Tickets to the three-day August 29-31, 2008 Labor Day weekend celebration at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix go on-sale to the public today at 5 p.m. ET. Once again featuring the high-tech cars of the American Le Mans Series and the high-speed stars of the IndyCar Series, the Grand Prix features many family-friendly and affordable ticket options, in addition to packages aimed to please the most passionate racing fan.
The 2007 return of world-class auto racing to the Motor City provided edge-of-the-seat excitement. But enhanced competition on the racetrack coupled with more entertainment options around the picturesque Raceway at Belle Isle Park circuit and increased fan comfort features, make the Grand Prix an even hotter ticket in 2008.
“We had a wonderful event last summer with over 100,000 fans flocking to Belle Isle over Labor Day weekend, but we wanted to create an even better experience for our fans," said Bud Denker, Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Event Chairman. “We’re going to raise the bar higher with great racing from the newly-unified IndyCar Series and an even deeper, more competitive American Le Mans Series field in 2008. We’ll be making some very exciting announcements in the coming weeks on live musical entertainment performing at the Grand Prix this year. We’re offering special discounts for children and unique weekend packages to make the event even more affordable and accessible for both families and die-hard racing enthusiasts. We’ve also widened all grandstand seats to provide more comfort for the fans and we’ll have improved transportation service on and off the island."
The Grand Prix once again delivers incredible value for the entertainment dollar with tickets, on average, remaining virtually the same as they were over a decade ago for world-class auto racing in Detroit. Keeping with a Grand Prix tradition in Detroit, Friday will once again be Free Prix Day, where everyone will be admitted free of charge.
Designed for fans looking for a weekend full of access and excitement, Grand Prix “Super Tickets" return in 2008. Each “Super Ticket" includes a three-day reserved seat in the top two rows of Grandstand 1 for prime viewing of the on-track action, combined with a three-day paddock pass for unique access to the competitor garage areas. “Super Tickets" are priced at $155 each or fans can choose to purchase a two-day reserved grandstand seat in the upper rows for just $110 each. Paddock pass prices have been reduced this year, with a three-day paddock pass now just $50 for an adult and $25 for children 12 and under and single-day passes priced at $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under on Saturday and Sunday.
Single-day reserved grandstand tickets on Saturday or Sunday are $45 each in the lower rows and $65 in the upper rows. The unique Front Row Club offers reserved platform seating in the front row of a grandstand with a paddock pass, a race program and a Grand Prix hat for just $75 per ticket on Saturday or Sunday.
Every reserved grandstand ticket holder will once again receive a special commemorative ticket.
Special Motor City Club hospitality packages are also available, featuring a reserved grandstand seat, paddock pass, a program and a hat as well as access to premiere food and beverage service at the Motor City Club chalet.
General admission seating is also available at the Grand Prix with a single-day ticket costing just $25. Two-day general admission tickets are priced at just $45 each.
The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix continues its family-friendly focus in 2008 by offering reduced tickets for children 12-and-younger. Ticket prices for children are reduced by at least $10 at every reserved grandstand price point. Children 12-and-younger are also admitted free in the general admission areas when accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult.
Tickets for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will be available for purchase at detroitgp.com, ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations or by calling the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix box office at 866-464-PRIX (7749). Tickets can also be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (248) 645-6666. Please note that the top row for all reserved grandstand seating at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will be labeled as Row 1 and the next row labeled as Row 2 and so on, reflecting that premium sightlines for the race are at the top of the grandstands.
Ticket buyers will also be doing their part to help a true Detroit treasure – Belle Isle Park. The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is being organized and promoted by a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, whose chairman is Roger Penske. This charitable organization has been established to enable the net proceeds of the Grand Prix to fund measures to preserve and improve Belle Isle.
The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a signature event in what’s expected to be one of the most exciting weekends in Detroit history. “3 Days in the D" will take place on Labor Day weekend and will consist of the Grand Prix, the Detroit International Jazz Festival and Oakland County’s Arts, Beats & Eats celebration. For more information, please log on to www.visitdetroit.com. To learn more about the Grand Prix, visit the event’s official web site, www.detroitgp.com