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2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Set to Take Place March 10-12: Traffic and Parking Infor

CONTACT: Sgt. Joe Pratt, St. Petersburg Police, 727-893-4883 or Joseph.Pratt@stpete.org

Nina Mahmoudi, Marketing Department, 727-893-7465 or Nina.Mahmoudi@stpete.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Set to Take Place March 10-12: Traffic and Parking Information

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 7, 2016) - Downtown St. Petersburg is open for business as the city welcomes three days of fast cars, world-class drivers and family fun on the waterfront during the 2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12.  As the inaugural event on this year's 17-race IndyCar season, downtown St. Petersburg transforms into one of racing's most beautiful road courses and offers spectacular trackside waterfront views for fans of all ages. The race will be broadcast on ABC beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.

Everyone is welcome to visit St. Petersburg's dining and retail district before, during, and after the race. This year, a bike share network of 30 hubs and 300 bikes provide an alternative set of wheels to ride around town. The Cross Bay Ferry to and from St. Pete and Tampa will also be operating its normal weekend hours.

Finalization of the circuit will be Thursday, March 9, putting construction setup at 31 days. While Beach Drive and Central Avenue will remain open during construction and throughout race weekend, motorists and pedestrians can expect race-related street closures and detours downtown from Pioneer Park to Albert Whitted Airport.

The following roads will be impacted leading up to and during race weekend:

Closed:

*             First St. from First Ave. N. to Sixth Ave. S.

*             First Ave. S. from First St. to Bayshore

*             Beach Dr. from Central Ave. to First Ave. S.

*             Bayshore Dr. SE from Central Ave. to Dali Blvd. (Fifth Ave. S.)

Limited access:

*             Second Ave. S. from First to Second Streets

*             Bayshore Dr. SE, from Second Ave. NE to Central Ave.

*             First St. S. from Fifth Ave. S. (Dali Blvd.) to Eighth Ave. S.

*             Sixth Ave. S. from First to Second Streets

Albert Whitted Park is also closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, reopening March 26. Following Sunday's checkered flag, all roads and areas affected by the Grand Prix are expected to reopen by March 26, with some major roads open as early as March 17.

Airport Access - Albert Whitted Airport will be open during the weekend, with limited access via Sixth Ave. S. to USF-St. Petersburg, the Coast Guard station, and the Port of St. Petersburg. Access to Demens Landing will be restricted to Marina residents and Grand Prix ticket holders using the water taxi.

Parking Information - More than 25,000 parking spaces are available within approximately one mile of the race track for race fan parking, as well as resident and visitor parking.

*Downtown Parking - Parking at Sundial (enter from Second St. between First and Second Aves. N.) or South Core (enter from First Ave. S. mid-block between First and Second Streets) will cost $5 on Friday and $15 on Saturday and Sunday. The Beach Drive parking lots, located off of Second Ave. NE to the east of Bayshore Dr., offer $5 parking Friday, March 10, and $10 parking Saturday and Sunday. The USF-St. Petersburg parking garage and selected lots offer the closest proximity to Gate 5 with parking available Saturday and Sunday in designated areas for $20 per vehicle. Private lots, garages and on-street parking will also be available. Motorists are encouraged to observe all posted parking regulations to avoid parking citations or vehicle relocation.

*Disabled Parking - Free disabled on-street parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis; some spaces have time limits but most are available all day. Additional disabled parking is available in city garages, at Tropicana Field lots 1 and 2, and in the USFSP parking garage. Due to its proximity to Gate 5, the USFSP garage is recommended for those with limited mobility, while South Core is recommended for those entering Gate 1.

*Trop Park-n-Ride Shuttle - Parking is available at Tropicana Field in Lots 1 and 2 for $10, where race fans can ride a free Grand Prix shuttle to the track. The free shuttle will operate throughout race weekend, beginning March 10 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Shuttle stops are located on the west side of 16th St., north of Fourth Ave. S. This is the same shuttle location as used for baseball. The free Tropicana Field shuttle includes dedicated wheelchair-accessible trolleys.

*Take the Trolley - The Looper Downtown Trolley and Central Avenue Trolley offer rides throughout race weekend for just 50 cents per person (exact change required) in the downtown fare zone. The Looper Trolley runs race weekend from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Looper and Central Avenue Trolley are both wheelchair-accessible. Visit www.StPeteTrolley.com for more information and route maps.

*Motorcycle Parking - Motorcycle parking can be found on First Street between First Avenue North and First Avenue South on Saturday and Sunday. Spaces are first-come, first-served and will cost $5.

*Use Pedal Power  - In addition to bike share hubs and other city bike racks located around the city, a large number of temporary bicycle racks are available outside Gate 1 and Gate 5.

*Taxi - Taxi stands are located on Second St., between Second and Fourth Aves. S. and on Sixth Ave. S. between Second and Third Streets.

Safety - The City of St. Petersburg and the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg work hard to keep everyone safe.  Race fans are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the nearest law enforcement agency as part of the "See Something, Say Something" campaign. Also, security enhancements this year includes bag checks for all guests as well as magnetometers. All ticket holders should check with the Grand Prix website (www.gpstpete.com) to see what items are permitted inside the venue and what items are prohibited.

Additional Information - The Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater will be closed during Grand Prix weekend. With the exception of race weekend, free Dali Museum patron parking is available in the Beach Drive parking lot with complimentary transportation to and from the museum Monday, March 6 through Thursday, March 9. And then again on Monday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 15. Shuttles run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with stops approximately every 15 minutes. The Museum parking lot is expected to reopen Thursday, March 16. Patrons are invited to visit The Dali and the Mahaffey when they reopen on Monday, March 13.

For more on transportation, parking, maps or general event information, visit www.stpete.org/grandprix.

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