Officials Discuss Preparations for Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix Race Week Event

Officials Discuss Preparations for Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix Race Week Event

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Undersheriff Andrew Walsh, Clark County Commission Chairman Jim Gibson and Las Vegas Grand Prix, Inc. Vice President of Event Operations Vanessa Anthes held a news conference today to discuss safety and security for the upcoming FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX on the Las Vegas Strip and resort corridor. Representatives from the Clark County Fire Department, Switch, and other stakeholders also participated to discuss various restrictions and plans that will be in effect during race week.

“We are looking forward to hosting this very unique motorsports event and want to thank County staff, Metro and all the government agencies that have worked for many months in partnership with the Las Vegas Grand Prix,” said Commissioner Gibson. “There is no better place in the world to showcase sports and entertainment events because of our talented and dedicated workforce. This event has been a big lift, and we also want to thank our residents and visitors for their patience as we have all been impacted by the significant roadwork and construction activity that has been under way to make it happen.”

“Las Vegas Grand Prix is laser focused on ensuring the safety of our inaugural event for our attendees and the entire Las Vegas community,” said Anthes. “As part of this commitment, we have developed a coordinated safety effort with the teams at Metro, Clark County, and many other important partners to ensure that the highest safety standards are met in and around the circuit.”

Like New Year’s Eve and other special events, the public is advised that during scheduled race events starting on Nov. 16 until roads reopen, bottles, oversized purses and bags (more than 12 inches by 6) strollers, backpacks, coolers, briefcases and luggage are prohibited in public areas along the Strip and resort areas per local ordinance. Additional items are prohibited in the event race zones by event organizers including flags, banners, signs or promotional materials, noisemakers and horns, professional photo or sound equipment, chairs and stools, and animals other than service animals. No bags larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches will be allowed in race zones.

“The preparation for this epic event is unlike something we have ever seen before, and an unprecedented level of planning has taken place,” said Undersheriff Walsh.

Throughout race week, Switch will host the command center for first responders and other agencies to monitor traffic and race events and share information with the public and media. Commuters are encouraged to opt-in to a free SMS service by texting “F1LV” to 31996 to receive traffic notifications and related updates.  Other important resources include:

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