Apparently the Circuit of the Americas
(COTA) fully believes it'll be holding the United States Grand Prix
in November and that all construction--currently underway, or so they say--will be sufficiently completed to afford customers the opportunity to watch Formula 1 perform in the outskirts of Austin, Texas.
COTA on Saturday sent a notice of opportunities to reserve a spot on the "select seating waitlist" for luxury suites and premium grandstand seating.
In order to secure such a spot, a $100 deposit is necessary. The select seating waitlist enrollment period started on January 21 and goes until Monday March 13th for the F1 weekend, scheduled for November 16-18, 2012.
In this stage of the operation, fans are placing a deposit to purchase a personal seat license (PSL). The PSL goes on sale March 1, ranging in cost for $1,000 to $5,000 per seat, payable in two installments (if desired) with pricing varied according to the proximity to the start/finish line and nearby amenities.
A PSL enables its holder to purchase tickets for all racing events at Circuit of the Americas for the next 15 years and also grants the holder a priority position for tickets to entertainment events at the venue for the same duration.
The select seating options are for the main grandstand with about 9,000 seats in 26 rows; this grandstand has individual stadium seats, in-seat food and beverage service, direct view of three giant video screens, proximity to the F1 Fan area with its merchandise availability and priority on-site parking.
There is also select setting at turns 1, 15 and 16. Turn 1 grandstands sit atop the 133-foot elevation (which we visited in October) and has clear sight lines for most of the circuit as well as views to downtown Austin in the distance. The area between Turns 15 and 16 has the track's stadium section grandstands, located near the Grand Plaza, with the highest concentration of food, beverage and merchandise vendors.
"We are receiving great interest in tickets every day fro fans around the world," Geoff Moore, chief marketing and sales officer for the race track said. "In order to effectively manage the demand, we have created a two-stage ticketing process to help fans better understand the opportunities available. We want every fan to get the ticket that is right and affordable for them. In this stage," he noted, "we are showing off the incredible entertainment experience our main grandstand offers."
Circuit of the Americas suffered through a rather wet December but claims that there are more than 350 tradespersons on-site and working each day and that COTA's Paddock building is about to get its roofing completed. Work on the main grandstand goes vertical this week and excavation has begun on the Grand Plaza and amphitheater. Paving is intended to begin in August, scant time for a 90-day cure.