There is an interesting reflection on Formula 1 in the news today in the United States where Circuit of the Americas owner Bobby Epstein wants the United States to be moved from its current November 17 date – to avoid a clash with a University of Texas home football game which is scheduled for the same weekend. There are fears that the combination of the two events would overwhelm the city’s transportation and hotels.
The average attendance for the Texas Longhorns home games is an impressive 100,000 spectators and the game scheduled for the race weekend is with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, which is due to take place on Saturday November 16, the day before the Grand Prix. Having said that the University of Texas does have some wriggle space as there is a free weekend for the Longhorns on November 23 although many fans may already have booked hotels as rooms are already hard to come by at sensible prices.
The Grand Prix on the 17th will also clash with the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale in Florida. The stock car event this year started halfway through the F1 race.
There is little opportunity for the F1 circus to change dates. It cannot be earlier because of the races in India and Abu Dhabi and the only possibility would be a switch with Brazil, which would not be as good for TV viewing numbers and would be resisted by the folk at Interlagos.