Don’t have a ticket to F1? Here’s what you need to know about accessing Strip| Formula 1 | Sports

Don’t have a ticket to F1?  Here’s what you need to know about accessing Strip|  Formula 1 |  Sports

Locals who want to be on the Strip and see the buzz of next week’s Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix should be prepared to get there early.

Road closures around the racecourse begin at 5pm daily Thursday through Saturday, according to public road closure maps from the race website. A “hot lane” procedure, when public roads are closed due to event activity, will close the inside lanes first to allow outgoing traffic to filter out of the race area.

For locals coming from the West Valley or I-15, note that these road closures include ramp closures at Spring Mountain and Flamingo roads. Reduced lanes leading to the closures will direct traffic away from the racing area.

With the main roads crossing Las Vegas Boulevard expected to be heavily congested as the closures begin, Formula 1 fans should take to the Strip in the afternoon.

However, some resorts and malls along Las Vegas Boulevard may have parking garage access — often at a premium — before 5 p.m. Drivers will have access to Sammy Davis Jr. Drive behind the Fashion Show, Treasure Island and The Mirage.

The “island” or hotels within the circle include The Venetian and Palazzo, Harrah’s, The Linq, Flamingo, Cromwell, Horseshoe, Paris and Planet Hollywood. Note that many properties surrounding the race, including the island, will have security measures that require proof of an event, hotel, restaurant or other type of reservation.

Map of road closures near Las Vegas Boulevard during racing events from November 16-18. (Courtesy of the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix)

Due to the level of control immediately surrounding the track, locals may want to share a ride or park away from the center of the Strip and walk or take the Las Vegas Monorail toward the event. Still note that you may be directed away from resorts without hospitality reservations.

Locals who want to see what all the fuss is about would do well to go to the training day Thursday, said Don Foss, vice president of hotel sales and marketing for Treasure Island.

“On Thursday, in general, Formula 1 events became a bit more relaxed and flexible in terms of not restricting people from everywhere,” Vos said.

The most important thing for any local who is interested but hates tickets is to have realistic expectations, Voss said. Get there early to avoid the worst of the road closures, know where to park, and realize that approaching the Strip without an event ticket or hospitality reservation of some sort is unlikely — but you’ll be able to hear the action.

“Personally I wasn’t working the event, I might want to come down and check it out too (but) knowing I can’t come here and not have a plan,” he said. “I’m expected to come in here and I’ll probably hear (the race) in the background. I won’t really be able to see it in other ways, other than watching it on TV.

McKenna Ross is a staff member at Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms. Contact her at He follows @mckenna_ross_ On X.

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