Circuit of the Americas Confirms Layoffs

Mar 17, 2020

The Circuit of the Americas (COTA), located in Austin, Texas, has laid off approximately half of its staff, a track spokesperson confirmed to KVUE.

The track will also be closing its gates indefinitely, with the April IndyCar event cancelled and the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas postponed until Nov. 15. The track also regularly hosts concerts, many of which have also been postponed or cancelled.

The postponements and cancellations of all track events are due to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the spokesperson said.

“COTA is an amphitheater, racetrack, sports stadium, conference center and place where fans and friends come together to create lasting memories. Without concerts, races and games, we have limited use,” the track said in a statement. “Understandably and importantly, public safety takes precedence over celebratory gatherings. It is our greatest hope that our community remains healthy and, when the virus passes, we reunite for many years of treasured moments with friends and family.

“We are heartbroken for our employees (and their families) who spend all year preparing to welcome guests from Austin and all around the globe but now find themselves without work. The joy of creating memorable occasions has been replaced with the disappointing reality of a worldwide crisis. It is indeed a terrible time in the event and hospitality business. Most of all, we hope everyone stays healthy, heeds the caution advised by leaders and experts, and comes back to COTA when good times return.”