Firestone Grand Prix in St. Pete could have a $40 million economic impact

Firestone Grand Prix in St. Pete could have a $40 million economic impact

A group of IndyCars race down a track in front of the glass atrium of a museum

The stage is being set for the Firestone Grand Prix in downtown St. Petersburg. Each year, thousands of spectators gather along the waterfront to watch IndyCars maneuver around tight corners in a race for sport supremacy. It’s more than just a race, though. The Firestone Grand Prix is a highly activated family-friendly event with food trucks, live performances, and tons of Grand Prix week fun and games.

It’s also a major economic driver for the city of St. Pete. Approximately 150,000 people come to the ‘Burg for the Grand Prix each year. In an interview with WUSF last year, Kim Green, Chairman and CEO of the Firestone Grand Prix, estimated that the event generates more than $40 million in economic impact.

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Thousands upon thousands of visitors rent rooms at the hotels in downtown St. Pete. Those same visitors get out and experience all that the Sunshine City has to offer. This includes hitting up our best local restaurants, touring our fantastic local museums, enjoying a drink at any of the local breweries, shopping at the boutiques and Central Avenue, and more.

The 3-day racing event returns to St. Petersburg March 13-15. Tickets to the event are available online.

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On Friday, March 13 the 8th annual Firestone Grand Prix 5k will take place on the race track. That’s right, this event benefitting the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg and American Stage will let runners travel the very same track IndyCars will travel on that weekend. The race begins at 6pm. You can register on the Firestone Grand Prix website.

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Will you attend the Firestone Grand Prix this year? Let us know in the comments!

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