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Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix tickets on sale Sunday: The price might surprise you

Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix tickets on sale Sunday: The price might surprise you

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Tickets go on sale June 10 Courtesy of COTA
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Map of the track. Courtesy of COTA
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Aerial rendering of The Circuit of the Americas track. Courtesy of COTA
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The day has finally come. After more than a year of hurdling problems with cash, partners and even Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone himself, and after months of selling those high dollar personal seat licenses (PSL), the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), home to the United States Grand Prix (USGP), is ready to start selling tickets to the average Joe.

Considering this Formula 1 race, to be held Nov. 18, will be the Super Bowl of racing in the United States, you might think the ticket price would be at Super Bowl prices — it's not. In fact, it's downright reasonable.

You can grab a three-day general admission pass for a mere $159. The G.A. ticket gets you berm seating all over the track, and you can wander around at will.

Grandstand tickets at the favored turns will cost more of course, from $269 to $499. Still, even the best ticket available (without a PSL) will be cheaper than many folks will pay a ticket broker for the Texas vs. OU football game this year.

“Information provided by the public was crucial as we finalized prices for the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix," said Circuit Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Geoff Moore in a press release. 

"We received fan input from extensive customer surveys and through market research from other Grands Prix and comparable premier, international, multi-day sporting events. In the final analysis, we wanted to make this event affordable to F1 fans around the country. Whether they want a reserved seat or the freedom to explore our expansive facility with a general admission ticket, they will enjoy great views and amenities.”

The most valuable amenity attached to the tickets might be round-trip shuttle service. COTA will lease hundreds of buses to get people into the site which holds 120,000 people but only 16,000 cars.

The shuttles will run at Park and ride locations around the city including 15th Street and Trinity Street downtown, the Travis County Expo Center in eastern Travis county, and at a location in southeast Travis County to be announced later this summer.

Here are the ticket prices listed by COTA. You can look at our attached circuit map to get a feel for where the various seats are located.

Seating Area                   Three-Day Ticket Price Per Person
General Admission                           $159
Grandstand - Turn 11                       $269
Grandstand - Turns 2, 3, 4 and 5      $299
Grandstand - Turn 12 (lower rows)  $399
Grandstand - Turn 12 (upper rows)  $499

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Tickets will be sold beginning Sunday, June 10 at www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com/tickets, www.ticketmaster.com (use the search terms “Circuit of The Americas” or “Formula 1 United States Grand Prix”), or by dialing the Ticketmaster hotline: 800.745.3000.