Circuit of the Americas


Circuit of the Americas


375 acres total
250-foot tall observation tower
9,000-seat, three-story, 12,000
SF main grandstand
15,000-capacity amphitheater

Circuit Track: 3.4 miles

$400 million

November 2012

Austin Energy Green Building - 2 Stars®

Circuit of the Americas


Circuit of the Americas is the first purpose-built Grand Prix track and entertainment facility in the United States. Built around a state-of-the-art F1 circuit track, the facility is primarily designed to host F1; motor racing and will welcome classes of racing from motor power to human power.

To meet a commitment to Formula 1 to open in time to host the U.S. Grand Prix in 2012, the facility was designed and built on an accelerated basis in less than two years. The complex demanded structural engineering excellence in every venue, including an iconic observation tower, a main grandstand with fabric-clad canopy roof, and a grand plaza with an amphitheater and concession roof structures.

This motor sports and entertainment destination features a stunning, 250-foot tall steel lattice diagrid observation tower that was inspired by the red streak appearance of tail lights racing in the dark. Eighteen red steel tubes cascade down the tower and support an ETFE canopy over the amphitheater stage below. 

The facility also features a three-story, 12,000 SF main grandstand that seats over 9,000 fans and is partially covered by a fabric roof. The ground level houses concessions, while the second and third levels contain a lounge and private suites. The main grandstand was designed to be an adaptable, modular system that can be arranged and adjusted to meet future needs of the facility.

The 27-acre Grand Plaza is bordered by the racetrack and contains a box office, reflecting pool, the Great Lawn, and concessions. It serves as an entrance both to the award-winning Austin 360 Amphitheater and the Observation Tower. The amphitheater, Austin’s largest permanent outdoor music venue, seats 6,500 and can accommodate up to 14,000 guests. It has served as the home of Willie Nelson’s annual 4th of July picnic and concert since 2015.