I think this quote from the F1Fanatic.co.uk article sums it up.
The organisers also expect Formula One Management to do a lot of the work including:
Planning, developing, logistics, marketing, and all necessary preparations to effectively carry out
Structures for media center, paddock and VIP areas, temporary meeting rooms, security control
tower, pit areas, team facilities, clubs, visitor welcome center, hospitality tent, and all other
Providing ample portable facilities for visitors.
Obtaining all the necessary permits and licenses required to hold the event.
All equipment needed to stage the race as well as staffing.
It would be unusual for FOM to get so deeply involved with creating and running a race. But after 40 years of trying to get a race in New York perhaps Bernie Ecclestone is prepared to give a little more to get what he wants. On the other hand, it may just be a very optimistic plan.
My biggest concern all along is who is going to pay for the event. And despite what the article says, I just have my doubts that Bernie will dig into his own pockets to fund it. It would be one thing putting up $5~$10 million for promotional purposes or devoting a lot of his time to try and make it happen. But between permits, construction, improvements, etc, we're talking in excess of $100,000,000.00 to make this race a reality.
And then there are the 'Green Brigade' from Friends of Liberty State Park, who are already causing the mayor to make such cool statements as...
"This was a response to an overture made by Formula 1, and Jersey City is one of several cities they are pursuing. There have been a few, preliminary conversations and this is very much in the exploratory phase. However, this may not be something that is in the best interest of Jersey City or Liberty State Park."
Ouch. Don't forget, the 'Friends' are the same group who vigorously shot down a proposal for a small 911 memorial at the edge of the park in the line of sight where the Twin Towers once stood, on the basis that it would "ruin the aesthetic nature of the park". They must be hyperventilating over this.
I think somebody needs to send the mayor a calm and rational letter, asking him to explore the example of Île Notre-Dame in Montreal, two weeks before and a week after the F1 race leaves town, for proof that a big event can be held in LSP and the park can remain the sanctuary it is.
Edited by jaisli, 04 May 2010 - 15:17.