It’s a wrap on an exciting Formula 1 weekend where we saw mishaps, speeding cars up to 200mph, and afterparties take over the Las Vegas strip. Now locals are wondering, what’s going to happen now that the big event is over?
Locals weren’t happy about the big race to begin with, with workers complaining of huge traffic delays and locals complaining about the fact that huge landmarks were disturbed by temporary grandstands.
But now that the race has ended as of Saturday night and the afterparties have completely died down now that it’s the following week, we’re left wondering, what’s next?
Well, construction workers have been working tirelessly since Sunday morning to try and get things to resemble a bit of normalcy for Thanksgiving. According to Las Vegas Review Journal, they spoke with Jennifer Cooper, Clark County’s chief communications and strategy officer on the situation. She said that it will take some time and several weeks to return things back to normal.
Other outlets are reporting that the LVCVA has reported up to 8 weeks, and other outlets are reporting that there are plans to have the Bellagio and many other Vegas landmarks restored by, if not Christmas then at least New Year’s Eve.
It’s a bit frustrating to know that what went up so quickly will not be taken down just as fast, and unfortunately, the offensive barriers will still be around the Strip for the next few weeks.
Don’t forget that the Las Vegas Grand Prix is scheduled for next November, meaning that this construction project will start again. Ticket deposits have apparenly already been made available if you missed this year’s festivities.
While many locals and tourists deemed the Formula 1 weekend in Las Vegas to be nothing short of messy, the city won big on its $500 million dollar gamble. The Saturday night race was an entertaining spectacle not to be missed and Belgian-dutch Max Verstappen cleaned up as the winner, singing “Viva Las Vegas!” in his moment of victory. In the aftermath, we’ll also see a permanent F1 attraction at the end of the strip that wasn’t there previously.
With all the highs and lows, what did you think of the race, and how excited are you that things will soon be back to normal just in time for the holidays?