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Bellagio Fountain Club Formula 1 Grandstands

Wade Vandervort

Grandstands at the Bellagio Fountain Club, a viewing area for the Formula 1 race, are shown Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023.

Drivers making their way to the Las Vegas Strip will face varying degrees of traffic restrictions surrounding this week’s Formula One festivities, which start tonight with opening ceremonies and conclude after the 10 p.m. Saturday Las Vegas Grand Prix.

Streets within the Resort Corridor over the next four days will rotate from being partially open to completely shuttered to accommodate race-related activities.

From Thursday to Saturday, streets in the corridor that are part of the track will begin to close at 5 p.m. and should be fully shut down by 7 p.m., officials said. Those streets will begin reopening at 2 a.m. and will be available for public use by 4 a.m.

Additionally, roads in the corridor will shutter at 11 tonight and reopen by 6 a.m. Thursday to accommodate the opening ceremonies.

And Koval Lane, between Harmon and Rochelle avenues, and near race headquarters, will be closed in both directions through Nov. 25.

“We recommend you travel to the Strip before 5 p.m. to avoid traffic shifts and delays,” race officials said.

Terry Miller, owner of Miller Project Management, which has overseen race infrastructure and construction, said “it’s clear that you have to understand what’s going on and pick your path” when driving near the Strip. To help, more than 180 flaggers will be stationed throughout the circuit to help with traffic flow.

In addition to road restrictions, those attempting to drive to the race may face parking problems, officials said. They say resorts located within the race circuit will require a parking pass or proof of reservation for a room, restaurant or show for entry. Those properties not part of the circuit are expected to charge high fees.

Race officials recommend fans use rideshare services to travel to the event, because you can be dropped off at the designated location closest to your seating zone. Those zones have been shared with ticket holders, officials said.

For those staying on the Strip, race officials recommend walking. Not much should change on the pedestrian pathways, officials said.

Pedestrian bridges will remain open throughout the race, although some detours have been created, such as around the Bellagio and Mirage, according to maps from the Las Vegas Grand Prix.

The F1 app, available through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, has tools to help ticket holders get to their seats. Signs around the Strip will help people find ticketed viewing areas.

Clear totes or backpacks, fanny packs, small handbags and diaper bags will be permitted in race zones.

For more information on the race, download the F1 app or check the Las Vegas Grand Prix website.

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