The first ever Las Vegas Grand Prix is set to take place in just three weeks, but preparations for the event have hit a stumbling block. Crews working on the Strip have been met with resistance as someone has been vandalizing the construction efforts, much to the dismay of Formula 1 (F1) and Clark County officials.
The issue stems from the erection of opaque grey privacy screens on pedestrian bridges that offer prime vantage points of the area where the race will take place. The screens, similar to those used to wrap vehicles, were put in place to prevent large crowds from obstructing pedestrian traffic on the bridges during the race. However, tourists and locals have taken issue with the screens, arguing that they obstruct their view of the MSG Sphere, a popular attraction in the area.
Social media users have expressed their frustration with the screens, with some claiming that the installation is simply a way to keep less wealthy individuals from viewing the race from the bridges. Additionally, there have been reports of Formula 1 charging exorbitant fees to restaurants and nightclubs for views of the racetrack, further fueling the controversy.
In response to the removal of the privacy screens, F1 and Clark County officials are evaluating their security measures and considering additional precautions to ensure the safety of the event. This includes plans to install enclosures on the pedestrian bridges to prevent objects from being thrown onto the track during the race.
Despite the setbacks and tensions surrounding the event, the inaugural Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 18th at 10 p.m. As the race draws near, it remains to be seen how the ongoing disputes will impact the overall atmosphere of the event.