Economic Impact

Circuit of The Americas is a world-class motorsports and entertainment venue in Texas, located nine miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and less than 15 miles from downtown Austin.

Circuit of The Americas is more than a track – it is designed to be the only purpose-built facility to host the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ and the only FIA-certified Grade 1 track in the United States. COTA’s 1,500-acre campus includes a variety of permanent structures, including a 44,000-square foot Event Center, an impressive Main Grandstand with hospitality suites and the Velocity Lounge, a 270,000-square foot Paddock Building with 34 garages, and an iconic 25-story Observation Tower at the heart of the facility.

COTA was nominated as the 2014 “Sports Facility of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.  The same publication named COTA’s annual marquee event, the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, “Sports Event of the Year” for 2013.  More than one million visitors come to COTA each year for a variety of world-class events such as the summer edition of ESPN’s X Games, MotoGP™, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship, business and social functions, and more than 20 performances at the venue’s acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater, winner of Pollstar’s “Best New Major Concert Venue” award for 2013.  

COTA serves as a leader in sustainability as it relates to major event venues and motorsports, through high-performance operations, design, research, education and partnerships. COTA-hosted events are projected to generate an annual economic impact of $400 million to $500 million, equating to $4 billion to $5 billion over 10 years for Texas. The COTA-hosted FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ attracts as many as 300,000 people each Grand Prix weekend, with an estimated 80 percent of attendees coming from outside Texas.