Parking and Transportation Information

With more than 25,000 parking spaces within a mile of the race track, city officials expect sufficient and successful parking and transportation for the upcoming Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Parking options include:

Parking Downtown

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City parking garages will charge 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 will also be available. Observe all posted parking regulations.

South Core Parking Garage ( google maps )
(enter from the north side of First Ave. S. between Second and First Streets) 
  • Hours: 24-7
  • Cost: $10 ($5 on Friday)
Midcore/Sundial Parking Garage  ( google maps )
(enter from Second St. between First and Second Avenues N.) 
  • Hours: 24-7
  • Cost: $10 ($5 on Friday)

FREE Shuttle from Tropicana Field

Parking Garages
From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. there is a FREE shuttle service from Tropicana Field to the race course. Parking at Tropicana Field will be $10. The shuttle will pick passengers up on 10th St. S. next to lots 6A and 7A and drop off passengers near the Hilton on Fourth Ave. S. between Second and Third Streets. There will be a short walk to the race entry gate 5. The shuttle will operate all three race days from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $10 to park
  • Park: East lots (towards downtown)
  • Stops: 10th St. S. & 3rd Ave. S. (East lot entrance)
  • Stops: 2nd St. S. & 4th Ave. S. (Near Hilton)

Take a Trolley

The Downtown Looper Trolley and Central Avenue Shuttle (St. Pete's Trolley system) will offer rides throughout Grand Prix weekend for .50 per person. Learn more about the trolley on our St. Petersburg Trolley page.

Parking 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. will be 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 USFSP garage and Tropicana Field provide accessible parking at the prevailing rate.  The USFSP garage is recommended for those with limited mobility wishing to enter the 5th Ave. S. gate 5 and the SouthCore garage is recommended for those wishing to enter the 1st Ave. S. gate 1. 

The Looper is wheelchair accessible and the Tropicana shuttle includes dedicated wheelchair accessible shuttles.

Entry Gates 1 & 5

There are two entry gates to the race course. Both gates offer wheelchair access. There will be 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. (Google Maps)
    • Wheelchair access
    • Ticket booth

  • Gate 5 - Fith Ave. S. and Second St. S. (Google Maps)
    • Wheelchair access
    • Ticket booth
    • Will call

Motorcycle Parking

Special motorcycle parking will be available utilizing a "motorcycle corral" on Central Avenue between First and Second Streets 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 Ave. N. between First and Second Streets and on Second St. S. between Central and First Avenue S.

Bicycle Racks

A large number of temporary bicycle racks will be available outside each entry gate in addition to the more than 75 permanent bicycle rack locations throughout the downtown area.

Taxi Stands

Parking Garages

Taxi Stands: Taxi stands will be located at the designated areas and offer a variety of taxi services for race days.

Street Closures

The following downtown streets will be closed or have limited access to traffic through race weekend:

  • Closed - Beach Dr. from Central Ave. to First Ave. S;
  • Closed - First St. from First Ave. S to Fifth Ave. S;
  • 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.

Since mid-February, Bayshore Drive. S.E. from First Ave. S to Fifth Ave. S will be closed to traffic for racetrack construction until Friday, April 4.  All areas affected by Grand Prix track construction are expected to reopen by April 11.  The Saturday Morning Market will NOT be held Grand Prix weekend, but returns in its regular location at Al Lang parking lot Saturday, April 5.

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.

Throughout race weekend, Albert Whitted Airport will remain 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 will also be available; however, the boat ramp will be closed.