Formula 1 FAQs

October 21-23, 2022

Get your questions answered, and prepare for an unforgettable weekend. Here's everything you need to know about the U.S. Grand Prix from A-Z.

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Accessible Parking and Transportation

Accessible parking spots are located in Lots A, C, D, and H and are reserved for those with a valid parking placard. These spots will be available on a first-come, first served basis.

Guests will need to purchase a parking pass for these dedicated lots and bring their valid parking placard in order to access the accessible spots.
Accessible shuttles will be running from all lots and can be requested by texting COTA to 69050.

ADA Accessible Golf Carts are also available for guests who require assistance on-site. These can be requested at a Guest Services location.

For further assistance, please contact COTA at (512) 301-6600.

Accessible Seating

The Circuit offers accessible seating in grandstands at Main Grandstand, Turn 9, Turn 12, and Turn 15.

Guests must have the appropriate ticket and companion ticket(s) to access these seats. ADA tickets can be purchased on our website or by calling (512) 655-6300 prior to race weekend.

If you are not able to access your ticket location once on-site, please contact COTA at (512) 301-6600 or visit one of the box office locations (Grand Plaza or Main Grandstand).

ADA and Accessible Services

Circuit of The Americas is committed to providing a world-class experience for all guests during their time at The Circuit. COTA is equipped with accessible parking, ADA-compliant access ramps and shuttles and mobility assistance wheelchair rentals. We are excited to debut new services enacted by our ADA Task Force, such as our sensory rooms in Grand Plaza.

Accessible services such as wheelchair rentals and sensory room access can be requested by visiting a Guest Services location. More information on ADA Accessibility can be found at https://circuitoftheamericas.com/ada-accessibility.

Alcohol

The following alcohol related policies are meant to help promote safe and responsible alcohol consumption at Circuit of The Americas:

  • Valid I.D. is required for purchase. A guest that appears to be 30 years of age or younger must produce a valid form of acceptable identification.
  • Acceptable forms of United States identification for alcoholic beverage purchases are: Driver’s License, Passport, State Issued I.D. Card w/ Photo, and Military I.D. w/ Photo.
  • Government Warning: According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects.
  • All guests must be 21 years of age to purchase an alcoholic beverage. There is a 2 alcoholic beverage limit per person, per identification.
  • Alcohol Sales will be cut off approximately 30 minutes prior to the end of the event.
  • This is subject to change at the discretion of management.
Animals

Animals and pets are not permitted at Circuit of The Americas unless they are service animals or service animals in training.

Emotional support animals, therapy animals, or companion animals are not permitted.

Circuit of The Americas does not condone animals being left in vehicles or unattended while on-property. Any animals left unattended may be picked up by animal control.

App

Get the most out of your Formula 1 United States Grand Prix experience with the COTA App. This is a great tool for guests to access the race schedule, a GPS map of the property, entertainment locations, chances to win prizes, and more!

Download the COTA App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

ATM

There will not be ATMs available on-site as COTA is a cashless venue.

Automobile Assistance

COTA provides complimentary jump-start assistance service to guests who are experiencing automobile trouble before, during and up to one hour after any event. Please contact our Security Department at 512.655.6220 for assistance.

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Bag Check

Circuit of The Americas offers numerous locations, including Main Grandstand, Grand Plaza, Turn 3, and Turn 6.. There will be a non-refundable charge per bag and payment is cashless. Bag check opens at the same time as gates and closes 30 minutes after gates close.

Bags that are not picked up prior to bag check closing will be taken to Lost and Found.

Bag Policy
  • Bags must be no larger than 12x12x20 inches.
  • Bags are subject to screening by security personnel. COTA uses the revolutionary CEIA OpenGate™ Detection Systems for screenings, allowing items to be kept in bags and cutting down wait times during the entry process.
  • Exceptions can be made for necessary medical items after proper inspection at entry.
  • Prohibited items include but are not limited to: coolers, briefcases, luggage of any kind, computer bags, or any bag larger than the permissible size. These such items can be checked at the Bag Check locations.
  • Camelback backpacks are permitted but must be empty upon entry.
Banners

See SIGNS.

Bottles/Cans

Bottles, cans, and hard-sided beverage containers of any kind (aside from the permitted (1) 20oz factory sealed water bottles per guest) are prohibited from being brought into Circuit of The Americas.

Box Office

There are two main box offices at Circuit of The Americas – one at the Main Grandstand and one at the Grand Plaza entry gates. Starting October 17th, the COTA Box Office will be open for guests to visit, purchase tickets, and pick-up Will Call tickets.

  • Monday – Thursday 10:00AM – 5:00PM (Grand Plaza only)
  • Friday – Sunday 8:00AM – 5:00PM (Grand Plaza and Main Grandstand)

For ticketing assistance prior to October 17th, please contact Ticketing at (512) 655-6300.

C

Cameras

Personal camera equipment (e.q. digital cameras, detachable lenses, point-and-click digital or film cameras) are permitted at The Circuit. Tripods, bipods, monopods, and telephoto lenses will not be permitted within gates.

Camping/Overnight Parking

Camping is permitted only in the designated lots with appropriate passes. Tailgating is permitted within the lots during events, but tailgating events must not take up more than one parking space.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are permitted as long as they do not interfere with other guests’ experience during the event.

Children

Children aged 3 and under are given a free general admission ticket when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Children 4 years of age and older will require a ticket regardless of general admission or reserved seating.

Code of Conduct

Circuit of The Americas strives to ensure that all guests have a world-class experience during race weekend. Management reserves the right, in its sole discretion and without refund of any portion of the ticket price, to refuse admission to or eject any person(s) whose conduct is deemed inappropriate or detrimental to the enjoyment or safety of others.

The following actions are violations of the Guest Code of Conduct:

  • Fighting, taunting, instigating or encouraging any action that may harm, ednager, threaten, or bring discomfort to anyone
  • Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures concerning a person’s race, ethnicity, color, gender religion, creed, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or national origin
  • Any action that causes a disruption, creates an unsafe environment or interferes with the race including throwing or dropping any object on the track
  • Actions that impair others’ ability to enjoy the event, including mistreatment of other guests, verbal abuse, harassment, profanity, confrontation, intimidation, or threatening and irresponsible behavior
  • Unreasonably obstructing the view of other guests
  • Failure to follow the directions of staff and/or law enforcement, including refusal to produce proof of ticket or refusal to submit to security screening inclusive of physical searches prior to entering
  • Sitting in a location other than your ticketed seat, any unauthorized use of ADA seating areas, lingering in aisles, stairways or unauthorized areas of the stadium
  • Possession or consumption of illegal or prohibited drugs or substances
  • Intoxication or other signs of alcohol impairment or substance abuse that results in irresponsible behavior
  • Smoking within indoor spaces, including the use of vaporizers and e-cigarettes
  • Possession of any item listed on the Circuit of The Americas prohibited items list
  • Clothing that is deemed offensive, obscene, or inappropriate by staff
  • Damage, destruction, vandalism, or theft of any property
  • Any action that violates local, state, federal, or Circuit of The Americas policy

Guests are encouraged to report any violation of this Code of Conduct to security staff, police officers, or any member of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix staff.

Concerts

All ticketed guests have access to the Super Stage Concerts on Friday and Saturday. Super Stage ticket upgrades are available by contacting Ticketing at (512) 655-6300 or visiting a Box Office during race weekend.

Concessions

A variety of food and beverage options are available throughout Circuit of The Americas. Paired with several of our proprietary concepts, we partner with national brands as well as several local food trucks to provide a diverse selection. Our options range from traditional core concession items, to pizza, BBQ, Tex-Mex, Turkish wraps, Thai, vegan/vegetarian options and many more concepts. We encourage guests to use the COTA App to find the nearest food and beverage sales points.

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Drone/UAV Policy

The use of any unmanned aircraft systems, radio-controlled model aircraft, and other devices that can be operated in airspace (i.e., drones) on Circuit of The Americas property, including parking lots, is strictly prohibited. Violators will be subject to criminal and civil penalties.

Drop-Off

Vehicles without a valid event parking pass are not permitted on COTA Blvd or within COTA parking lots. For drop-offs and pick-ups, please use the Rideshare location at McAngus Road.

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Emergencies

In case of an emergency, please notify the nearest COTA staff member or visit a Guest Services location. In the event of a serious emergency, please follow the instructions of event staff, event security, and law enforcement officers. Important information will be broadcast on the PA systems and video boards.

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Facility Maintenance

Maintenance or facility issues can be reported to the Guest Services team.

Firearms

Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to guns, ammunition, knives, pepper spray, handcuffs and nightsticks are strictly prohibited.

Fireworks

Circuit of The Americas may use fireworks and other pyrotechnics throughout race weekend as part of displays and ceremonies. Guests are not permitted to bring or use fireworks, explosives, or other incendiary devices while on COTA property.

First Aid/Medical

Seton Ascension First Aid locations will be available within our venue during all events. Permanent First Aid stations are located in the Grand Plaza and in the Paddock at the Medical Center. Please reference the COTA App map for additional first aid locations, or visit a Guest Services Tent while at the venue for further information.

Food and Beverage

See CONCESSIONS.

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Gate Times

Gate times will be announced closer to race weekend.

Gates/Entry

Entry gates are located at Main Grandstand, Grand Plaza, Turn 1, Turn 3, Turn 6, Turn 11, and Premium RV.

Premium lanes are located in the Main Grandstand and at Premium RV. Guests with any premium laminate or PSL ticket may enter at these gates.

COTA Security and COTA Management, in their sole discretion, may refuse admission to or eject any ticket holder who fails to comply with the Code of Conduct (see CODE OF CONDUCT). By using any admission ticket and entering Circuit of The Americas, the ticket holder expressly agrees to the terms and conditions outlined upon purchase of their ticket.

General Admission Areas

All ticket holders are able to access the general admission areas across property. Guests with a GA ticket can catch the on-track action from one of our many grassy viewing areas across the property. These areas are noted on the COTA App. General Admission race tickets also grant access to the General Admission areas for the Super Stage shows.

Guest Services

COTA has multiple Guest Services locations on-site to assist ticketholders with customer service, lost and found items, lost child/person reports, accessibility, and any other needs that may arise during the race weekend. Guest Services tents are located at Main Grandstand, Grand Plaza, Turn 1, and Turn 3.

If you have any inquiries prior to the event, please contact us at 512.301.6600 during our regular business hours, M-F from 8:30AM – 5:30PM.

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Inclement Weather

Circuit of The Americas keeps a close eye on the weather during our events. If lightning is detected near property, announcements will be made on the PA systems with information on where to seek shelter. The FIA and Race Control will make decisions on the status of on-track activity if conditions are no longer safe for racing.

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Lockers

See BAG CHECK.

Lost and Found

Found items should be turned into the Guest Services locations. Unclaimed items will be turned into our Security Team at the end of each day. There are QR codes at all Guest Services locations that will allow guests to file a report with our online system for lost items.

If an item is lost during race weekend, please submit a claim by clicking here.

Items recovered will be held for 14 days, with unclaimed items donated to charity.

Circuit of The Americas is not responsible for lost items on-site.

Lost Children/Persons

Lost children should be reported to the nearest COTA team member or our Guest Services staff. Team members will be able to file a report with our emergency teams and support will be dispatched immediately.

Lost or Damaged Tickets

If possible, please notify the Box Office that your ticket(s) were damaged, lost, stolen or misplaced prior to your arrival. Damaged tickets must be exchanged before new tickets will be reprinted. Please visit the Grand Plaza or Main Grandstand Box Offices with your photo ID and confirmation number to retrieve your reprinted tickets. Please also note that tickets can only be printed for the original ticket purchaser, no exceptions. Please get your tickets reprinted in advance to minimize any wait for yourself or other guests on event day.

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Maps

Maps of Circuit of The Americas can be found on our website or on our COTA App. A detailed map for the USGP will be released closer to race weekend!

Merchandise

There are several merchandise locations across the property. Official F1 merchandise is located in Grand Plaza and Main Grandstand. COTA merchandise can be found in our COTA Karting store at Main Grandstand and in Grand Plaza.

Mobile App

See APP.

Mobile Ticketing

Please visit https://circuitoftheamericas.com/mobile-tickets for information on accessing mobile tickets.

Mobility Assistance

Wheelchair rentals are available for guests who require assistance moving across COTA. A photo ID and a refundable deposit are required to rent wheelchairs. Rentals can be picked up at the Guest Services locations in Grand Plaza and Main Grandstand.

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Nursing Mods

Circuit of The Americas offers private, air-conditioned nursing mods in Main Grandstand and Grand Plaza for mothers who are nursing or using a pump. Please visit the Guest Services tents in each of these locations for access to these rooms.

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Off-Site Shuttles

Keep an eye on our website for information on purchasing off-site shuttle passes – launching soon!

On-Site Shuttles/Trams

There are trams on-site to assist guests with moving from one location to another. Tram stop locations will be posted on the COTA App. Each stop will have a SHUTTLE flag as well as a COTA Representative to help guests find the correct transportation route.

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Parking

For parking information, please visit https://circuitoftheamericas.com/f1/tickets/parking.

Permitted Items

The following items are permitted within the gates at The Circuit:

  • Baby Strollers
  • Binoculars
  • Blankets
  • Camelbacks (must be empty)
  • One 20oz factory sealed water bottle per guest
  • Personal camera equipment (e.q. digital cameras, detachable lenses, point-and-click digital or film cameras)
  • Note that tripods, bipods, and monopods will not be permitted.
  • Portable, collapsible chairs
  • Sunscreen (plastic bottle only, no aerosol cans)
  • Umbrellas (small, hand-held style)
Prohibited Items

For the safety of all guests, all patrons are subject to search prior to entry. Guests are prohibited from bringing the following items within the gates at The Circuit:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals or pets (exception for service animals)
  • Bags larger than 12x12x20 inches
  • Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, skates, Segways, golf arts, or other unauthorized means of transportation
  • Coolers, thermoses, or ice chests
  • Drones
  • Food and beverages
  • Fireworks, explosives, or other incendiary devices
  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Illegal substances
  • Items that may be deemed a safety hazard or annoyance to participants or guests (i.e. balls, Frisbees, balloons, projectiles, horns, radios, bells, whistles, musical instruments, laser pointers, etc.)
  • Non-collapsible chairs
  • Tents or canopies
  • Unauthorized promotional or commercial material
  • Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to guns, knives, pepper spray, handcuffs, and nightsticks

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Re-Entry Policy

Re-entry is permitted during motorsport events. We ask that guests who leave the venue and plan on coming back scan their tickets at the gates prior to exiting. Guests will be subject to another screening by security personnel upon re-entering.

Restrooms

There are brick-and-mortar restrooms as well as restroom banks located across property. All of these restrooms are ADA accessible.

Rideshare Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Rideshare pick-up and drop-offs will be directed to our McAngus Road entrance. There are shuttles available to bring guests to and from the rideshare lot.

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Scalping

Scalping is strictly prohibited on Circuit of The Americas property and may result in loss of ticket privileges and/or prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

Season Tickets

If you are interested in becoming a Personal Seat License holder at motorsport events, or a concert season ticket holder, please contact our Sales Department at 512.655.6600 for more information.

Security Procedures

All bags, purses, backpacks and persons are subject to screening by security personnel. Fans entering the venue should prepare accordingly. Ticket holders should be aware that there are no provisions for returning banned items to them when such items are left at the venue entrances. Patrons are encouraged to leave all banned items at home or in their vehicles before entering the venue. Individuals who deliberately attempt to bring banned items through security checkpoints are subject to removal from the facility.

Sensory Room

For guests with sensory processing needs, Circuit of The Americas has a sensory room located in the Grand Plaza and sensory kits. Both of these resources can be accessed by visiting one of our Guest Services locations.

Children/dependents must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.

Service Animals

See ANIMALS.

Signs

Circuit of The Americas welcomes small signs, banners, and posters at races as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Must relate to the event
  • May not be attached to a stick or pole
  • May not be larger than 11” x 17” when open
  • May not obstruct any sponsor or advertiser signage
  • May not be hung, attached, or displayed on any part of the venue
  • May not contain or display obscene/offensive language and/or pictures, as determined by COTA Management
  • May not be constructed or displayed in a manner that may obstruct the view of other guests, or in any way create a safety hazard for others as determined by COTA Management.

Guests may not distribute pamphlets, advertisements, brochures, or other promotional materials while inside the venue without prior approval from COTA Management.

Smoking

Smoking and the use of electronic smoking devices is strictly prohibited in all indoor or covered facilities, restrooms, and grandstand seating areas.

Smoking and vaping will only be allowed in authorized areas that are 15 feet from an entrance or openable window of an enclosed area.

Strollers

See PERMITTED ITEMS.

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Ticketing

Ticketing representatives are available to answer questions or solve ticketing issues at (512) 301-6600.

During race weekend, please visit one of our Box Office locations (see BOX OFFICE).

Ticket Refund/Exchange Policy

All ticket sales are final. Unfortunately, Circuit of The Americas does not offer refunds. Official ticket policies can be found at https://circuitoftheamericas.com/ticket-policies

Transportation

See PARKING, RIDESHARE PICK-UP/DROP-OFF, or OFF-SITE SHUTTLES.

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Video Recording

Video cameras or any type of professional recording devices will not be permitted inside the gates at COTA during major entertainment events.

VIP & Hospitality Packages

If you are interested in purchasing a VIP and/or Hospitality Package, please contact our Sales Department at 512.655.6300.

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Water Stations

Hydration stations will be available around the venue at the following locations:

  • Turn 1 (near restrooms)
  • Turn 4/5 (near entrance gate)
  • Main Grandstand
  • Grand Plaza (near restrooms)
Will Call

Will call will be open at the Box Office one hour prior to the race event start time. Will call tickets can be retrieved from either the Grand Plaza Box Office or the Main Grandstand Box Office.

* Policies and information listed in the above guide is subject to change without notice.