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An introduction to the Circuit Of The Americas

The Circuit of the Americas, or COTA, is a 5.5km motor racing track in the south-east of Austin, Texas. It’s the host course of the United States F1 Grand Prix as well as the Motorcycle Grand Prix, and the World Endurance Championship. It was the first circuit in the US to be built specifically for Formula One racing.

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Designed by Tavo Hellmund and Kevin Schwantz, with help from Hermann Tilke, the announcement was made back in July 2010 that 890 acres of unused land in Travis County would be transformed into a huge development of residential and business opportunity, as well as the first F1 circuit.


Ahead of the very first race, influential drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso were positive about the circuit, and Jenson Button went further describing it as “spectacular.”

Features for the fans

The Grand Plaza is in a very special location, surrounded by the track on three sides. Designed by Miró Rivera Architects, the 20-acre space has a lawn and pool, surrounded by several landscaped areas and also has several retail spaces and spectator seating areas.

The big landmark for the track is the Observation Tower, standing at 250ft tall with a viewing platform just 20ft below the highest point. It can hold 70 visitors.

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Main grandstand

The main grandstand holds 9,000 spectators over three levels. It is ‘future proof’ in that it has a modular construction that will allow straightforward expansion and arrangement as required.

It wasn’t all plain-sailing, however, and there were various lawsuits and disputes in the early years, specifically for the planned MotoGP race, though certainly for the moment they seem to have been resolved.

Unless you are in the car or the pits, the best place to watch the race in Texas is from the F1 Paddock Club in the United States city of Austin. Get your admission ticket from specialist event operators like Edge Global Events and see the event in style.

For more information about the COTA, have a look at their official website.

Whether you follow F1 or not, being able to attend any sporting event of this status is a wonderful opportunity, and going to the top of any sport – especially one with such a huge crowd (118k watched the first race in 2012) – should be seriously considered.

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