainment (CZR) and MGM Resorts International (MGM) include a fake Eiffel Tower; a replica of the Statue of Liberty; Luxor, a casino/hotel shaped like an Egyptian pyramid; and the grandeur of Caesars Palace.

There’s a seemingly endless array of digital billboards and marquees touting everyone from Carrot Top and Donny Osmond to Lady Gaga and Boys II Men. The Las Vegas Strip offers everything from world-class magicians to top DJs, from Cirque du Soleil to classic showgirls and classic and modern burlesque shows.

The Strip has also been home to some pretty awesome attractions, including the Bellagio Fountains, Venetian Canals, and the now-defunct Pirate Show at Treasure Island. Another beloved attraction, the Volcano at Mirage will close soon to make way for the property’s new owner, Hard Rock International, to build a guitar-shaped hotel.

Las Vegas has embraced the change, but now a city player is going to add a top permanent attraction (well, as permanent as anything in Sin City) right in the heart of the Strip.

Formula 1 takes a big step in Las Vegas

Formula 1 (F1) has decided to plant its flag in Las Vegas in style. The racing series plans to hold a race, the Las Vegas Grand Prix, on the Las Vegas Strip in November 2023.

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“The race will take place at night, on a Saturday in November, on the famous Las Vegas Strip, with the track passing some of the world’s most legendary landmarks, hotels and casinos. The incredible neon lights of Las Vegas will serve as the backdrop to The third Formula 1 race in the United States and highlights the enormous enthusiasm and excitement in the United States for Formula 1 as the sport continues to grow its global fanbase,” said the Las Vegas Convention. and Visitors Authority in a press release.

Formula 1 is committed to doing more than just racing in Las Vegas. The organization also purchased a 39-acre, $240 million parcel of land on the northeast corner of Harmon Avenue and Koval Lane (an area just off the Las Vegas Strip).

The land will give F1 a permanent home in Las Vegas and part of the land will be used to build a ‘pit and paddock’ area for the upcoming race,” according to Formula 1 parent company CEO Greg Maffei. News 3 Las Vegas reported.

Now, however, more plans have been released for the site, which should make anyone who’s ever wanted to feel what it’s like to drive an F1 happy.

Upcoming Formula 1 Experience on the Las Vegas Strip

“A permanent Formula 1 experience is set to open near the Las Vegas Strip as a new tourist attraction in early 2023, just in time for the Vegas Grand Prix,” reported.

Few details have been released on exactly what the new attraction will entail, but it looks like F1 fans will be able to take a spin behind the wheel of the famous racing cars.

“Plans are still being finalized for the experience. But soon racing and adrenaline fans will be able to strap in and go full throttle in Formula 1 cars as they zip past one of Vegas’ most famous landmarks,” the site reported. “The F1 Experience will run for 11 months each year at the site of the now bulldozed Ice nightclub at Koval Lane and Harmon Avenue.”

Keith P. Plain