Racing fever swept South Florida as celebrities such as Serena Williams, James Corden and Tom Brady filled the paddock. The sport’s drivers, meanwhile, saw room for improvement.
Formula One is the highest class of international auto racing, a pillar of luxury. It’s one of the most diverse sports leagues in the world, with drivers hailing from all over the globe.
The Miami Grand Prix showed what the future of the sport could be. The organizers brought the glitz and the glam, sparing no expense in building the approximately $40 million venue.
Hard Rock Stadium has become an entertainment powerhouse over the years, hosting the Miami Open, the 2020 Super Bowl and ’21 College Football Playoff national championship. Jay Z, Beyoncé, Coldplay and U2 have all hosted concerts in the historic venue, and now, some of motorsports’ finest have zipped around a 5.41 km (approximately 3.36-mile) track called the Miami International Autodrome surrounding the arena.
This year’s show was more diverse than ever before and welcomed four first-time participants from Africa, including friars Gallery from Kampala; First Floor Gallery Harare with spaces in Harare and Victoria Falls; SMAC Art Gallery with spaces in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Stellenbosch; and Rele Gallery with areas in Lagos and Los Angeles.
‘It has been incredible to witness the energy again in the halls and the enormous pent-up demand for seeing, buying, and selling art in person.
Following its success in Basel and Hong Kong, Art Basel Live amplified onsite presentations in Miami Beach, with a digital program comprising Online Viewing Rooms, virtual walkthroughs, live-streamed conversations, and social media broadcasts transmitting the vibrancy and excitement from the show floor to the broadest possible global audience.
We were so pleased to see Art Basel Miami Beach back in full swing and encouraged to have met so many new people at this edition of the fair. It felt like a shift in gear, even more energy than the previous fair. The week was certainly a great success, with brisk sales, and it was rewarding to be making these sales in person on the booth again. We’re leaving on a high, having enjoyed all that Miami’s expanding art scene has to offer.
The Miami Open, the iconic tennis and entertainment festival, returned to Hard Rock Stadium with the energy and excitement that has long made it the place to be in March. The tournament player field boasts Grand Slam-level talent including 15 players with a combined 26 career Grand Slam singles titles. Overall, 71 of the top 75 ranked women and 65 of the top 75 ranked men are entered to compete in Miami.
Fans received a greater guest experience that included the best in art, food, fashion and music. Some new and exciting changes to the site include a new Butch Buchholz Family Stadium with seating for more than 3500, new multi-level structures hosting amazing culinary options, live entertainment, retail stores and more. Guests had the opportunity to ride the gondola, giving them a unique bird’s eye view perspective of the site. There was also be new green spaces and sponsor activations for everyone to enjoy.