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US Grand Prix F1 Seating Guide
Circuit of the Americas (COTA)


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About The 2021 US Grand Prix in Austin. The weekend activities will take place Friday, October 22nd - Sunday, October 24th. The Circuit of Americas track is located about 15 miles outside of Austin off the SH130 toll road, which you can access from downtown by taking I-35 south to highway 71 east. There are four main parking areas next to the track and a ‘park and ride’ service is also available with service leaving from just behind the downtown Fairmont Hotel. Your ticket on Friday and Saturday includes a FREE concert. Friday night's performer is Twenty One Pilots. Twenty One Pilots has emerged as one of the most successful bands of the 21st century. The duo grinded towards this moment following the mainstream breakout of 2015’s Blurryface which certified quadruple-platinum in the U.S. and sold seven million copies worldwide. On Saturday night, Billy Joel, the multi-GRAMMY® award-winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Billy Joel will take the stage for the first time in Austin since the 90's. The iconic performer is sure to rock the audience with his numerous hits, including, “It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me,” “Uptown Girl,” "Piano Man," and “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Concert Upgrade Passes put you in front of the concert stage with a private restroom and bar are available through eSeats.com.

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Tentative Weekend Schedule
Friday Practice Rounds 9:00-10:30 and 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Concert starts around 7:30 pm
Saturday Qualifying 2:00 pm - till 3:00 pm
Concert starts around 7:30 pm
Sunday Race - 12:10 pm- 2:10 pm

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US Grand Prix Track Overview

Most Popular Stands - Turn 12 and Turn 15

Turn 12 - The Turn 12 stand has quickly become one of the most popular locations for fans to watch the race. The cars come screaming down the backstretch heading towards the final few turns and stand 12 is in the perfect location to catch all the action. Stand 12 consists of 14 sections that go 36 rows high and 26 seats across. Section 9 within Turn 12 stand would put you closest to the Turn 12 turning area. The fence goes up to about row 6. With Turn 12 stand we suggest bringing a stadium seat cushion since Turn 12 has bleacher style seating. Choose a LOT "F" parking pass.

Turn 12 Stand Circuit of the Americas

Turn 12 Section 5 - Looking Left

Turn 12 Section 5 - Looking Right


View of Turn 12 Stand & Cota Club from Turn 15 Stands


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Turn 15 - Situated in the last set of turns before the drivers make their way to the PIT and the Finish Line, Turn 15 has become one of the most popular and exciting locations to sit. Turn 15 consists of 25 sections broken down by the Small and Large Stand. The Small Stand goes from Section 1 - 7 and the Large Stand goes from Sections 8 through 25. Each section is 35 rows high and 16 seats across. Seats above row 5 have no obstructions and look over the fence. With Turn 15 stand seats we suggest you choose a LOT "F" parking pass. -The fence goes up to about row 6. Turn 15 is a premium grandstand with seat backs and cup holders.  Which section is the best place to sit in Turn 15?  Honestly, they're all good.  Sections 1-7 will put you closest to the hairpin turn and Sections 8-25 will give you excellent views of the cars making their passes while accelerating towards the overpass located just past section 25.   My personal preference would be to sit in Turn 15 sections 8-15 as the seats in these sections give you an excellent view of the hairpin turn as well as you get to see all the action as the cars zoom past eachother on the way to the overpass at the end of Turn 15.   Another question we get is how high up do I need to be to see the action?  The simple answer is not too high and not too low.   Rows 5 and higher have no obstructions from the fence.  The prices go up after row 12 and row 25 due to the price changes set by the COTA box office, but personally I found the seats around row 10 to be ideal to take in all the action.  Not too high and not too low.

Turn 15 Premium Grandstands
Turn 15 Seating Chart

Turn 15 US Grand Prix Sections

Panorama View From Turn 15

View From Turn 15 Section 3

View from Turn 15 Section 3

View From Turn 15 Section 18


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Turn 1 - Coming out of the pit the drivers will scream past the stands in Turn 1. In Turn 1 there are 8 sections. Section 1 is closest to the Main Grandstand and Section 8 is the furthest away from the Main Grandstands. The stands in Turn 1 go 66 rows high and about 20 seats across in each section. The fence goes up to about row 6. For Turn 1 stand, we recommend parking in LOT "T". Turn 1 is a premium grandstand with seat backs and cup holders.

View from Turn 1 - To your left you can see the Main Grandstand Area and the Paddock Club. To your right you can see the main straightaway where cars will reach their top speeds. Turn 1 is one of the most popular reserved seating areas.

Turn 1 Circuit of America US Grand Prix


The Main Grandstand - The view from the Main Grandstand is simply amazing: At the start the race cars will get into a line up in formation on the racetrack according to their qualifying runs. The race car will be reving their engines super load and will await the red lights go out. From the start the formula one drivers will make their moves to advance the 134 foot hill into Turn 1. When the race comes to the end, fans sitting in the Main Grandstand area will be able to see the winning car take the checkered flag and soon thereafter the winner will come to the podium to soak themselves in Champagne!

The Paddock Club is located across
from the Main Grandstand

View from Main Grandstand Reserved Seating Area: Across the track you can see the Paddock Club and to your right you can see the views out towards Turn 1. To your left is the Finish Line and to your right is the Starting Area. We recommend parking pass for Lot L.

View from the Main Grandstand Area F1 Austin

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Main Grandstand 4 levels:

  • Main Grandstand Lower Boxes - Located in the first 9 rows off the racetrack and go 16 seats across. The top row of this section is reserved for handicap seating. There are 23 Boxes going from section 101-123. Section 101 is closest to the Finish Line and 123 is closest to the Starting area. Seats are NOT under cover.
  • Mezzanine Level Boxes - (4A/B-17A/B) - Located just above the Main Grandstand Boxes and go from sections 4A/B to 17A/B. Mezzanine Boxes are 4 rows high and 6 seats across and offer visitors to the Circuit of the Americas a more intimate, less crowded seating option within the Main Grandstand Area. Section #4A/B would put you closest to the Finish Line, 17 A/B closest to the Starting area. Seats are covered so you are protected from the sun and rain.
  • Main Grandstand 200 LEVEL or Club Level seats - Located just above the Mezzanine Level Boxes and goes from section 204 to 217 with section 204 being closest to the Finish Line and 217 being closest to the starting area of the race. The 200 Level goes 14 rows high with the top row reserved for handicap seating and 16 seats across. Any of these sections offers you blissful views of the track and the Paddock area. Seats are covered so you are protected from the sun and rain.
  • Velocity Lounge Access - Party atmoshpere at the top of the Main Grandstand Area - accessible to all with Club Level or 200 LEVEL tickets in the Main Grandstand Area..

Main Grandstand Loge Suite Boxes

Loge Suite Boxes - Best option for small intimate groups up to 8 persons
Located just past turn 20 at the beginning of the Main Grandstand area. Across from the starting area of the race. 8 Seats for each day of the race. VIP Pit Walks. Waiter Service. Awning covers. Elevated above lower grandstand, so nothing behind or below you. 2 VIP parking Passes. Full time security

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BLEACHER SEATING

Turn 9 stands has 9 sections and goes 37 rows high and 26 rows across. This is a fun place to sit to watch the cars reach top speeds as they move down the track. For this section I would recommend getting seats in the top 10 rows for the best viewing areas. We recommend Parking LOT "L".

Turns 3, 4, 5, 11 - Turn 11 consists of two separate stands the first with 8 sections each going 27 rows high and about 26 seats across. Section 8 would put you closest into the turn 11 and on the other side of the turn the stands here have an additional 14 sections each also going 27 rows high and 26 seats across. The closest section coming out of turn 11 would be section 1. For these sections we recommend Parking Lot L.

Turn 4 Grandstand ( Not available for 2021 ) - The Turn 4 Grandstand is in the ideal position to watch the action on the outside of these corners, with a giant video screen opposite to keep up with the race.

New for 2021

Turn 18 Bleachers - Seat type: 
Bench-style bleachers

The Turn 18 bleachers are located just on the outside of turn 18. You’ll have a view of the cars passing along from turn 18, turning at 19 in front of the stand, and making their way towards the final turn 20. On qualifying day, the cars will line up and begin to build up speed for the all-important quali run. On race day, desperation takes hold as exciting moves can be expected as the Grand Prix draws to an epic conclusion. This stand is also close to the Grand Plaza, putting the fans here in prime position to see the race and enjoy the fan zone atmosphere and concessions.

Turn 19 Grandstand - Seat type: Comfortable chairs with seat backs and cup holders

The Turn 19 Grandstand sits perpendicular to the new stand at turn 18, the cars will exit turn 18 and tackle the next corner head on with this grandstand. Fans will see the cars change direction and line up for the final corner at turn 20 before finishing the lap.

 

General Admission Tickets - This is the most economical way to take in all three days of the US Grand Prix in Austin. The General Admission area at COTA (Circuit of The Americas) has gained a great reputation for being one of the best general admission experiences in motorsports. Thanks to the many hillsides and elevation changes, you're sure to find the perfect grassy area to place a folding chair or a blanket and take in all the action. GA areas are located throughout the Circuit in close proximity to concessions and merchandise areas. All patrons, including GA ticket holders get access to watch the concerts at the end of the day.

General Admission Seating Areas Circuit of Americas

GA area near Turn 5 at COTA
GA General Admission Seating at US Grand Prix Circuit of America

Hospitality Options

SI (Sports Illustrated) Club
Located just past Turn 12 Grandstand facing towards Turn 13. Capacity for around 200-250 persons, the SI Club is a two level air conditioned structure with open seating. All inclusive of food, soft drinks, beer and wine. Chef cooked meals 2x a day with snacks in between.

Price per person ~ Please inquire as pricing is dynamic

  • Elevated two-story hospitality lounge located at exciting Turn 12
  • Enclosed, climate controlled downstairs with an outdoor porch
  • Open-air, covered upstairs with seating and 360 degree view
  • Premium food and beverage offerings throughout the day with premium open bar
  • Premium Parking Pass for every 4 tickets purchased
  • VIP Concert Entry w/priority access to upgrades
  • Executive Restrooms
  • Exclusive SI Club Merch Items for Sale





    Paddock Club

    Located opposite the Main Grandstand above the Team Garages on the Main Straight, Covered - Hospitality
    Enjoy gourmet hospitality, bars offering beer, wine and champagne, F1 driver appearances and more
    A chance to walk down the pit lane and take photos of the teams working on the cars
    A guided tour of the Formula 1 Paddock where you can watch teams and drivers interact

Turn 13 Trackside
Located just before the final turn between 13 and 14. All inclusive food, soft drinks, beer and wine. Chef cooked meals 2x a day with snacks in between. Chef prepared meals, all of which is inclusive ( as well as beer, wine, etc). Temperature controlled. Indoor and outdoor seating

Skybox 13 - Semi Private 30 Person Box
Open-air, shaded semi-private boxes located at Turn 13. Includes daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, as well as all-inclusive beer, wine, & soft drinks (cash bar for liquor/mixed drinks). Exclusive Pit Lane Walk on Thursday. 1 complimentary parking pass per every 6 people. Perfectly located in the Turn 12 complex, views of 8 turns


Concert Upgrade Passes Available

Located in front of stage
Private restroom and bar
TBD - Friday night after the race
Billy Joel- Saturday night after the race - As a multi-GRAMMY® award-winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Billy Joel will take the stage for the first time in Austin since the 90's. The iconic performer is sure to rock the audience with his numerous hits, including, “It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me,” “Uptown Girl,” "Piano Man," and “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

Click the map below for a detailed map of the Festival Lawn in the Back Straight Away

US Grand Prix Concert Area

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Parking at COTA - US Grand Prix

Driving Directions to COTA
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617
from Downtown Austin


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