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  • #258624
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    Based on my experience in stand 33, there’d be no room to take your own chairs. I’m not sure how you could use them unless you sat in the aisles? I’m not sure that would be permitted either…. But I’ve only been once before; maybe the other stands are different.

    And yes,the benches are really uncomfortable. Trying to cut costs, I took a pillow from my hotel room to sit on and it didn’t work. The seat cushions they sell at the event worked best for me, and weren’t too expensive – maybe around $12? I was so desperately uncomfortable at that point I’d have paid a lot more.

    #251248
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    Fab :)

    I’m hoping Monaco doesn’t overrun ; we’ll be catching our plane to the USA (en route to Montreal) that Sunday, and have to leave home 2 hours after the race start. Might have to catch the end of it on the airport run :)

    #250982
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    Ajae

    I’ve only been to Montreal once before, a couple of years ago, but on that occasion they checked tickets on the entrance to each grandstand. So unless you arrange to swap tickets with someone else, you have to stick to your ticketed grandstand. You can enter and exit the grandstand whenever you want though, to explore.

    Btw, in grandstand 33 you’re close to a water fountain, so you don’t have to buy bottles of water if you don’t want to. And you can buy beer at your seat.

    #250607
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    Thanks for the HGP photos. They’ll be a definite bonus for the weekend.

    #249949
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    You can probably get advice when you’re there. I found transport staff to be very helpful on previous visits, and the tourist office (on Peel St, I think) was also a good source of advice.

    My friend who lives in downtown Montreal says that the area around the bus stops on Rene-Levesque is safe, and that the airport tends not to be a busy one.

    #249930
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    Ah yes, the 747 not the 247 – so it’s not named because it runs 24/7. Doh.

    If no-one else responds, I’ll ask a friend who lives in downtown Montreal. He’ll probably have caught flights at unsociable hours too.

    #249922
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    Sorry, no, most of my flights out of Montreal have been in the evening. I know the 247 bus from downtown to the airport runs 24 hours a day (hence the name). I’m sure Tim Horton’s would be open 24 hours, if nothing else, so you’d be fine for coffee and timbits.

    #249904
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    Hi Michael,

    Did you get an answer from the ticket office re popular vs the bronze package 22?

    And to everyone else, has anyone heard whether there’ll be any big concerts on over the weekend?

    #246136
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    Noah, I’m not sure. Last time I went I opted to pick them up from the ticket office, which was just next to the Jean-Drapeau metro station. I think I picked them up on the Thursday, and that it was relatively quick and easy. When I walked past on the other days there didn’t seem to be long queues for tickets then, either. This time I’ve booked hospitality tickets (directly from the circuit) and I have no idea how or when I’ll receive them. They haven’t arrived yet, in the UK.

    #246132
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    The circuit has just announced tickets at $165 for the whole weekend, in the “Popular” grandstand which is “located at the Hairpin exit and the Casino straight entrance” http://www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca/

    I can’t load the new circuit map yet – maybe it’s still being developed.

    eta, more info at http://www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca/news/la-tribune-populaire-nouveaute-offrte-des-maintenant

    Seats aren’t allocated, but I assume they limit the numbers so seats are at least guaranteed.

    #246129
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    “whats the price of flights from the UK?
    SBL could be doing this in 2015″

    I’ve been tracking Montreal flights on Kayak for this year, and the cheapest tickets have been on Air Transat (via Canadian Affair) for around £400-500 return. But they only fly once a week.
    I go to Montreal quite often and, if I have enough time, I get a cheap flight to New York then get Amtrak to Montreal. It’s a slow but comfortable train journey (perfect for the day after flying), extremely scenic and pretty cheap. Locals seem to turn their nose up at it (lots of comments about smelly bathrooms, which I’ve never experienced), but I think that might be because public transport isn’t as socially acceptable in the USA as it is in the UK. If you like train travel, it’s great.

    #246128
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    Ben,

    I’ve been once (2012, and my first ever GP), and sat in grandstand 33. The view depends on where your seats are in the stand. I sat on the west end of the stand (section 7), but think that seats at the east end get a longer view of the cars as they approach turn 6. There wasn’t a lot of overtaking there but the cars do slow down so you get a decent view of them and there’s some nice gear-change sounds. You also get a nice view of downtown Montreal across the river, and there’s a wooded area behind the stand which you can sit in between support races and get shelter from the sun, which is full in your face at 33. There’s also a permanent structure nearby which you can shelter under if it rains. The benches are extremely hard to sit on, so it was a relief to climb down and stretch my legs. You can buy seat cushions at the circuit and I’d recommend those over taking your own cushions or pillows – the ones I borrowed from my hotel room weren’t very effective.

    To compare grandstands, I’ve found it best to go to youtube and search “Canadian grand prix grandstand” or similar. Lots of people have posted details of their seats alongside their videos, so you can get a feel for what you’re likely to see.

    How early you get there depends on whether you want to see the support races. It’s quite a walk to some of the grandstands from the metro – my memory may be a bit hazy but I’d suggest allowing 30-40 minutes to be safe. Once you’re at your stand there’s not much (if any) queuing and it’s quite easy to find your seat.

    #246107
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    I’m thinking about booking seats for myself and partner in one of the hospitality suites (Elite Restaurant, Prestige Club, Senna Club). Has anyone tried them? I can’t find many reviews online. I’m travelling with someone with health problems who needs a bit more space than we’d get in the grandstands (based on my experience of rather cramped seating in grandstand 33 a couple of years ago). Shelter from sun/rain would be a bonus. I mainly worried that we’re trading comfort for the kind of views you get from grandstands 11 or 12.

    #181049
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    xlr8r – are the covered stands the hospitality suites?

    #239597
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    Is there a deadline for it to be announced? Like many, I’ve made hotel bookings. They’re cancellable, so not as cheap as advance purchase rooms but at least I won’t lose money on them. But if I want to use frequent flier points to travel to races, I need as much notice as possible.

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