Beach Grandstand Miami F1 View & Seat Guide: North & South

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Miami Grand Prix beach grandstands

The Beach grandstand Miami F1 seating area is actually two separate grandstands, South and North Beach, both located in slightly different positions on the Grand Prix circuit. These grandstands have views of Turn 11, 12 and 13 on the Miami International Autodrome.

This article provides a complete guide to spectating from the Beach grandstands at Miami, including images and videos of the view, seating charts, and some hints and tips when choosing your seat.

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Beach grandstand Miami F1

There are two separate Beach grandstands at the Miami F1 circuit. These are the South Beach and North Beach grandstands.

Both offer reserved seating in partially covered grandstands with bleacher style bench seats.

There is also a general admission viewing area around the Beach. See our guide to the Miami F1 campus pass for more info on general spectating areas here.

Where are the Miami F1 Beach grandstands?

The Miami Grand Prix Beach grandstands are located around turns 11, 12 and 13 of the Miami International Autodrome.

Tickets

Grandstand tickets can be purchased through the official Miami GP website.

Usually their booking process takes you through a 3D Virtual Venue which allows you to pick specific seats in each grandstand. At the time of publishing this, that wasn’t available. But here are the links to get in via the ‘back door’:

Alternatively schedule a call with one of their (very helpful) booking agents and they can find you specific seats.

Miami F1 Beach grandstand seating chart

Below is a seating chart for the North and South Miami Grand Prix Beach grandstands. The North Beach grandstand is split in to 16 different seating sections and the South Beach grandstand is split in to 8 different sections.

North Beach grandstand Miami F1

Grandstand details

The North Beach grandstand has 16 different seating sections. Each section has 30 rows, with row 1 being lowest down at the front and row 30 being highest up at the back.

The Miami F1 North Beach grandstand is partially covered. Roughly the top 5 rows are directly under cover. The rows below that aren’t covered and will be exposed to the elements all day.

All the seats are bleacher style bench seating without cupholder. There are no back rests, except the top row (row 30) which has a fence behind it you could lean on.

View for the Miami Grand Prix

In sections N1 to N8 you have a view of the apex of Turn 11. If you sit on the extreme right hand side in section N1 your view of the cars as they enter Turn 11 will be slightly restricted by the hospitality buildings directly adjacent to the stand.

From sections N9 and above you can’t see Turn 11 as the Beach Club cabanas and hospitality across the track block your view.

Sections N9 and above just have a view of the second half of Turn 12 and the run in to Turn 13. If you sit on the extreme left hand side of the stand in section N16 you can also look to your left and see the cars as they head to Turn 14.

The video below was filmed from the North Beach grandstand, section N6 row 2.

This video was filmed from further around the grandstand, somewhere around sections N13 or N14.

Giant TVs

The Hard Rock Beach Club building has three huge TVs attached to it, each of which is visible from different parts of the North Beach grandstand. These are big and close, so are pretty easy to see from all parts of the stand. They can be seen in the videos above and on the map below.

Is North Beach grandstand a good place to sit?

I would personally only sit in the North Beach grandstand for the Miami F1 if I could get seats in sections N5, N6 or N7. From these areas you have good views of Turn 11 where you’re likely to see the most action, and you can also see the cars as they head around the second part of Turn 12.

Sitting in the higher sections, N9 and upwards, means you can only really see Turn 12 and 13 which normally has very little overtaking as the cars often run in single file around this section. But sit in the highest rows and you can just about catch a glimpse of Turn 11 too, like in the Reddit image below.

The grandstand is surrounded by food and drinks vendors who are part of The Beach area on the inside of the circuit, plus the East Campus is only a short walk away.

South Beach grandstand Miami F1

Grandstand details

The South Beach grandstand has 8 different seating sections. Each section has 35 rows, with row 1 being the lowest down at the front and row 35 being the highest up at the back.

The Miami F1 South Beach Grandstand is partially covered. Roughly the top 10 rows are directly under cover and likely to be in shade. The rest are uncovered and likely to exposed to the elements all day.

All seats in the South Beach grandstand are bleacher style bench seating, with no cupholders or seat backs. Again the only ones with a seat back are those in the top row, row 35, where the fencing at the back of the stand can be used as a back rest.

View for the Miami Grand Prix

From pretty much every section of the South Beach grandstand your view is predominantly of Turn 11 and the start of Turn 12. You will lose sight of the cars as they disappear behind the Hard Rock Beach Club area, so you can’t see anything more than the entry to 12.

If you are sat towards the right hand end of the stand (sections M1, M2 and M3) you can also sneak a glimpse of the cars as they exit Turn 13 and head to Turn 14.

If you sit in anything lower than row 20 you’ll be looking through the catch fencing as the cars enter Turn 11.

The video below shows the view from the South Beach grandstand. This is filmed from section M5, somewhere around row 30.

This video was filmed from the South Beach section M2, somewhere around rows 20 to 25.

Giant TVs

There are two giant TV screens visible from the South Beach grandstand, shown on the map below.

One is on the other side of the circuit to the left of the stand. The further left in the stand you sit (higher section numbers) the closer and easier this is to see. From the right hand side of the stand (sections M1, M2 and M3) this becomes pretty hard to see. 

The second giant TV is on the Hard Rock Beach Club structure to the right of the stand, on the inside of Turn 12. It’s a larger screen that’s visible from all sections of the stand. 

However, if you sit in the highest couple of rows of the South Beach grandstand then you probably won’t be able to see it as the roof over the stand will just block your view. See the first video above for an example of this.

Is South Beach grandstand a good place to sit?

The South Beach grandstand has the best views of either of the two Beach grandstands of the cars as they enter Turn 11. 

Being at the end of a long straight and a one of the Miami GP DRS zones where the cars reach over 205mph / 330kph, the entry to Turn 11 is one of the best overtaking spots on the circuit after the cars have reached their highest speed on the whole Miami Grand Prix layout.

Last year there were a number of passing moves here, so sitting in the South Beach grandstand means you’re definitely going to see some close action.

The Beach area is just a few paces to the right of the stand and has a huge variety of food and drink vendors and concessions. Plus there’s a pedestrian bridge directly to the left of the stand, so you have fairly easy access to the East Campus on the inside of the circuit where there’s more food, drink and entertainment options only a short walk away.

Other Miami F1 grandstands

Click the links below to read our viewing and seat guides for all of the other grandstands at the Miami GP:

Nearest entrance and parking

The nearest spectator entrance gate to the Beach grandstands is gate 14B which is directly behind the North Beach grandstand.

See our article on Miami F1 parking for more info on the nearest parking lots to this entrance gate.

Be careful when booking your seats

Booking your grandstand tickets through the official Miami GP website will give you access to the Virtual Viewer. This 3D model of the circuit is supposed to show you what you can see from the seats you’ve selected.

However, it’s not actually a fully accurate representation. As an example let’s select these two seats in the back row, row 35, of section M4 of the South Beach grandstand.

I would expect to now have a first-person view from the back row. Instead I have a view from the right section, but from somewhere around row 25. Looking behind me in the viewer I can see there’s another 10 or so rows of seats above me when I should be in the back row.

Bear this in mind when booking your tickets. It seems there’s only one first-person view per section and it’s not done on a specific seat or row basis.

Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport travel guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

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