The country’s premiere destination for world-class sports and entertainment, Circuit of The Americas™ in Austin, Texas, is the first racing facility in the United States purposely built for Formula 1™ and designed to host a variety of events. The state-of-the-art COTA is home to the United SportsCar Championship, MotoGP™ Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas and of course, 2015 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ and many, many more! There are so many great features within COTA that we couldn’t simply pick one to highlight. Check out our top 10 list of COTA's most awesome features. Did yours make the list?
1. Paddock Club™
From the luxury of the Paddock Club™ balcony, which directly overlooks the pit lane, you’ll be front row when it comes to hearing the roaring of the engines cross the start/finish line. This three-story building can hold 5,500 guests across two floors above a level of working race garages with unique tours of the team pit lane. Fans get the best views of the pits, are given the opportunity to go on Pit Walks and tour the garages as they work on all of the racing cars. The attached, indoor Paddock Club™ hospitality venue offers interactive fine dining, open beverage options, entertainment, music, and magnificent views of the circuit. There's even multi-screen coverage of all the action on the track so you can see the Grand Prix racing even when it's not in your direct line of sight.
2. The Tower
Towering 251-feet into the Austin sky is the iconic Observation Tower. COTA’s colorful centerpiece features an array of 18 red, decorative steel pipes that flow from above the observation deck, down its north side before flaring out over a concert venue (more on that later). The Tower elevator has only two buttons, one, for the ground floor, and the second, for the deck, which happens to be 22 stories up. For those of you who’d appreciate the beauty of the climb, 419 stairs is the small price to pay to enjoy a birds-eye view of the track, but what a view it is!
3. Austin360 Amphitheater
Austin360, COTA’s own concert venue sits at the base of the behemoth Observation Tower. Austin has always been known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” and Austin360 is making sure it stays that way. In 2014, USA Today named it one of the Top 10 concert venues in America. With a capacity for up to 14,000 people, it’s not overwhelming large so you have to make sure your one of the few lucky people that get to experience it.
4. Pit Lane
Beside the track, the only other place with just as much action is Pit Lane. Where the teams rush through for new tires and fuel during the race, or for set-up changes in practice, each stopping at their respective pit garages. Pit Lane Walks, which are only offered through Official Ticket Packages, allow fans to walk the pits and stand adjacent to the open garages, giving them a clear view of the sleek cars, high-tech equipment and skilled personnel of all Formula One™ teams.
5. Main Grandstand
Situated approximately 10-15 yards from the star-finish line in the Main Grandstand, fans will experience and feel the anticipation of the standing start, the screaming straight, and the final turn and onto the Main Straight set against the skyline of the city of Austin in the horizon.
6. VIP Trackside Skybox
This VIP, open-air, covered viewing platform with stadium-style seats give fans an up-close view of the starting line, all the pit action and the battle for pole position in into Turn 1. Mingle with Hollywood’s finest while watching one of the world’s most exciting sporting event.
7. Turn 1
As COTA’s signature turn, Turn 1 tests the best drivers in a grueling 133-foot steep climb up to the turn. Drivers are immediately forced to make a blind left-handed turn which promises fans plenty of action during the race.
8. Turn 15
Turn 15 offers COTA’s most visually appealing views of the circuit, as it offers a panoramic view of a large portion of the circuit. Fans will see vehicles swerve down Turns 3, 4 and 5, the sequence of ultra-fast ‘esses’. Then watch as drivers steer through Turns 12, 13, 14 and 15.
9. Legends Club Hospitality
The Legends Club, presented by Circuit of The Americas Experiences, wil host a variety of events during the F1™ weekend in Austin and only available through the Circuit of The Americas Experiences program, with Saturday and/or Sunday access. Indulge in the luxury of private dining area featuring gourmet food, premium bars, interactive experiences, racing and celebrity appearances, and much more!
10. Lunch with a Legend
Within the Legends Club Hospitality is one of F1™ fans most coveted event, the Lunch with a Legend. Fans can enjoy a unique opportunity to have lunch with an F1™ Racing Legend. Hear stories of the world of racing and their journey through World Championships. Guests will even be able to partake in a live interview during a question and answer session.
Experience These for Yourself
Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ is only a couple months away so book your experience today! Find the perfect Official Ticket Package for you and ensure you experience all of this like a true #COTAVIP!
Get more information on how you can enjoy all of these features for yourself by calling 1-866-801-6975 to speak to a QuintEvents representative or visit the COTA Experiences website to find what's perfect for you!