ACCESSIBILITY AT FORMULA 1

October 21-23, 2022

Please utilize the below information to plan and prepare for an excellent Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix experience. Providing a world-class experience to all is paramount to Circuit of The Americas. We recognize the diverse needs of thousands of our guests and are here to support the experience, by providing a range of accommodations not only to provide comfortable access, but to ensure all our guests create wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

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Circuit of The Americas is an accessible, but large, venue. Guests should be prepared for long distances and anticipate using our transportation network for additional mobility support. We encourage all guests to dress for success: we suggest comfortable shoes, clothing, hat, and whatever supportive devices you may need.

For guests who find the distances challenging, we have numerous seats and picnic tables located around the circuit to take a break. They can be accessed easily by those persons using walking aids such as crutches, sticks or walkers. This event will be particularly busy, and guests may want to bring fold-up chairs or alternatives to mobility just in case. Please note: Personal chairs will not be permitted in the reserved seating areas.

If you have any questions or requests throughout your planning process that these pages cannot answer, please contact a guest service representative.

CONTACTS

For questions before the event weekend, the COTA Guest Services team overseeing ADA operations can be contacted at [email protected] or by phone at 512-301-6600, extension 0.

For assistance during the event weekend, please alert a nearby staff member, visit a Guest Services tent, or text “COTA” to 69050 followed by the message. 

TICKETING

Circuit of The Americas follows ADA guidelines regarding the sale of accessible seating. Patrons who require special seating accommodations using ramps to access ADA platform seating must request them at the time of purchase. ADA platform tickets are able to be purchased online on Ticketmaster’s website or at the COTA box offices. Pre-purchase is suggested. We have various accessible options for ticketing: ADA platform, reserved grandstand, General Admission (GA). Feel free to give a service representative a call to find the best ticketing solution at 512-301-6600, ext. 0.

Online: Request tickets by clicking on the Request Accessible Tickets button in the top-right corner of the “Search for Tickets” box.

FACILITIES

The site is spread over 1,200 acres, some of which are fields and grassed areas. There are some hard-standing and tarmac areas together with stone paths and the site can be quite difficult to maneuver. The weather can have a massive impact on ease of mobility around the site. Please take weather into consideration when deciding on what equipment to bring. 

GENERAL ADMISSION VIEWING AREAS

There are various hills and berms available for General Admission (GA) viewing for all GA guests. Most locations have access to our jumbotrons, paved paths to place wheeled devices or chairs, and/or have high levels of reverberation. We suggest checking out some of the locations below based on their qualities. 

“Big Red” Turn 1 Hill: Excellent viewing for Opening Ceremonies and Turn 1 apex. This turn has wonderful views of the full circuit. If you choose this location, get there early! It is a highly desired area for race fans. 

  • There are no paved areas at this viewing spot. 
  • While this space is loud, it does not have the same reverberation as some of the other General Admission areas; it may be ideal for those with noise sensitivity.

The “Esses”: Stellar views of the famous, snake-like “esses”. This viewing stretches from Turn 3 Pedestrian Bridge Turn 6. 

  • There is quite a bit of paved path at the top of the berm at Turns 3-4 for wheeled devices and chairs with occasional picnic tables. 
  • There are several jumbotrons and excellent reverberation from the vehicles on track! 
  • There is no shuttle stop at Gate 3, but this location is accessible via the Pedestrian Bridges from Grand Plaza or Gate 6.

Turn 11: This turn is a primo spot to watch drivers take on our hairpin turn at the opposite end of the track. Turn 11 has clear viewing of the action and jumbotron with incredible engine reverb. This area is trickier to traverse, but well worth the view. 

GRANDSTANDS

All COTA’s grandstands have various accessibility features. For reserved seating purchases, visit the Ticketing section for purchasing information.

Main Grandstand: This reserved seating grandstand has stair, ramp, and elevator access; standard-sized individual seats with backs; and wheeled device reserved spaces, tickets for which are available by requesting “Accessible Tickets”. This grandstand has a great view of the starting grid, has some shade, and excessive reverberation not to be underestimated. 

  • Directions: Take the shuttle to Main Grandstand stop and enter at Main Grandstand gates.

Turn 1 Grandstand: This reserved seating grandstand has only stair access and standard-sized individual seats. This grandstand has a great view of the entire circuit, including the starting grid, and minimal reverberation. 

  • Directions: Take the shuttle to Turn 1 stop and enter Gate 1.

Turn 4 Grandstand: This reserved grandstand has only stair access and assigned bleacher seats. This grandstand has a great view of the “esses”, minimal reverberation, and is centrally located. 

  • Directions: There is no shuttle stop at Gate 3, but this location is accessible via the Pedestrian Bridges from Grand Plaza or Gate 6.

Turn 9 Bleacher Grandstand: This reserved bleacher grandstand has stair and ramp access; assigned bleacher seats; and wheeled device reserved spaces on the ADA platform, tickets for which are available by requesting “Accessible Tickets”. This grandstand has a great view of the back side’s track action, Super Stage, direct jumbotrons, and has minimal reverberation. 

  • Directions: Take the shuttle to Gate 6 stop and enter Gate 6 for wheeled device ease. The grandstand is also accessible via Gate 11 and Lot L shuttle stop and gate.

Turn 12 Bleacher Grandstand: This reserved bleacher grandstand has stair and ramp access; assigned bleacher seats; and wheeled device reserved spaces on the ADA platform, tickets for which are available by requesting “Accessible Tickets”. This grandstand has a great view of Turns 12-15, direct jumbotrons, has minimal reverberation, and has quick access to Super Stage load-in and Grand Plaza activities. 

  • Directions: Take the shuttle to the Grand Plaza stop and enter at Grand Plaza.

Turn 15 Grandstand: This reserved seating grandstand has stair and ramp access; standard-sized individual seats with backs; and wheeled device reserved spaces on the ADA platform, tickets for which are available by requesting “Accessible Tickets”. This grandstand has a great view of Turns 12-15, direct jumbotrons, has excellent reverberation (especially nearer to the track), and has quick access to Super Stage load-in and Grand Plaza activities. 

  • Directions: Take the shuttle to the Grand Plaza stop and enter at Grand Plaza.

ELEVATORS

Circuit of the Americas has elevators and ramps throughout the facility to permit easy access throughout the venue. Elevators are located in the following locations: 

  • West end of the Main Grandstand
  • Pedestrian Bridge at Turn 3
  • Pedestrian Bridge at Turn 16 near the Support Paddock
  • Premium Hospitality Club
  • COTA Tower Observation Deck

RESTROOMS

Permanent restroom facilities with accessible restrooms are available at the following locations: 

  • Grand Plaza (Behind Grandstand 15 and in the amphitheater bowl)
  • Main Grandstand
  • Turn 1

Family restrooms are equipped with changing tables and electrical outlets. Available at the following locations:

  • Behind the Turn 15 Grandstand in the Grand Plaza
  • Main Grandstand (First and Second levels)

During events, there are also ADA-accessible port-a-potties throughout the facility. Event maps and Guest Services tents can direct you to the nearest accessible permanent or temporary restrooms. 

SERVICES

FIRST AID & MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Qualified staff and facilities are available throughout the facility for First Aid assistance. If you need First Aid assistance, visit the nearest First Aid location. For Emergency services, notify the nearest staff member, visit the nearest First Aid location, or text COTA to 69050 with your location and situation.

  • Event maps and Guest Services locations can locate nearby First Aid locations.

INTERPRETATION SERVICES

Circuit of The Americas will provide interpretation services for both Super Stage performances on House left (on the left, if you are looking at the stage). 

LOST & FOUND

Found items are collected at Guest Services locations or at hospitality concierge desks. If you have lost an item, check with one of these locations. Team members at these locations can also reach out to other Guest Services tents in a concerted effort to reunite you with your belongings. 

At the end of each day, items are consolidated and can be picked up at Grand Plaza Guest Services. After the event, please submit a claim to see if your lost item has been located.

SECURITY

All bags, purses, backpacks and persons are subject to screening by security personnel. Guests entering the venue should prepare accordingly. Guests should be aware that there are no provisions for returning banned items to them when such items are left at the venue entrances. Individuals who deliberately attempt to bring banned items through security checkpoints are subject to removal from the facility. 

This event will be particularly busy. Guests may want to bring collapsible chairs or alternatives to mobility just in case. Please note: Personal chairs will not be permitted in the grandstands.

Qualified mobility scooters are permitted on venue grounds; for information on possible charging stations or clarification of venue policy please call: 512-301-6600, ext. 0.

All security measures are subject to change without notice. Please view a comprehensive list of permitted and prohibited items here.

SERVICE ANIMALS

Documented and uniformed service animals are permitted and admitted into Circuit of The Americas. Each service animal must remain with its owner and be restrained. If any service animals interfere with other guests, corrective action may include seating rearrangements or removal of the service animal from the facility.

Service animals must have proper documentation, and COTA staff may ask for proof of documentation at any time. 

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION

Below are details to provide full venue mobility and ease for all. Qualified mobility scooters are permitted on venue grounds; for information on possible charging stations or clarification of venue policy please call: 512-301-6600, ext. 0.

PARKING

Circuit of The Americas has ADA parking available for guests with disabilities who have a state-issued disabled license plate or placard. ADA parking must be requested at the time of purchase.

To order online, request tickets by clicking on the Request Accessible Tickets button in the top-right corner of the “Search for Tickets” box.

A valid, appropriate disabled placard or license plate is required to park in a space identified as reserved for persons with disabilities. The individual, whose name is registered with the ADA parking hang-tag or license, must be in the vehicle and identification is required.

Parking is not allowed in any access aisles. Management reserves the right to take appropriate action regarding misrepresentation of parking privileges which may include ticketing and towing cars at owner’s expense, reporting of misuse of handicapped plate/tag to Texas Motor Vehicle for possible revocation of parking privileges, and/or criminal charges.

ADA CART PARKING SUPPORT

Circuit of The Americas is happy to provide additional customer assistance, free of charge, from our non-ADA placard lots. Golf carts are assigned to our larger parking lots to bring guests from far away COTA parking spaces to the nearest gate or shuttle stop. ADA carts are not permitted inside the gates and pay line, which includes the Support Paddock and Tunnel Road. Carts drop patrons off at the nearest entry gate or shuttle stop for ease of entry and to utilize our ADA accessible internal shuttle route.

Suggested shuttle stops for each lot. These suggestions are based on where ADA carts will take you.

  • Lot A: Main Grandstand
  • Lot B: Grand Plaza
  • Lot C: Grand Plaza
  • Lot D: Grand Plaza
  • Lot E: Tunnel 2 or Grand Plaza
  • Lot F: Grand Plaza
  • Lot H: Tunnel 2
  • Lot K: Tunnel 2 or Lot L
  • Lot L: Lot L
  • Lot M: Lot L
  • Lot N: Gate 6
  • Park ‘n Ride: Gate 6 (Park ‘n Ride shuttles drop off in Lot N)
  • Lot R: Grand Plaza (Lots R/S direct shuttle picks up from Lot B slip)
  • Lot S: Grand Plaza (Lots R/S direct shuttle picks up from Lot B slip)
  • Lot T: Turn 1

To request ADA cart assistance, please alert a nearby staff member or text “COTA” to 69050 followed by the message. Carts may routinely visit shuttle stop tents; however, they will only transport to their assigned, adjacent lots. 

TAXIS & OFF-SITE SHUTTLES

Taxis and rideshare partners will drop-off at Del Valle High School, approximately 3.5 miles away from the venue. Guests can enjoy a complimentary courtesy shuttle to the venue which will drop them off at the McAngus Lot, which is .75 miles from the Grand Plaza gates. The access points are connected by a paved path and accessible by walking or taking the small tram that runs uniquely between the sites. Wheeled device loading is available upon request.

INTERNAL SHUTTLE ROUTE

Circuit of The Americas has accessible shuttles and on-site transportation system. Select shuttles on each route can crawl for loading upon request. Transportation ambassadors are present at all stops to help answer questions or contact an ADA cart to take you to your parking spot.

SUPER STAGE ACCESSIBILITY

We are excited to invite all USGP guests to the Festival Lawn for Friday and Saturday musical performances at the Germania Insurance Super Stage. This is a large, grassy hill that has a clear view of the stage directly or through jumbotrons. The lawn is accessible from the crossover load-in points at the infield/ONEderland.

For deaf or hard-of-hearing guests, visit a Guest Services location or check out the map for best routes to access the venue’s house left viewing area for ASL interpretation.

For guests using wheeled devices that cannot easily traverse grass, visit a Guest Services location for best routes to access the Super Stage concerts. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is permitted on the ADA platforms?

Only guests with designated tickets will be permitted on the ADA platforms at Grandstands 9, 12, and 15 and specific general admission ADA platforms. If you do not have a ticket for the designated platform, you will be removed from the reserved area.

Where is parking for guests with ADA placards? 

There is ADA parking in all of our on-site lots. If those spaces are filled, you can request an ADA cart to our nearest accessible transportation point or gate at 512-655-6217 or by speaking to a COTA staff member. To guarantee accessible parking, call 512-301-6600, ext. 0, to purchase parking before the weekend.

I require accessibility assistance or am disabled. How do I request assistance to my entry gate? 

Speak to a nearby staff member or text the general help line by texting “COTA” to 69050 followed by your request. Let us know where you are trying to go and we will provide accessible route information from point A to point B. Shuttles on our shuttle routes are accessible, and they can transport guests to all of the main points around the circuit. Your route will likely be a combination of an ADA cart, shuttle, and walking.

Is there a designated area for pumping or breast feeding? 

COTA offers Designated Mother’s Rooms at the Grand Plaza, Main Grandstand, Turn 1 and Turn 3 near the First Aid stations. In addition, COTA has several family restrooms that are private and have electrical plug ins for pumping and privacy. Areas for breast feeding are where parent and child feel most comfortable.