General Admission tickets are the cheapest way to access the Las Vegas F1 circuit as a spectator.
I was in the General Admission area at the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix and this is a review of the facilities and the track views from the standing room only areas.
Plus I list some tips and must-bring items for those of you who are lucky enough to be attending the F1 in Vegas.
Las Vegas Grand Prix - General Admission Zone
The Las Vegas Grand Prix track is split in to a number of different spectator zones.
General Admission tickets provide access to one zone only, called the T-Mobile Zone at Sphere.
This zone goes from Turn 5 to Turn 9 and includes access around the incredible Sphere.
With a General Admission ticket your access is limited to this zone only. You cannot walk around the rest of the circuit or enter any of the other zones.
F1 Las Vegas grandstands
Officially, with General Admission tickets, you can’t access any of the grandstands within the T-Mobile Zone at Sphere. Unofficially however, what I found was that your tickets are only checked when you enter the Zone. Once inside the Zone your tickets aren’t then checked when you enter a grandstand, so anyone could walk in any stand.
To secure a reserved grandstand seat you’ll need to pay considerably more. See my full guide to the Las Vegas F1 grandstands for info on where to sit and what the different views are like from each stand.
Or check out my full guide to the Las Vegas F1 tickets for all the different options.
Las Vegas F1 General Admission viewing
General Admission tickets for the Vegas F1 race are sold as ‘standing room only’.
This means there’s no trackside seating area provided for GA ticket holders and also that you won’t be allowed bring your own folding chairs or stools.
The official map shows one Standing Room Only area on the inside of Turn 6.
However in reality there’s actually three raised platforms on the inside of Turn 6, plus a ground-level standing area in front of granstand SG8 that runs from Turn 5 to Turn 6, as below:
Here’s the views from each of these different areas:
The views from these different spots aren’t particularly great. Even on the back row of the platforms it’s not very easy to see over the barriers. And when you do the cars only appear for a brief moment.
The middle platform is the worst view as the view to the right is blocked by the foot bridge directly adjacent to it.
What else does General Admission include?
Vegas F1 General Admission tickets include access to around the outside T-Mobile Sphere, where there is a huge temporary stage set up for a number of musical performances and artists across the weekend. You don’t get any access inside the Sphere itself.
See the Vegas F1 concert lineup for full details on who’s performing on which days during the weekend.
Additionally you get complimentary food and drink included with the GA ticket (I should hope so too with those ticket prices).
There’s also a Fan Zone within the T-Mobile Zone at Sphere. Like most of the other F1 races this includes things like racing simulators and a few merchandise vendors. The queues for the merch vendors were always long.
When the track is live the screens on the main stage show coverage of the action, so if you’re not viewing the track you can always see what’s going on.
Las Vegas GP General Admission Tickets
General Admission tickets for the Vegas F1 race can be purchased as either 3-day or single-day tickets.
Only a very limited number of the 3-day tickets are usually available and these sell out incredibly quickly. Their official price is $500 for 3 days when purchased through the official Las Vegas GP website.
Single-day tickets are cheaper but these also sell out quickly.
Once they’re sold out through the official site you have to turn to some of the resellers like StubHub or Viagogo. Unfortunately the prices for resold GA tickets have been inflated massively, and you’re unlikely to find a 3-day ticket for less than $1000.
Las Vegas F1 General Admission tips
The official Las Vegas GP FAQs provide some information on attending the event. Below I’ve highlighted a few of the most important points.
What to wear
The Vegas Grand Prix is a night race held in November. Some of the F1 sessions run through the middle of the night, see the full Vegas F1 schedule for details.
Vegas at night in November is bitterly cold. Make sure you wear warm enough clothing. See our full Vegas Grand Prix dress code guide for some ideas and suggestions.
What time to arrive
The Fan Zones open at 6pm on every day of the Vegas F1 weekend, so the entrance gates will open at the same time.
The official bag policy is as follows, and they’re very strict on this:
- Clear plastic bags that don’t exceed 12” x 6” x 12” are ok
- Small bags or fanny packs that don’t exceed 4.5” x 6.5” are ok
- Diaper bags are permitted and subject to search
Items you’re not allowed to bring with you are:
- Animals (except service animals)
- Chairs or stools (collapsible or non-collapsible)
- Non-clear Bags
- Professional film, audio or photo equipment
- Flags, signs, banners or promotional materials
- Noisemakers, bells, whistles, airhorns, megaphones, vuvuzelas (are they still a thing!?)
Most F1 circuits state that you’re not allowed to bring in ‘professional film or photo equipment’ but usually everything from your camera phone to GoPros and SLRs is fine.
You cannot bring in chairs or stools, so the Standing Room Only area in the General Admission zone is just that – standing only.
Food & drink
As mentioned above, food and drink is complimentary with General Admission or Grandstand tickets to the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Below are some of the culinary delights on offer at the event.
The queues to get the food inbetween F1 sessions were pretty long, so if you can time it to when everyone else is in their seats then do that.
Alcohol isn’t complimentary. The only drinks that are free are water and soft drinks. The image below show the prices of everything else.
What to bring to the Las Vegas Grand Prix
Here’s my list of things to consider bringing to the Las Vegas Grand Prix:
- Tickets – digital copies easily available (already downloaded) on your phone
- Money – cards, contactless payment
- Small bag – fanny pack size for the essentials
- Warm clothes – it gets COLD at night at this time of year
- A small foldable waterproof poncho might be worthwhile in case it rains (it can do surprisingly often in Vegas in November).
- Windproof clothes
- Fully charged phone
- Pay for F1 TV Pro for one month and download the app for the weekend so you can watch or listen to live coverage / commentary and keep up with the action more easily.
- In-ear headphones to connect to your phone
- A set of noise cancelling over-ear headphones to go over the in-ear headphones from your phone. They help cancel out the noise of the passing F1 cars so you can hear the commentary more easily.
- Battery bank / power pack
- Spare camera batteries
- Spare memory cards
- Ear plugs or ear defenders, especially for young kids
- Small foldable cushion (useful on grandstand seats)