Austin Formula 1 Grand Prix organizers have said that tickets to the race sold so well that they've decided to add more seating – according to the circuit chart, everything but premium grandstand seating is all gone.

Just a few days ago, ESPN F1 reported that the Circuit of the Americas was considering more grandstands between turns 9 and 10 and turns 10 and 11 "in place of other types of seating that had been planned for those areas." Now it's done: grandstands have been added at those two spots adding space for 15,000 more butts come race weekend.

What'll it run you? A search on Ticketmaster for one ticket yielded a grandstand seat at Turn 9 for $315.24 for the three-day weekend, plus shipping and any fees. If that's too rich, General Admission tickets for $171.99, inclusive of fees, are still in stock.


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      Gregster
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's 315$ for a 3 day pass including Friday and Saturday.... I don't get why people are complaining? My tickets for the Canadian Grand Prix cost 460$ for 3 days. I can't wait to be at the race in Austin !
      Fabienne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing track. With the extra seating, hopefully they will also remember to include extra accommodations like bathroom facilities, restaurants and some awnings for the rain. An amazing track but it is out in a rural area, with limited parking-spaces available available so I hope they make the audience (and the local residents comfortable.) The budgets and global TV audiences for F1 is much bigger than any American racing series even combined. Estimates for Ferrari's racing budget in 1999 were around 240 million USD and so this facility has a huge potential for great racing but if not executed with associated amenities, it could also default. The locals will be able to rent their homes on race week for a small fortune, if they choose. Wondering how the residents will cope with this huge change in their environment? Making a world-class facility is no small architectural endeavor and if Texas can meet the challenges that this facility will present, the annual F1 race will be an event perhaps as great as the Kentucky Derby. Then again, the locals may not like the other smaller series demanding time on their track and in their neighborhood. Wondering what else the developers have in mind for this space on the off season and if the locals are ready for full-time racing awakening their space.
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fabienne
        I'm also wondering how the F1 teams will take to a rural setting because they also like to be entertained during their week long visit. As an example the drivers and teams love going to Montreal because of the buzzing night life and restaurants.
          Jake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          It isn't exactly rural. Not far from downtown Austin. Anyway, too rich for my blood.
          RBS
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Montreal has more restaurants than Austin
          jbm0866
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          The track is only 19 miles from Austin which plenty of nightlife and probably as many or more restaurants than Montreal...
      rusrulz1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Suck it up and throw down the cash. We need to show support and respect for F1 racing. This year will set the tone for future events at this track. It is kinda like going to the Master's for golf. Expect to pay these price for a world-class great weekend. I am sure those sitting on the couch will regret not being in AUSTIN FOR F1.
      Jerry Hightower
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was going to go but since only 3 day passes are offered me and a lot of others won't be attending. No single day passes are offered. After purchase of a 3 day ticket of $172 plus $20 for parking it leaves little room for concessions and souveniers. One can only hope the other race series aren't as ridiculous.
        rtkewley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jerry Hightower
        Same here. I live in Dallas, so it would be reasonably convenient, but ~$300 for a decent seat is more than it's worth to me, even as a long time F1 fan. Supply and demand, I'm afraid - maybe next year...
        Kimithechamp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jerry Hightower
        Wish you'd been able to go, but I'm coming from KC and spending more than what you talked about so I can't say I'm sorry.
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jerry Hightower
        Yes F1 tickets are expensive compared to other racing series but you have to understand that this the 'World Championship' and not a domestic series where the budgets are a fraction compared to F1. Try buying a ticket to any big international event and see the ticket prices. eg. the Olympics, US Open, Wimbledon, World Cup Soccer, etc...
      Ty35
      • 2 Years Ago
      "plus shipping and any fees" Ticketmaster, fees? No way!
      mojonaut
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like another dull Herman Tilke designed blandfest. Shame. As for how local residents will deal with racing going in there.... Probably the same as any other full-time circuit in the world. It's a consideration no matter the facility.
        rtkewley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mojonaut
        I don't disagree about the antiseptic nature of Tilke's tracks, but Austin does at least have the advantage of rolling natural terrain. Also, it's hardly fair to judge a track that hasn't been raced on and in fact isn't even complete.
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mojonaut
        Commentary so far has been very positive from the drivers. From a F1 fan point of view the track looks nice as well with some elevations and speedy turns. It's no Spa, but then neither will any modern track ever be like Spa.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      A bit pricey. I guess I'll be watching it on TV.
      Ross
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ouch. My incredibly awesome Indy 500 ticket high in Turn 1 was about $90, and that race was amazing. But $300+ for a 3-day pass and $170+ for an F1 race? Nah, I'll wait for V-8 Supercars, ALMS, and IndyCar (hopefully) before I visit CotA. The competition closer, the racing more exciting, and it is more affordable.
      Ronzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      still not enough parking...
      Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      They have focused their attention on the jet set, getting helicopter transport figured out, but little else. Even if you buy a ticket: No walk-ins, no bicycles, no camping, RV spot costs $15K. Poor folk can only take a shuttle - like that won't suck. Six hours waiting on line in Austin to spend two hours in a swelting bus driving out there. Perhaps my faith in the small-fry is over rated, but I think their price-exclusion will be their downfall.
      mattmnx
      • 2 Years Ago
      A lot of the locals have had concerns about the traffic getting to and from the race track. From what I understand the track will be ready but the road infrastructure changes are not coming until next year. Now they are adding even more seats? Maybe all the local worries are bunk. For the folks attending I sure hope so.
      TrippulG3
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will be my first Formula 1 race...is it normal at other venues to only sell full weekend passes and no 1- or 2-day passes? I've been to a handful of ALMS races, and they've always offered 1-day passes. I mean, I was planning on attending the entire weekend in Austin anyway, but it just struck me as a little odd.
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