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Canadian GP: exorbitant prices on resale sites

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Taken off the calendar for two years due to the pandemic, the Canadian Grand Prix could record a record attendance this weekend.

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As it has already been announced that the race will be sold out, fans who do not currently have tickets in their possession will have to pay the hefty price if they want to enter the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit.

And the only way to attend the event will be to rely on resale sites that have smelled a good deal. For example, a single ticket in the main grandstand (1), for the three days, could cost between $ 1,113 and $ 4,600, according to the site stubhub.ca, consulted by The newspaper.

The better the position of your seat in the upper rows, for a better view of the runway, the higher the price.

Initially, you had to pay $ 595 for the same ticket sold by the Canadian Grand Prix.

This situation applies to all stands installed on the site. Identified by Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi, Grandstand 11 is certainly one of the best positioned on the circuit, but it is also one of the most expensive.

Depending on the location, again, it will cost you, for a single three-day ticket, between $ 1092 and $ 2883. Originally, the same ticket sold for $ 470.

Two more stands

To cope with exceptionally high demand, two stands (16 and 32) have been added, others have seen their capacities increased. It is therefore foreseeable that almost 350,000 (unheard of) people in total will participate in the three days of competitions on the Île Notre-Dame.

Last time I heard, there were barely a few general admission tickets left (no reserved seats) for Friday only. In grandstand 47, the only one to offer day tickets, some seats were still available until yesterday.

It must be said that the prices have not been raised since 2020, when the event was supposed to be unveiled before it was canceled for the first time.

40 years ago

Forty years later, we can see that it obviously costs a lot more to see F1 racing in Montreal, but it’s still cheaper than most other destinations, including Miami, which unveiled its inaugural event last month.

Thus, in 1982, it cost $ 75 to occupy the main grandstand (C) in front of the pits for the three days. Today we had to pay $ 595 for the same reserved seat.

PRICE CHANGES FOR COMPARABLE TRIBUNE

We remind you that at that moment the start / finish line and the pits were at the exit of the hairpin bend on the east side of the track.


Photographic archive, Chantal Poirier

Grandstands A and B, now called “15” and “Lance Stroll”, went from $ 75 to $ 445.

Free on Friday

Even 40 years ago, the public was invited to visit the site for free on Fridays.

General admission ticket prices for Saturday and Sunday were set at $ 12 and $ 15, respectively.

Today it costs $ 65 on Fridays, $ 95 on Saturdays and $ 130 on Sundays.

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