Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Get ready for some racecar fun this spring break weekend! Every year for the past nine consecutive years, St. Petersburg has been hosting the Firestone Grand Prix each March in its downtown location. For this two-day event taking place on March 13-15, 2020, the IndyCar series race will tackle a 14 turn, 1.8-mile waterfront track! 

The race will be circling Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Dali Museum and extend onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport which overlooks the waterfront of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg harbor.

Downtown St. Petersburg is one of the many locations with culture all around. A walk down the strip of downtown and you will find yourself surrounded by little shops, cafes, restaurants and more. As one of the highest ranked arts destinations in America, you will discover the Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Chihuly Collection. If you are feeling hungry, Beach Drive has many local restaurants that will satisfy your cravings. From fashionable to upscale restaurants, you will find ethnic eateries, and breweries that craft artisanal beers. Downtown St. Petersburg is also known to have live entertainment. If you’re strolling downtown, you will find yourself walking past live jazz music, Spanish music, and venues such as Jannus Live where live concerts are held. There is a little bit of everything in the streets of St. Petersburg.

The Firestone Grand Prix will have onsite food and beverages for purchase. You must present a valid ID for the purchase of alcoholic beverages. You are not allowed to bring in your own food or alcohol on the premises as this will result in being kicked out. Reentry to the event is permitted so if you need to run to the car because you forgot your wallet, you can return to the event with no issues; just make sure to have your ticket with you at all times.

The following items are allowed onto the race grounds but will be subject to inspection: 

  • Binoculars and cameras,
  • Purses, backpacks and small bags
  • Seat cushions,
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas (as long as they do not obstruct the view of others)
  • Wheelchairs
  • Camera stands (tripod, monopods, etc). 
  • Small personal handheld devices – cell phones, PDAs, etc.

The following items are prohibited onto the race grounds:

  • Coolers
  • Folding chairs
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Noise Makers, Horns, Helium Balloons, Beach Balls
  • Banners
  • Camcorders
  • Drones
  • Laptop
  • Large bags

For ticket purchasing, there are two types of tickets: Grandstand and General Admission

  • Grandstand tickets:
    • 3-Day/Upper Rows
      •  Adult Ticket $145
      • Adult Ticket Gate Price $155
      • JR Ticket (12 and under) $110
      • JR Ticket Gate Price $120
    • 1-Day/Upper Rows
      • Adult Ticket $110
      • Adult Ticket Gate Price $120
      • JR Ticket (12 and under) $85
      • JR Ticket Gate Price $95
    • 3-Day/Lower Rows
      • Adult Ticket $115
      • Adult Ticket Gate Price $125
      • JR Ticket (12 and under) $80
      • JR Ticket Gate Price $90
    • 1-Day/Lower Rows
      • Adult Ticker $85
      • Adult Ticket Gate Price $95
      • JR Ticket (12 and under) $60
      • JR Ticket Gate Price $70
  • General Admission:
    • 3-Day/Best Value
      • Adult Ticket $60
      • Adult Ticket Gate Price $70
      • JR Ticket (12 and under) $35
      • JR Ticket Gate Price $45
    • Sunday
      • Adult Ticket $55
      • Adult Ticket Gate Price $65
      • JR Ticket (12 and under) $30
      • JR Ticket Gate Price $40
    • Saturday
      • Adult Ticket $40
      • Adult Ticket gate Price $50
      • JR Ticket (12 and under) $25
      • JR Ticket Gate Price $35
    • Friday
      • Adult Ticket $25
      • Adult Ticket Gate Price $35
      • JR Ticket (12 and under) $25
      • JR Ticket Gate Price $35

Directions to the GrandPrix:

  • From the north (Tampa)
    • I-275 south
    • I-175 east via (left) exit 22
    • Keep left onto 5th Avenue S.
    • Track is at 1st Street S. and 5th Avenue S.
  • From the north (Clearwater)
    • US-19 south
    • 54th Avenue N. east
    • I-275 south
    • I-175 east via (left) exit 22
    • Keep left onto 5th Avenue S.
    • Track is at 1st Street S. and 5th Avenue S.
  • From the south
    • I-275 north (Sunshine Bay Bridge)
    • I-175 east via exit 22
    • Keep left onto 5th Avenue S.
    • Track is at 1st Street S. and 5th Avenue S.

 Gate Hours and locations:

  • Friday, March 13 – 7:45 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Saturday March 14 – 7:45 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Sunday, March 15 – 8:15 AM to 5:30 PM
    • 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.

Parking information:

During the event, there will be street parking and city parking garages. The city parking garage will be charging a $10-all-day event fee on Friday and a $15-all-day fee on Saturday and Sunday.