Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg Approved To Host Fans

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Fans will be allowed during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in April. (IndyCar Photo)
Fans will be allowed during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in April. (IndyCar Photo)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Officials from the City of St. Petersburg and Green Savoree St. Petersburg LLC announced Thursday that members of City Council have unanimously approved spectator attendance at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 23-25.

At Thursday’s City of St. Petersburg Council meeting, an event plan was presented by Green Savoree St. Petersburg LLC officials and Mayor Rick Kriseman’s administration, and city council approved the resolution by a count of seven votes to zero for 20,000 spectators to attend per day. As was implemented at the October 2020 race weekend, Green Savoree St. Petersburg LLC will operate the event under specific health and safety protocols for COVID-19.

Fans should visit gpstpete.com/covid19 for more information on these essential event protocols.

“This is an important event for our local economy and will again serve to showcase and elevate the Sunshine City on the world stage,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “I am confident that the protocols in place will allow for a safe, fun race weekend in St. Pete.”

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg traditionally kicks off the IndyCar season. This year it will be the second race on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule since the postponement from the first weekend of March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The shift to a later April weekend provides the opportunity for more fans to attend.

Coinciding with this announcement, the exclusive renewal period begins Thursday for race fans who attended last year’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and purchased 3-Day tickets. These customers will have until Monday, March 15 at 5 p.m. ET to renew their 3-Day Reserved Grandstand seats or General Admission tickets. Grandstand seating will be limited capacity again to allow for social distancing between groups. Public ticket sales will open on Thursday, March 18 at 2 p.m. ET.

“This is another great day for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, our race fans and the NTT IndyCar Series. The City of St. Petersburg is always one of the crown jewel stops each season for the entire IndyCar community,” said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree St. Petersburg LLC, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “We are thankful for the support of Mayor Rick Kriseman, City Council, the City’s entire event team and Pinellas County for putting their faith in us again to operate this event and assisting us with our plan to host it The St. Pete Way with the proper precautions in place.”

“On behalf of the entire Green Savoree Racing Promotions team, thank you to the staff at Penske Entertainment and the NTT IndyCar Series and of course, Mayor Kriseman and his great team at the City, and St. Pete City Council for all their hard work in making this rescheduled date happen,” said Kevin Savoree, co-owner, president and COO of Green Savoree St. Petersburg LLC. “We’re looking forward to the last weekend in April for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. And, especially we greatly appreciate the patience of our fans as we work through all the planning. Let’s go!”

Competitors, spectators and all associated with the event will be subject to a health screening and temperature check before entry is permitted. All attendees will be required to wear masks or facial coverings at all times unless when eating or drinking with the “No Mask, No Entry” plan. Those who don’t have one will be issued a mask at the entry gates. The CDC’s recommended guideline of at least six feet of social distancing should be maintained while on site. Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations will be prevalent across the venue.

Additional event information and customer FAQs will be posted at gpstpete.com shortly. Ticket purchasers on file and also those customers who deferred tickets from the 2020 event will also receive a direct communication on the renewal and ticketing process.