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This year marks the fifth time that the Formula One circus will rock up in Austin for the U.S. Grand Prix at COTA, a race that quickly became one of the most popular events on the calendar among those who travel to every venue.In an exclusive interview with ESPN, COTA CEO Bobby Epstein talks about the circuits growing popularity, the importance of repeat custom, and ever-increasing ticket sales in the wake of a disastrous weekend (on the weather front) in 2015.All of our events are up this year, Epstein said. MotoGP was up nicely as well, and thats a great event that we have every year. Weve really seen it building across the board with all of the racing events. There was not a natural fan base for racing in central Texas, but we took the chance and built it here [hoping] that, as people experienced the product, they would want to come back. That seems to be showing this year.For F1, Epstein says, COTA is seeing a lot of repeat custom, but with the added bonus that previous purchasers are buying more tickets per transaction with every passing year -- proof that word of mouth is paying off.Where we used to have one-point-something tickets per purchase, were now well into the high twos, to [nearly] three tickets per purchase, which shows that its not just the loyal F1 fan thats coming, its the family, the friends. Its not just the dedicated fan who has a reason to come, the family have a great reason. Hopefully were creating that family experience that I think a lot of people are looking for with their entertainment.One of the secrets of COTAs success has been managements refusal to pigeonhole the Circuit of the Americas as a grand prix track. Instead, the Austin venue is part concert hall, part test track, and part multi-series race venue, and it is this division of purposes that has proved to be COTAs greatest strength.At first you have to convince everyone that youre gonna be a good place to come to, and now I think weve earned a reputation for being a top notch facility and training experienced drivers that fans want to be a part of.For the first time were actually in a position to be able to say no to some events that may not be as profitable or a great fit for us, Epstein revealed. Thats part of the maturation process here. Weve got to the point now where we are able to be a little more selective and careful with what we get ourselves into.South By Southwest had a nice event [at COTA] this year. Weve got two major festivals that are currently in downtown Austin that are looking at the possibility of relocating. We have our amphitheatre, and this year we had 24 concerts and a quarter of a million people for the shows. There have been some athletic events out here. Our overall programme was up anyway, but 2017 is looking really good for some of those things that take a lot to develop. Track rental is also up -- I think we are looking at 2018 for track rentals at this point, so the driving programmes are doing very well.Long-term, COTA is looking to be in good shape as prior investments begin to bear fruit, Epstein said.Were in the final stages of a hotel that, I believe, is a real entertainment destination-type hotel. When that comes, there are some ancillary entertainment developments to come around it. Thats really where the focus is at this point: instead of focussing on survival, we can focus on going forward.Looking forward in the short-term, COTA continues to go from strength to strength, Epstein said. Ticket sales this year are great. I think well be second to the inaugural race [when the box office closes]. Well have our second-largest crowd. Its our fifth year, and it seems like the time has gone by pretty quickly! One of the things we wanted to do is celebrate that anniversary, appeal to a new audience as well as the existing audience of F1 fans.One of the things we did when we built the circuit was deliberately build a concert amphitheatre -- it can hold a massive crowd, accommodate a concert for 70,000 people and let everyone see [the stage]. So COTA can offer a great concert-going experience.One of the things we felt was necessary from the time we started COTA, was to build a true fan-friendly festival weekend. We know that there are some die-hard F1 fans in the US, but there are also a lot of people who are either not aware of F1 or are simply curious. We want them to come out and have a fantastic experience, all the way from the racing to the entertainment to the village that we have created. NFL Jerseys China Wholesale . However, he did make them miss him a little less. 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Welcome to the last day of the 2016 season ... or is it? Depending on how things turn out, the Indians and Tigers may need to make up last Thursdays rainout with the possibility of playing another game on Tuesday and maybe even on Wednesday if theres a four-way tie for the American League wild-card berths.Lets try this again.Welcome to the last Sunday of the regular season! As has been tradition the last several campaigns, all 15 games are scheduled to start about the same time. The purpose is so all teams in games with playoff implications have to play their regulars and not have the luxury of backing into a playoff berth then scratching their scheduled starter. So for the 179th and final time this year, heres what you need to navigate through the final full slate of the 2016 regular season.PitchingEliteMax Scherzer is scheduled to take the hill for the Washington Nationals in a home tilt against the Miami Marlins. 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This means the southpaw is the clear top choice for DFS, especially since the opposing Minnesota Twins fan at an elevated clip with a left-hander on the hill.Justin Verlander takes the ball for the Detroit Tigers in Game 161, with a good chance hell be pitching for the need to play the final game on Monday. The veteran right-hander takes the hill at Turner Field for the final game played in the venue as the Atlanta Braves will move to the newly constructed SunTrust Park next season. As has been well-documented in this space, the Braves have been one of the top offensive teams since the break, but history has taught us to lean on the side of the team with greater motivation. As such, Verlander is in play for all DFS formats, though Sale has the higher ceiling.SolidThe Los Angeles Dodgers are locked into their playoff spot, so other than playing spoiler for the archrival San Francisco Giants, they have nothing to play for. Kenta Maeda gets the start for the NL West champs, and since he doesnt toss more than five or six innings anyway, hes not a DFS option.Kyle Hendricks makes his last regular-season start on the road against the Cincinnati Reds. The Chicago Cubs have stated their Cy Young hopeful will be limited to 100 pitches, likely meaning five innings, but cracking the door open in the event a sixth frame helps the rightys cause for personal gains, perhaps to edge his ERA back under 2.00 or to increase the chance for his 17th win. Because the win is in play, using Hendricks in cash is viable, though he lacks the upside for GPP action.As of this writing, the Baltimore Orioles havent clinched a wild-card berth, meaning Kevin Gausman will have no restrictions against the New York Yankees in the Bronx. There are better plays on paper, but the motivation factor lifts Gausman to GPP consideration.With the Boston Red Sox locked into a series with the Cleveland Indians, Sundays finale is mostly a tune-up game for David Price, though there is some motivation to win for home field against the Tribe. Still, its hard to imagine the southpaw working any more than five frames, despite this game being important for the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.Assuming the Giants hhave not clinched a date in Citi Field for the wild-card game, Matt Moore will be taxed with getting them there.dddddddddddd The lefty faces a Dodgers club more concerned with getting ready for their NLDS meeting with the Nationals. Add Moore to the list of high-upside tournament options working with no restrictions.With so much in flux on the final Sunday, its tough to pinpoint viable contrarian options. Sean Manaea fits the bill as the Oakland Athletics take on the Seattle Mariners in a game the Mariners need to win. Theres a chance Oakland wants to limit the rookies innings, but is there a huge risk leaving him in for six, maybe seven stanzas? The Mariners are tough, but Manaea has the platoon edge over most of the better Seattle sticks. If youre looking to throw a dart at a big pull on the final day off GPPs, Manaea is an intriguing option.As tempting as the narrative is to use Felix Hernandez in a big game, the King isnt missing many bats, while the Athletics are hard to punchout. Therefore, its best to fade the Mariners right-hander for DFS purposes.StreamersJerad Eickhoff is owned in only 46 percent of ESPN leagues, so theres a chance hes available for those in leagues with daily moves. Facing a Mets team thats coming off a playing-clinching win, the Phillies curveball specialist will likely face a lesser lineup. Not only is Eickhoff a great spot starter, hes in the mix for DFS too.Matt Koch earned another start after impressing the Arizona Diamondbacks brass in his first start against the Nationals. This time the 25-year-old rookie draws the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. The lineup the Friars are using is much different from the one contributing the majority of their near-league-leading strikeouts. Still, its not very dangerous, so if you need a miracle, Koch could be your savior.The Texas Rangers have nothing to play for, but since it will be a week before Martin Perez throws again, theres no reason to restrict him against the Tampa Bay Rays. Especially if you need punch outs, consider the lefty an option.AvoidIf there was ever a day to pull out all the stops, its today. That said, you need to be in dire straits to use German Marquez at Coors Field or Chase Whitley in Arlington.HittingThink of it this way: You only have one more chance to agonize whether to get exposure to or fade Coors Field this season. With Marquez working for the hosts and the bullpen collectively doing the honors for the guests, the runs should be crossing the plate left and right. The left-handed unit for the Rockies is in the best spot, so Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and David Dahl get their final of many mentions this season. The Brewers dont have many lefties to deploy against Marquez other than Scooter Gennett,?but in that venue, it doesnt matter. Ryan Braun, Chris Carter and Domingo Santana are all candidates to end the season with a round-tripper.If the White Sox wanted to sit their regulars, theyd have been doing it already. Admittedly, they dont really have any prospects to look at, so theres no reason Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier wont be playing against still promising but raw Jose Berrios. The Twins rookie has surrendered 12 homers in just 51 1/3 major league innings.With their come-from-behind victory Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals are still battling for the right to travel to Queens to take on the Mets. This puts Matt Carpenter and Brandon Moss in a great spot with the platoon bump over Ryan Vogelsong. Righties Aledmys Diaz, Stephen Piscotty, Jedd Gyorko and the rejuvenated Yadier Molina are considerations as well.Most likely to hit a homer: Hell have to do it against ground ball specialist Aaron Sanchez, but you know David Ortiz will be looking to leisurely stroll around the bases one last time ... in a regular-season affair.Most likely to steal a base: Lots of choices for this honor, so Ill close out the season with a personal favorite, Jose Peraza. 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