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2022 U.S. Grand Prix ticket waitlist deposits available, but no word on COTA contract renewal

While the U.S. Grand Prix has plans to drop its tickets in early 2022, word of an official contract renewal have still not been announced. (Circuit of the Americas/Twitter)

Austin's Circuit of the Americas hasn't confirmed that the racetrack's 10-year Formula 1 contract has been renewed for the 2022 season, but signs continue to point to yes as the waitlist builds for the possible 2022 race.

While COTA has yet to release its own tickets, refundable deposits for $100 general admission, $250 reserved seats or a $500 shared hospitality deposit can be made now and will go toward tickets when they say they will officially drop in early 2022. Unaffiliated tickets listed on Vivid Seats start at $433 and peak at nearly $8,000 for the race, which brings hundreds of thousands into Austin each year and comes packed with star-studded performances, adrenaline-inducing face-offs and plenty of fanfare to the region every fall.

Although the USGP was included in Formula 1's 2022 season schedule released in October, many worried that the race was 'F1 and done' in the state capital as the tight-lipped COTA leadership continued to list the deal as pending. The 2022 preliminary schedule cited that the race would be "subject to contract."

The track's initial 10-year contract ended after the possibly record-breaking 2021 Grand Prix race in late October. And while COTA chairman Bobby Epstein said he was hopeful that a new contract would be secured, some said the odds were stacked against them: each race requires a hefty $25 million in funds from the state of Texas, which has threatened to halt spending before and hasn't determined if the top-flight race sufficiently boosts the economy.

And a new track getting buzz in Miami added to complications—in COTA's contract with Texas' Major Events Reimbursement Program, the state said it would only provide funding if the USGP remained the only Formula 1 race in the United States.

But Epstein and crew weren't going down without a fight. Epstein, who lauded the long-awaited 2021 race as the "biggest event on the planet this year," seemed to pull through as an estimated record-breaking 400,000 attendees walked through COTA's gates for the 2022 race. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport felt the weight of hundreds of thousands of tourists pouring in as well, breaking attendance records during the USGP weekend.

And with growing interest in North America—aided by a heated battle between rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and Netflix docuseries "Drive to Survive"—new enthusiasm was pumped into the COTA project.

Epstein said on Oct. 22 that he was "highly confident" that the track's contract would be renewed, but as of Wednesday, Nov. 24, he told Austonia that no updates had been made on the deal.

If the hints prove true, the 2022 race will take Austin by storm once again Oct. 20-23, 2022.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway