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The Mirage in Las Vegas just announced special seating for the Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix.

Ever since Hard Rock International bought The Mirage, locals have been curious as to what the future held for the property. And true to the Hard Rock nature, this one is going to be eye-catching. The Mirage announced recently their plans to offer specialized seating for the upcoming Formula One Grand Prix.

The Formula One Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023 will be taking over the Las Vegas Strip in November. The biggest racing event in the world will last two days, Nov 16-18. The Las Vegas Strip will transform into Formula One‘s 3.8-mile track. And drivers will be flying past our casinos at speeds over 200 miles per hour.

The race will begin east of The Strip, near Flamingo and Paradise . It will go north on Koval Lane, wrap around the MSG Sphere and onto Sands Avenue. It will wrap around The Venetian Resort and head south on Las Vegas Blvd. A final left turn on Harmon Avenue will bring the driver back to the finish line.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix is expected to bring thousands of fans to the Las Vegas Strip.

And they’re going to need somewhere to sit! That’s where the Mirage and Hard Rock International saw an opportunity. They have plans to build grandstand seating in front of their hotel. The Strip-adjacent structure will seat up to 3000 people and offer a prime view of the race.

Tickets are being sold for the seating. First to fans who previously donated to the Las Vegas Grand Prix Foundation. They will have an opportunity to buy tickets on Wednesday, March 22. Then remaining tickets will be offered to the general public on Friday, March 24.

Hard Rock International has said that it also has plans for Formula One-themed events at The Mirage during the weekend of the race. They will be offering room and ticket packages closer to the Formula One event. Those packages will be available on the Mirage website.

– Wendy Rush

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3 Nevada Spots That Could Be Oakland A's New Home

It’s been long rumored that the Oakland A’s major league baseball team is coming to Las Vegas. But up until recently it was merely brainstorming. Fremont and San Diego were also being considered in the team’s relocation efforts. And in 2018, there was serious talk about another Oakland site for the new stadium. A $1 billion waterfront stadium at Howard Terminal. That trajectory hit hurdles with funding problems and concerns about affordable housing in the area.

And this week Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said that the A’s owner, John Fisher, has still not had luck coming to an agreement regarding housing in the Howard Terminal area.

The Oakland A‘s have called RingCentral Coliseum home since 1968. For various reasons the ballpark just isn’t viable for the team’s future. But the team has to make a move sooner rather than later. Their current lease at the Coliseum expires at the end of the MLB season in 2024. And with the hurdles happening in Oakland, it’s looking more and more like Vegas is getting a new baseball team.

Manfred has recently said that he hasn’t closed the door on the A’s staying in Oakland. But Fisher, is extremely focused on making things work in Las Vegas. Since this past December especially, it seems Fisher is laser focused on calling Sin City the team’s new home. So much so that a third site has been added as a possible stadium site.

Manfred spoke Wednesday at baseball’s Cactus League media day. He commented on where he thinks Fisher is regarding the move:

“I think Mr. Fisher wants to make the best deal to secure the future of the A’s, whether it’s in Oakland or in Las Vegas. They need a new stadium. I think that’s kind of beyond debate” (News3LV.com).

The three sites that have been considered for the new stadium would certainly change the face of Las Vegas. But which one would the locals prefer? – Wendy Rush

  • Tropicana Hotel Site

    There’s quite a bit of open land just south of the Tropicana Hotel. Around where Reno Avenue wraps around to Giles St and turns into Mandalay Bay Road.

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    Having the A’s stadium here would make three major sporting venues in one area, with Allegiant Stadium and T-Mobile Arena being just up the street.

  • Festival Grounds Site

    Just north of Circus Circus on The Strip is the Las Vegas Festival Grounds site. This is the second location considered for the new A’s stadium. While it does give the team their own playground, it keeps them far from what would be “sports central” if they landed down by the Tropicana.

    Las Vegas Festival Grounds

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  • NEW: Rio Site

    The newest site being considered for the A’s stadium is just west of the I-15 and The Strip. Near where the Rio Hotel stands, this area would also make the stadium close to the other two sporting venues. And since that walkover area near Tropicana is already being reconstructed, it might be a good time to add to the area.

    Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

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