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St. Pete Grand Prix: What to know if you go

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St. Petersburg celebrates ten years of Grand Prix racing this weekend at the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg celebrates ten years of Grand Prix racing this weekend at the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

St. Petersburg celebrates ten years of Grand Prix racing this weekend at the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will wave the green flag to kick off the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener on Sunday, March 30. The event will feature many activities for racegoers.

Here's everything you need to know, if you go-

The following roads are closed or will have limited access through race weekend:

Closed:

  • First St. S. from First Ave. S. to Fifth Ave. S.
  • First Ave. S. from First St. to Bayshore;
  • Beach Dr. from Central Ave. to First Ave. S;
  • Bayshore Dr. SE from First Ave. S. to Dali Blvd. (Fifth Ave.)
Limited access:

  • Second Ave. S. from First to Second Sts.,
  • First St. S. from Fifth Ave. S. (Dali Blvd.) to Eighth Ave. S.
  • Sixth Ave. S. from Second to First Sts.
  • Albert Whitted Park is also closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
  • Following Sunday's checkered flag, race officials expect all roads and areas affected by the Grand Prix to reopen by April 11, with some major roads open as early as Monday.

Airport Access -

Albert Whitted Airport will remain open throughout the weekend, with limited access via Sixth Ave. S. Access to USF-St. Petersburg, the Coast Guard station, the Port of St. Petersburg, and Demen's Landing will be permitted; however, the boat ramp will be closed.

Entry Gates -

Two points of entry allow race fans easy access the track. Gate 1 is located at First Ave. S. and First St. S., while Gate 5 is located at Fifth Ave. S. and Second St. Both gates are wheelchair-accessible and allow intermittent track crossings, which are posted at each gate. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or it's your first IndyCar race, the Firestone Grand Prix Spectator Guide provides all you need to know to enjoy your day. Visit www.gpstpete.com under Event Information tab.

Race Tickets -

Tickets for the Firestone Grand Prix are still available. One, two and three-day tickets, group discounts for 10 or more, reserved seating or general admission and paddock passes are from $20 to $135.

You can purchase tickets by phone at 877-283-5385 or www.gpstpete.com; prices include all taxes and service charges. Tickets purchased onsite at Gate 1 (First St. and First Ave.) or Gate 5 (Second St.and Fifth Ave. S.) will incur additional fees. For more information, visit www.gpstpete.com.

Parking Information

Downtown Parking - More than 25,000 parking spaces are available within a mile of the race track for race fan parking, including two city-owned garages.

Parking at MidCore/Sundial (enter from Second St. between First and Second Aves. N.) or South Core (enter from the south side between First Ave. S. and Second Sts.) will cost $5 on today and $10 on Saturday and Sunday.

The USF-St. Petersburg parking garage and selected lots offer the closest proximity to Gate 5. Parking is available Saturday and Sunday only in designated areas and will cost $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 be subject to towing.

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. Temporary disabled parking is available on Central Ave.between First and Second Streets.for those holding valid Disabled Person Parking Permit placards. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis today through Sunday. Additional disabled parking is available in city garages, at Tropicana Field just inside the gate on 10th St. S. 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 wishing to enter Gate 1.

Trop Park-n-Ride Shuttle - Parking is available at Tropicana Field in Lots 6A and 7A for $10, where race fans can ride a free Grand Prix shuttle to the track. The free shuttle operates today, Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fans should enter from Third Ave. S. or Fifth Ave. S. Shuttle stops are located on the 10th St. between 2nd and 3rd Aves. S. and on 4th Ave. S. between 2nd and 3rd Sts., only a one-block walk to the track. The free Tropicana Field shuttle includes dedicated wheelchair-accessible trolleys

Find additional parking information and maps at www.stpete.org/grandprix.

Other Ways to Get to the Race -

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 Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Looper stops are located near the Bayfront Hilton, 333 First St. S., or the Hampton Inn and Suites, 80 Beach Dr. NE. 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 Central Ave. between First and Second Sts. on Saturday and Sunday. Spaces are first-come, first-served and will cost $5. Permanent parking for motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles is located on First Ave. N., between First and Second Sts., and on Second St. between Central Ave. and First Ave. S.,

Use Pedal Power - In addition to the more than 75 permanent bicycle racks located throughout downtown, a large number of temporary bicycle racks are available outside Gate 1 and Gate 5.

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

Get the Inside Scoop -

Need to know what's going on inside the track? Look for the city's crew of volunteer Street Ambassadors from the city of St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Chamber and Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater, wearing white Firestone T-shirts and red ball caps, outside of Gate 5 (Second St. S. and Fifth Ave. S.), at Gate 1 (First Ave. SE and First St.) at downtown shuttle stops, and around the track handing out maps and providing fans with directions, parking and ATM locations and other city information.

Forgot sunscreen, need earplugs or an events schedule? Street Ambassadors will make sure race fans are properly equipped for a sunny, street-legal track experience.

Go Mobile -

Embrace the Race with all the trackside action at your fingertips with www.StpPeteFans.com. Access race schedules, maps, parking options, transportation, emergency information and other downtown events throughout race weekend. New this year, fans can speed into savings with the Grand Prix Digital Coupon Book featuring discounts on a variety of goods and services, including restaurants, shopping, attractions and activities, accommodations, transportation and other services.

Get Social -

Stay on top of the action at the track, follow your favorite team or driver and learn what's going on in downtown St. Petersburg on Twitter using the official Grand Prix hashtag #FirestoneGP. Or follow @StPeteFL, @VSPC, @GPSTPETE, @IndyCar, @WCRacing, @ProMazda or @USF2000 for the latest updates, get behind the race with #EmbraceTheRace or share photos and comments on Facebook. Join the conversation at www.stpeteorg/mobile/GPsocial.htm.

Safety -

The city of St. Petersburg and the Firestone Grand Prix work hard to keep everyone safe at events like this weekend's Grand Prix. Race fans are reminded to report any suspicious activity observed while at the track to the nearest law enforcement official as part of the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign.

Additional Information -

The Dali Museum will be closed during Grand Prix weekend. Museum patrons are invited to visit The Dali when it reopens on Monday, March 31, at 10 a.m. Through April 2, free patron parking is available in the east end of the Dolphin parking lot with complimentary transportation to and from the museum. The shuttle operates between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.through April 2, running approximately every 15 minutes.

The Mahaffey Theater Box Office will be closed through April 2 due to the Grand Prix. Theater tickets may be purchased at www.themahaffey.com or at 727-893-7832.

Race fans using I-4 to attend the Grand Prix should take note of planned road closures during race weekend. On Saturday, March 29, westbound I-4 will close from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. while eastbound I-4 will close on Sunday, March 30, from

6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic will be detoured using the Polk Parkway, U.S. 98 and U.S. 92, while CSX makes repairs to railroad crossings on Kathleen Road that require the closure of interstate lanes.

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