March 11-13, 2016
14 Turn, 1.8 Mile Waterfront Track
The Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St.Petersburg is a series of races along a picturesque 14 turn, 1.8 mile temporary track. A diverse racing lineup featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series, Pirelli World Challenge and the entire Mazda Road to Indy ladder series, which includes Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, along with the excitement of Stadium Super Trucks.
Our downtown is OPEN for business
Local business support race fans, experience the shopping, tastes and sounds of our city.
THE ARTS - Along the streets of St. Petersburg, discover one of the highest ranked arts destinations in America - from world class museums on the waterfront like The Dali, Museum of Fine Arts or the Chihuly Collection, to eclectic galleries along the 600 Block of Central Avenue traveling west to Grand Central and the Warehouse Arts District.
RESTAURANTS & BARS - From fashionable restaurant row along Beach Drive and the upscale offerings at nearby Sundial to ethnic eateries, bistros and cafes, sample food and drinks at more than 100 establishments downtown.
CRAFT BEER SCENE - Think of it as the Sunshine City’s answer to California’s wine country. Along St.Pete’s Central Avenue and downtown corridor visit an array of small, independent breweries crafting fresh artisanal beers unavailable anywhere else. Join other beer enthusiasts and sample them right on the spot, take a tour, meet the brewer and cart some beer home with you.
RETAIL - The recently opened shops at Sundial welcome you long with unique boutiques, antique shops, and galleries throughout Downtown, the Edge and Grand Central districts. They’re all within reach aboard the St.Petersburg Trolley.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - St. Petersburg rocks after dark at listening rooms such as the Hideaway or dozens of venues where live music and entertainment abounds. Check out the side door jazz offerings at the Palladium or the visiting acts at Jannus Live or the State Theater.
Movies On The Lawn
Embrace the race with the city of St. Pete for our movies on the lawn: race weekend edition
- Friday, March 11 - Embrace the Race Movies on the Lawn: Turbo (PG)
- Saturday, March 12 - Embrace the Race Movies on the Lawn: The Cannonball Run (PG)
- Movies start at 7:30 p.m.
Outdoor film to take place on Museum of Fine Art's north wall located in North Straub Park. Join us for free family-friendly festivities before the movie. Thanks to Cinema Squatch for partnering with the City of St. Pete to produce the event.
- Sunday, March 13 - Movies at MFA Under the Kapok Tree: Days of Thunder (PG-13)
- View more events on our events calendar
Parking and Transportation Information
2016 parking options include:
Park Downtown: City parking garages are a $5-all-day event rate on Friday and a $15-all-day event rate on Saturday and Sunday. Private lots, garages and on-street parking are also be available. Observe all posted parking regulations.
- South Core
(enter from the north side of First Avenue S. between Second and First Streets)
- MidCore/Sundial Garage
(enter from Second Street between First and Second Avenues N.)
Park and Ride Shuttle from the Trop: From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. there is a FREE shuttle service from Tropicana Field to the race course. Park in Lots 1 and 2 at Tropicana Field, the cost will be $10. The shuttle picks passengers up on 16th Street S. and drops off passengers at Second Street S. and Fifth Avenue S. The shuttle operates all three race days from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Take the St. Petersburg Trolley: The Looper Downtown Trolley and Central Avenue Shuttle (St. Pete's trolley system) offers rides throughout Grand Prix weekend for .50 per person. The Looper provides a circular route between the city's parking facilities, hotels, restaurants and attractions. It operates from 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, and after the races to the Trop lots until 10 p.m.. The closest Looper stops to the race course are First Avenue and First Street N. near Gate 1 or Fifth Avenue S. and Second Street S. near Gate 5, which is near the Hilton on the east side of Second Street just north of Fourth Avenue S. The Central Avenue Shuttle serves the Beach Drive and Pelican parking lots (formerly The Pier parking lots), Sundial, and Central Avenue from Second Avenue to the Grand Central District at 32nd Street.
Parking for persons with disabilities: All permanent on-street accessible spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge - some have time limits but most are available for all-day parking. An additional section of metered parking spaces on Central Avenue between First Street and Second Street are temporarily reserved as free parking spaces for those with valid Disabled Person Parking Permit Placards and are available on a first-come, first-served basis Friday through Sunday. City garages, the USF St. Petersburg garage and Tropicana Field provide accessible parking at the prevailing rate. The USF St. Petersburg garage is recommended for those with limited mobility wishing to enter the 5th Avenue S. gate, while the SouthCore garage is recommended for those wishing to enter the First Avenue S. gate. The Looper is wheelchair accessible and the Tropicana shuttle includes dedicated wheelchair accessible trolleys. Disabled parking at Tropicana Field is located just inside the gate at 10th Street.
Entry Gates: There are two entry gates to the race course. Both gates offered wheelchair access. There is intermittent time when wheelchairs can cross the actual racetrack, with estimated crossing times posted on-site.
- Gate 1 - First Avenue S. and First Street S.
- Wheel chair access
- Ticket booth
- Gate 5 - Fifth Avenue S. and Second Street S.
- Wheel chair access
- Ticket booth
- Will call
Motorcycle Parking: Special motorcycle parking is available utilizing "motorcycle corrals" on the west sides of First Street between First Avenue S. and Central Avenue and Central Avenue and First Avenue N. on Saturday and Sunday only. Spaces are available on a first-come, first served basis for $5. Motorcycle, moped and bicycle parking is also available in permanent designated spaces on First Avenue N., between First and Second Streets, and on Second Street S. between Central and First Avenue S.
Ride Your Bike: A large number of temporary bicycle racks are available outside each entry gate in addition to the more than 75 permanent bicycle rack locations throughout the downtown area.
Taxi: Taxi stands are located at the designated areas and offer a variety of taxi services for race days.
- Southwest Stand - Third Street S. and Fifth Avenue S.
- Southeast Stand - Second Street S. and Fourth Avenue S.
The following downtown streets are closed or have limited access to traffic through race weekend:
Closed - Beach Dr. from Central Avenue to First Avenue S.;
Closed - First Street from First Avenue S. to Fifth Avenue S.;
Closed - Albert Whitted Park, motorized and pedestrian traffic
Limited Access on Second Avenue S. from First to Second Street S.;
Limited Access - First Street S. from Fifth Avenue S to Eighth Avenue S. AND Sixth Avenue S. from Second Street to First Street;
Bayshore Drive. S.E. from First Avenue S. to Fifth Avenue S. is closed to traffic for racetrack construction until Friday, March 25. All areas affected by Grand Prix track construction are expected to reopen by April 3. The Saturday Morning Market will move to Williams Park on March 5 and will be closed during race festivities March 12. It will return to its regular location at Al Lang parking lot Saturday, March 19.
Race officials urge everyone around the track construction site to use caution and heed posted signage for their own safety. Marked construction areas are closed sites even when active construction is not present and could result in serious injury if warnings are disregarded.
Albert Whitted Airport is to remain open throughout race weekend with limited access via Sixth Avenue S. Limited access to USF-Street Petersburg, the Coast Guard Station, the Port of St. Petersburg, and Demens Landing is also available; however, the boat ramp is closed.