Canadian GP: exorbitant prices on resale sites


Removed from the calendar for two years, the fault of the pandemic, the Canadian Grand Prix could well register a record attendance this weekend.

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

And the only way to attend the event will be to fall back on resale sites that have sniffed out a good deal. For example, an individual ticket in the main stand (1), for the three days, could cost between $1,113 and $4,600, according to the site, consulted by The newspaper.

The better your seat is located in the upper rows, for a better view of the track, 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 placed on the circuit, but it is also one of its 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 grandstands

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

Last 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, a few places were still available as of yesterday.

It should be mentioned that the prices have not been increased since 2020, when the event was supposed to be presented before being 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 more affordable than most other destinations, including Miami, which presented its inaugural event last month. last.

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


Remember that at that time, the start/finish line and the pits were located at the exit of the hairpin on the east side of the track.

Photo archives, Chantal Poirier

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

Free on Friday

Still 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 Friday, $95 on Saturday, and $130 on Sunday.


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