March 11-13, 2016
14 Turn, 1.8 Mile Waterfront Track
Details for the 2016 race coming soon. See updates.
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Parking and Transportation Information
( 2015 information below to be updated soon )
2015 parking options included:
Park Downtown: City parking garages charged a $5-all-day event rate on Friday and a $10-all-day event rate on Saturday and Sunday. Private lots, garages and on-street parking were also be available. Observe all posted parking regulations.
- South Core
(enter from the north side of First Ave. S. between Second and First Streets)
- MidCore/Sundial Garage
(enter from Second St. between First and Second Avenues N.)
Park and Ride Shuttle from the Trop: From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. there was a FREE shuttle service from Tropicana Field to the race course. Parking at Tropicana Field was $10. The shuttle picked passengers up on 10th St. S. and dropped off passengers near the Hilton on Fourth Ave. S. between Second and Third Streets. There was a two-block walk to the race entry gate 5. The shuttle operated 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) offered 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 5 p.m. on Sunday, after the race. The closest Looper stop to the race course was near the Hilton on the east side of Second St. just north of Fourth Ave. S. The Central Avenue Shuttle serves The Pier Lots (Beach Drive Lot and Pelican Lot), BayWalk, and Central Avenue from Second Ave. to the Grand Central District at 32nd St.
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 St. and Second St. were temporarily reserved as free parking spaces for those with valid Disabled Person Parking Permit Placards and available on a first-come, first-served basis Friday through Sunday. City garages, the USF St. Petersburg garage and Tropicana Field provided accessible parking at the prevailing rate. The USF St. Petersburg garage is recommended for those with limited mobility wishing to enter the 5th Ave. S. gate, while the SouthCore garage is recommended for those wishing to enter the 1st Ave. S. gate. The Looper is wheelchair accessible and the Tropicana shuttle includes dedicated wheelchair accessible trolleys. Disabled parking at Tropicana Field was located just inside the gate at 10th St.
Entry Gates: There were two entry gates to the race course. Both gates offered wheelchair access. There was intermittent time when wheelchairs can cross the actual racetrack, with estimated crossing times posted on-site.
- Gate 1 - First Ave. S. and First St. S.
- Wheel chair access
- Ticket booth
- Gate 5 - Fith Ave. S. and Second St. S.
- Wheel chair access
- Ticket booth
- Will call
Ride Your Bike: A large number of temporary bicycle racks were available outside each entry gate in addition to the more than 75 permanent bicycle rack locations throughout the downtown area.
Taxi: Taxi stands were located at the designated areas and offer a variety of taxi services for race days.
- South Stand - Third St. S. and Fith Ave. S.
The following downtown streets were closed or had limited access to traffic today through race weekend:
Closed - Beach Dr. from Central Ave. to First Ave. S;
Closed - First St. from First Ave. S to Fifth Ave. S;
Closed - Albert Whitted Park, motorized and pedestrian traffic
Limited Access on Second Ave. S from First to Second St. S;
Limited Access - First St. S from Fifth Ave. S to Eighth Ave. S AND Sixth Ave. S from Second St. to First St.;
Bayshore Drive. S.E. from First Ave. S to Fifth Ave. S was closed to traffic for racetrack construction until Thursday, April 2. All areas affected by Grand Prix track construction were expected to reopen by April 10. The Saturday Morning Market was NOT be held Grand Prix weekend, but returned to its regular location at Al Lang parking lot Saturday, April 4.
Race officials urged 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.
Throughout race weekend, Albert Whitted Airport remained open with limited access via Sixth Ave. S. Limited access to USF-St. Petersburg, the Coast Guard Station, the Port of St. Petersburg, and Demens Landing was also available; however, the boat ramp was closed.
For Grand Prix news road closure news releases, click here.