Your Firestone Grand Prix Fan Guide for Florida's Gulf Coast
Hey there race fans, this one's for you. The Firestone Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, located on the gorgeous Gulf Coast of Florida, hits the streets Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13. That's right around the corner!
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a three-day fast and furious festival that takes place along the waterfront of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The event features a 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street course highlighting some of the best racing North America has to offer along with activities, live entertainment and fun for all ages. (Check out the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg track map!)
We've put together this Firestone Grand Prix Fan Guide for quick reference on what you need to know about this favorite Gulf Coast event.
Entry Gate Hours & Locations
Here's where you can find the entrances for the Grand Prix of St. Pete. Gate 1 is located at 1st Avenue S. and 1st Street S., and offers on-site ticket sales. Gate 5 is located at 5th Avenue S. and 2nd Street N., and offers on-site ticket sales. Gate 5 also houses the Will Call ticket window.
On-site parking is extremely limited and only available with event-issued parking passes.
Public parking is available nearby in metered spaces and in city-owned garages. City garages charge an all-day event rent. Garages include South core and BayWalk Garage. Private lots, garages, and on-street park are also available, just be sure to observe all posted parking regulations. Click here for a map of downtown St. Pete parking.
There is a free shuttle from Tropicana Field parking lots to the race track. Parking at Tropicana Field is $10. The shuttle picks passengers up outside the main parking gate at 10th Street N. and 3rd Avenue S. and drop passengers near the Hilton hotel on the north side of 4th Avenue S. between 2nd and 3rd Streets N. (approximately two blocks from Gate 5). The shuttle operates all three days from 7a.m.–7p.m.
The three race days are packed with events, so much so that it's hard to tell you all that's going on. So instead, we'll defer to the Firestone Grand Prix Schedule of Events page. You'll find everything you need to know right there.
The Firestone Grand Prix features a festival-like atmosphere featuring the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, live performances and so much more. Here are the highlights and fan favorites.
- Bright House Speed Zone
- Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Village
- Beer Gardens
- Driver Autograph Sessions
- Interactive games and exhibits
Are you revved up and ready to get your tickets for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg? The good news is that there are a variety of ticketing options and packages to choose from for your big day at the races. See what they have to offer! Customize what's best for you.
Where to Stay
If you're interested in staying locally on Florida's Gulf Coast to enjoy the beaches and the races, take a look at these Gulf beach vacation rentals. Make a week or two of it. You can never get enough time on the Florida shoreline!
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! See you at the track.
Photo Credit: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Facebook page.
Do you have your tickets for the Firestone Grand Prix? See you in St. Pete!