Formula 1 owner Liberty Media has apologized to the city of Las Vegas for the disruption caused by the Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend.
Although the sport is returning to the city after more than 40 years, some residents are frustrated by the impact of the event, particularly along famed Las Vegas Boulevard. Access to the Strip and hotels is expected to be limited at times during the week.
Work has been going on for nine months to prepare the track for racing. The roads were being resurfaced and the construction of the pit and paddock areas caused disruption.
“I want to apologize to all Las Vegas residents and we appreciate your forbearance and willingness to tolerate us,” said Liberty CEO Greg Maffei.
However, Maffei also highlighted the positive aspects of bringing Formula 1 to the city for the first time since 1982.
“We will bring about $1.7 billion in revenue to the region. So it doesn’t just benefit the fans who want to see it. We hope this is a great economic benefit for Las Vegas. We hope this is the hardest year with all the construction that has taken place and things will be easier in the future.
The race starts on Thursday.