There are so many ticket options for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach that it can be hard to decide which one will give you the best viewing and partying experience, depending on what you're looking for. These Grand Prix seating photos will give you an idea what the different grandstands, suite areas and track-side restaurants look like and what you'll see if you sit there.
Pre-Race activities (above) are best seen from the Pit Suites and Grandstands 27 and 29
Pit Row Suites Upper Level
Suites are the most VIP way to see the Grand Prix and the Pit Row Suites at the Long Beach Grand Prix are the top of the line because they overlook the pit action where race crews change out tires and do quick fixes during the race and the finish line. There are two levels of Pit Suites that have a view of action in the pits as well as on the track.
Champ Car Paddock
There is a lot of action to see from the Pit Suites and Pit Row ticket holders also have a view of the Champ Car Paddock.
Turn 10 with the Seaside Suites
The Seaside Suites form an L on the inside of curve 9, so depending on where you are in the suites, you can see the cars come down Seaside Way, make the 90 degree turn and head into the curve at turn 10.
Grand Prix Grandstands
Some grandstands have a view of one stretch or track. Others can see multiple curves or cars passing twice in different directions.
There are seats available in any grandstand on Friday to watch the practice laps at the Long Beach Grand Prix. The grandstands that say "Sunday Only" are available to general admission ticket holders on Friday and Saturday.
Grandstand 29 is across from the Pit Row Suites has a view of the finish line. You can't really see into the pits all that well from across the barriers.
Grandstand 27 View
View of the Long Beach Grand Prix from Grandstand 27, looking across at the Pit Suites with their red and white canopies.
Grandstand 21 is on Turn 10 at the Long Beach Grand Prix. On the far left end (looking toward the track) you might also get a peek at the hairpin Turn 11.
Grandstands on the Two-Way Stretch by The Pike
Grandstand 7 which is at a diagonal across Turn 6 has views of more track than any other Grandstand, including cars going one direction on Shoreline Drive into Turn 1, coming back the other way around Turn 6 and heading up Pine Avenue into Turn 7 (barely a bend).
Grandstand 5 across from Turn 1 can see the cars heading into turn 2 straight ahead. It also has a view of turn 5 looking right and Turn 6 looking left. Grandstand 6 is in between them with not quite as good a view as either of the other two. All three of these Grandstands have the down side that they look into the sun most of the day.
Grandstands 36 on the other side of the street doesn't look into the sun,and has a pretty good view of Turn 6 and a lesser view of Turn 1 and Turn 7. Grandstand 40, right next to it is inside Turn 1, which is a pretty exciting turn, but because some cars round that turn very close to the barrier, you don't necessarily have a great view of them from Grandstand 40 if you're down low. The ones that take it wide you can see fine.
From all of these Grandstands, the higher up you sit, the better your chance of seeing cars going in the other direction across the barrier. The best views of this stretch are from the Super Photo Towers, which require a special ticket.
Super Photo Tower near Turn 1
Special elevated grandstands are reserved for Super Photo Ticket holders. Super Photo tickets do NOT provide access to press photo areas. This is the view from the Super Photo tower near Turn 1 looking at grandstand 40 at the Long Beach Grand Prix. This view is from the right side of this tower, where you only really see cars coming from one direction.
Super Photo Tower
This is the left side view from the Super Photo tower near Turn 1 at the Long Beach Grand Prix, where you can catch cars moving in both directions at once. Bring a long lens, so you can shoot past the TV camera operators vying for the view.
The Super Photo Tower at Turn 6 in front of the Hyatt Hotel and rainbow Lagoon is at one end of a small stretch in front of The Pike Outlets between turn 6 and turn 1 where the course doubles back on itself. You can see cars going both directions at once with a barrier in between. You see the back of the cars heading into Turn 1, then cars approaching from Turn 5 and rounding the 90 degree Turn 6 and heading up the hill on Pine Avenue.
Super Photo Tower at Turn 11
Turn 11 is a hairpin turn and there's a Super Photo Tower right above it to catch those tight maneuvers
A Super Photo Ticket is required for these elevated grandstands.
View from Cyclone Bridge
There are many interesting vantage points open to all ticket holders, including the view from the Cyclone Bridge at The Pike Outlets. Most the the view from the Cyclone bridge is blocked during the races, but there's a bit of a view of Turn 1 at the top of the stairs.
The bridge over Rainbow Lagoon in front of the Hyatt Hotel is another accessible viewing point for all ticket holders at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Viewing from the Convention Center
Spectators view the Grand Prix from the north end of the Long Beach Convention Center where they can see cars coming up Pine Avenue and rounding Turn 8 onto Seaside Way.
Spectators on the Grass
If you don't like the the view from the grandstands, there's always the grass.
Pine Avenue View
American Le Mans cars race by the California Pizza Kitchen on Pine Avenue in Long Beach
View from California Pizza Kitchen
The view of the Long Beach Grand Prix course on Pine Avenue from California Pizza Kitchen at the Pike. Trackside restaurants are only open to ticket holders because they are inside the gate.
Grand Prix from Auld Dubliner
You can enjoy a pint and the view of the Long Beach Grand Prix course on Pine Avenue from Auld Dubliner at the Pike.
From the Neighborhood
Some of the best views of the Long Beach Grand Prix are from condos and apartments overlooking the course.
Strategically placed video screens show parts of the race you can't see from your particular grandstand seats.
More Long Beach Grand Prix photos:
Long Beach Grand Prix Race Photos
Long Beach Grand Prix Fun Photos