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Old 02-16-2006, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Grand Prix of Canada, what tickets?

I'm thinking of going to the GP of Canada this year but I'm not sure what tickets I should get. Since the bleacher seats are, at a minimum, twice the price of general admission, I'd like to make sure I spend my money wisely.

What areas of the track are the GA areas? It is it just lawn seating just outside the track? The race's website has a pretty good description of the bleacher seats but not of the GA areas.

Also any thoughts on camping, getting a hotel, or staying for free in Burlington at a friend's? If I do go it will probably be for at least Saturday and Sunday.
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Old 02-16-2006, 08:00 PM   #2
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Stand 33 was where I was last year. Fun spot as the cars go very slow through there, so you have a lot of time to see them.

GP Canada was a blast...make sure you go for all 3 days. Lots of beautiful girls and the supporting race series are also very cool.

Bring earplugs if you're in sect. 33
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Old 02-16-2006, 08:10 PM   #3
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I'll be in Grand Stand 12 (or 11) this year

But, this will be my first time, so I don't know the difference between the Grand Stand tickets and the General Admission tickets. It would be interesting to know what if the GA would be enough for me, or if the GS tickets are worth it.
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Old 02-16-2006, 10:15 PM   #4
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GA isn't what it used to be... I grew up going to almost every single GP since I was born. GA was more than enough and you could even sneak into the bleachers for better seats.

With the popularity of JV, that all changed. GA is now down to a few select points along the track, one of the main ones being along the straight leading up to the hairpin. There are others, but I have yet to check them out. Still, you should get there early enough to get a spot up against the fence, which is still no more than 15-20 feet away from the track in some places.

I did get some tickets in the Turn 1-2 complex for Friday from a family friend (Ferrari Club member) and slid in between the bleachers and right up against the fence as one of the Minardi's nailed the throttle coming out of turn 2. The wave of sound actually pushed me away from the fence. Stands 11-12 are awesome especially with the action at the start, and the Ferrari Challenge races are always entertaining.
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Old 02-16-2006, 11:46 PM   #5
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Last time i went was in 2003 and I was also in 33 section..... they're going slow (slow for them) but at least you can see them...... it ended up being a busy corner on every day.... from the crashes in the 360 ferrari races to the f1 races.....

I drove with my 2 friends back and forth every day (all 3 days)..... cause we live about 1.5hr away..... if you take a hotel, book soon! cause it's nuts that weekend.....

General admission kinda sucks cause you're either watching the race along a fence.... and never have a garanteed spot.....

When I went, we brought our cooler (drinks(beer)/food) so it didn't really cost anything once we're there....

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Old 02-17-2006, 01:10 AM   #6
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I'm in Silver 11 this year. I can't wait! My wife is now hooked on F1 as well so I got her (us) tickets for Christmas.
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me and a couple friends are getting seats in grand stand 12
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:55 PM   #8
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BTW, book your hotel NOW. The GP this year will have the added provincial 'national' holiday on that weekend. If you thought GP weekend was a party, wait till you see it this year.
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Old 02-17-2006, 02:42 PM   #9
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BTW, book your hotel NOW. The GP this year will have the added provincial 'national' holiday on that weekend. If you thought GP weekend was a party, wait till you see it this year.
I forgoed that whole hotel thing, and got an apartment for the whole week. Ends up being much cheaper if you can find it

BTW, how close is Drolet street near Carré St Louis Park to the track? The map makes it look like its only a few blocks to the river.
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Old 02-18-2006, 01:28 AM   #10
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that's a sweet spot... pretty much right on a subway line (Orange Line), maybe a stop or two away from the main station where you switch lines to head to the track (Yellow line) or head downtown (Green Line). It's also a block over from St Denis Street, another good drinking street in Montreal.

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Old 02-18-2006, 09:37 PM   #11
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Hmmmm...so it sounds like the bleachers are a better bet but I'm torn over kicking out the extra cash. Are the GA areas flat or do they slope so that even if you aren't at the fence you can still see?

When do tickets start to get scarce?
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Old 02-19-2006, 09:19 AM   #12
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I've always sat in the stadium section at the hairpin. One of the good passing opportunities, and lots of banzai moves by people trying to make a pass. Good access to the metro station for in and out. There is a little bit of GA viewing there, but not too much. There are dozens of ticket scalpers outside the metro station just before the track entrance. I'm certain you can buy almost any grandstand you want from them.
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Old 02-23-2006, 02:12 PM   #13
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On the race site it says that general admission tickets get access to the race support paddock. Do bleacher seats get the same access? What about if I wanted to go watch the race from a general admission area for a little while to see a different section of track, can I do that with bleacher tickets?
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