Ellis Island Casino sues F1 for race-related losses

Ellis Island Casino sues F1 for race-related losses

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Ellis Island Casino sues F1 for race-related losses

The Ellis Island Casino owners have filed a lawsuit against Formula 1, Clark County, and the state of Nevada. 

They claim to have lost money as a result of last year’s Las Vegas Grand Prix racing disruptions. The casino claims that the race preparations, which took around six months to put up and take down, restricted access to their location for both employees and customers. The lawsuit seeks more than fifty thousand dollars in damages.

Furthermore, the night before the race’s first practice session, F1 allegedly instructed the casino’s night shift that no one would be permitted to enter or leave the premises for three hours. Ellis Island also blames the county for not forcing F1 to get a special use permit for the event, which they believe was necessary given the size of the disturbances.

Interestingly, despite these concerns, Ellis Island sponsored the Grand Prix and even built a 1,000-seat grandstand in its parking lot for attendees, charging high admission fees

This is not the first lawsuit filed against F1. Last year, 35,000 people filed a class action complaint after being moved from a grandstand due to a timetable delay, while a group of businesses threatened legal action over a thirty million-dollar income loss owing to race preparations. These companies have also petitioned the local authorities to prevent the race from disturbing local streets during this year’s event.

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