A World Class F1 Powerboat Racing Event
Gulfport Grand Prix, LLC. is producing the first annual Gulfport Grand Prix featuring Formula 1 Powerboat Racing and a Boat Show. In cooperation with the City of Gulfport, the downtown area will be transformed into a mecca of activity along Shore Boulevard between 58th Street South and 54th Street South. Formula 1 Boats with a open public pit area will make the Gulfport Recreation Center home for the weekend, along with the Antique boat show as well as the Pleasure Boat Display along Shore Blvd. S. Vendor booths lining Beach Blvd. S. will serve as the main entrance and parking shuttle drop off area. This is a FREE to the public event with VIP Area Tickets available for $35.00 each.
Sanctioned by the NASF (North American Speedboat Federation) and conducted by S,P.O.R.T. (Southern Professional Outboard Racing Tour) the heated up close and personal racing action will commence at the mouth of Tampa Bay on the Boca Ciego Bay area of the intercostal just off the beach with viewing areas located in the center of the entire event. We will be kicking off the weekend’s events starting early Friday morning on April 28th by setting up of displays and pit areas. The event will conclude on Sunday evening after two full days of racing action the 30th at the conclusion of the racing award presentations.
Gulfport, Florida – Downtown Gulfport is open for business as the city welcomes two days of fast boats, world-class drivers and family fun on the waterfront during the 2017 Gulfport Grand Prix Boat Race, Friday through Sunday, April 30. As the inaugural event kicks off, downtown Gulfport offers spectacular trackside waterfront views for fans of all ages.
Everyone is welcome to visit Gulfport’s dining and retail district before, during, and after the race for special discounts and race-themed festivities at participating businesses.
The following roads are closed or will have limited access during race weekend:
- Beach Boulevard from 31st Avenue to Shore Boulevard South
- Shore Boulevard from 54th through 56th Streets.
- The Municipal Beach Parking Lot
- The Gulfport Recreation Parking Lot
- 58th Street South of the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Boulevard South.
- The Recreation Field, 5730 Shore Boulevard South
- The Gulfport Casino Dock Area, 5500 Shore Boulevard South
The Casino Dock area is closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Following Sunday’s checkered flag, all roads and areas affected by the Grand Prix are expected to reopen by Monday, May 1, with some major roads open as early as Sunday evening, April 30th at 9 p.m.
Entry Gate - The main entrance is located at Beach Boulevard South and 31st Avenue South. The main entrance is wheelchair-accessible. If you cannot enter at the main gate on Beach Boulevard and 31st Avenue South, 58th Street and Shore Boulevard South is another access point to the event’s area. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or it’s your first race, the Grand Prix Spectator website provides everything you need to enjoy your day.
Race Tickets – Public viewing is free, but for the real race fans a VIP tent area with a full bar and food is available for purchase. A hot commodity for race weekend, tickets for the VIP area are still available. VIP tickets are $35.00 per day. Purchase tickets by phone at 727-798-0011. Prices include all taxes and service charges. Tickets can be purchased onsite Saturday and Sunday at the VIP tent, or from O’Maddy’s or Fish Restaurant Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The offsite parking locations inside the City of Gulfport are as follows:
Ted Philips Wood Ibis Park
- 58th Street South and 28th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
- 5501 28th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
Multipurpose Senior Center
- 5501 27th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
Chase Park / Museum / Scout Hall
- 5315 28th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
- 2401 53rd Street South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
Holy Name Church Grass Lot
- 5800 15th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
Gulfport Municipal Marina
- 4630 29th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33711
49th Street Neighborhood Center
- 1617 49th Street South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
- 5690 23rd Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
On street parking on the North bound lane of 58th Street from 28th Avenue to Shore Boulevard.
Beach Boulevard South
Empty Parking lot behind (Wells Fargo Bank)
- 2000 49th Street South Gulfport, Florida 33707
The offsite parking locations outside the City of Gulfport are as follows:
Winn Dixie, Store #2411
- 6851 Gulfport Boulevard South, Pasadena, Florida 33707
Thurgood Marshall School
- 3901 22nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
Downtown Parking – City of Gulfport downtown parking is always free and open to the Public. Motorists are encouraged to observe all posted parking regulations to avoid parking citations or vehicle relocation.
Free Ride Service – Event Connections, a free shuttle service, will be operating between the offsite parking locations for the duration of the Grand Prix event.
GetGO is a 6 passenger electric vehicle, with volunteer drivers, that will pick up residents or visitors and deliver them to their desired destination in Gulfport! Gulfport GetGO at your service: Sunday through Thursday - 10am to 10pm, Friday & Saturday - 10am to Midnight. Simply call (727) 542-7757.
Disabled Parking/Amenities – The Gulfport Grand Prix is designed to provide equal opportunity enjoyment for all whom attend this family friendly free and open to the public event. Free disabled on-street parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Temporary disabled parking is available on Shore Boulevard South between the Beach parking lots east entrance and Clinton Street South for those holding valid Disabled Person Parking Permit placards. Accessible Free of Charge Handicap Seating is available on first-come, first-served bases on the south west side of the Gulfport Casino’s cement pad area at 5500 Shore Boulevard South. VIP Accessible Seating as part of the VIP Section is available off the north east corner of the VIP tent. VIP tickets are $35.00 each per day. Accessible Handicap Restrooms are located throughout the event in both permanent and portable restroom facilities.
Use Pedal Power - In addition, bicycle racks are located throughout the downtown waterfront area.
Safety - The City of Gulfport and the Grand Prix organizers work hard to keep everyone safe at events like this. Race fans are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the nearest law enforcement agency as part of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.
Additional Information - The Gulfport Casino will be closed during Grand Prix weekend, April 28-30, and patrons are invited to visit the ballroom when it reopens on Monday, May 1, at 8 a.m.