The trees are being taken out to improve sight lines for the grandstands planned to be built over the fountains for the inaugural race weekend scheduled for Nov. 16-18.
“This work is part of preparations for the Las Vegas Grand Prix and our efforts to provide the best possible experience through improved visibility, mobility and pedestrian access and safety,” an MGM Resorts spokeswoman said in a statement.
Some trees planted in front of the Mirage also will be removed for a spectator grandstand scheduled to be built near the resort’s popular volcano attraction, according to a spokesperson with the Las Vegas Grand Prix. The race spokesperson didn’t have additional details, and representatives from the Mirage weren’t immediately available for comment.
Some of the trees being removed will be stored off-site and will be replanted just before New Year’s Eve, while others are being removed permanently, with those trees being cut into wood chips to be used at select parks in Las Vegas.
The Bellagio Fountain Club is a three-day race ticket that includes views of the race as drivers head toward Harmon Avenue and near the fountains the grandstand structure will sit over. The area is part of the race’s 3.8-mile circuit that travels along the Strip. Other portions of the track include Harmon, Koval Lane and Sands Avenue.
The $11,247 package includes access to a private indoor and rooftop club above the grandstand, meet-and-greets with F1 ambassadors and all-inclusive food and beverages, including alcoholic, curated by notable chefs, mixologists and sommeliers.