Holy fuckola, $800 for practice & quali? Old fogey alert - I think the GA "all practices and qualifying - everything but the race" ticket at Indy for the USGP in the early 2000's was $30, possibly $40. And the race tickets were $200 for paddock penthouse at the start-finish which was considered "expensive" at the time - you could get some decent race seats for $90-100. Ye gods.
COTA doesn't take 3 hours to get there btw, unless they have torrential rains.
It's insane. That's the stubhub price. To date they have only sold 3 day tickets through official channels. (Day 1 is P1 and P2; Day 2 is P3 and Qualification; Day 3 is race.) To find tickets for a single day you need to find someone who is splitting up their tickets.
There is a very small GA area that they sold for $500 for the three days but people think it's going to be hard to see the race and the area is small. For grandstands, the prices have been: $1500 ($1700 with fees) for the last straight before the final turn into the finish and the pit/grid/garage area. $2000 ($2300 with fees) for grandstands about halfway around the track near a chicane. $2500 ($2900) for grandstands on the grid or on the strip. $3200 ($3500) for the "Max Verstappen" stand, near turn 3 (can't see the grid) where you get some swag and a chance to win a signed helmet and sit in Red Bull branded bullshit. Hospitality starts around $8,000. Tickets come with food and drinks.
The way they've been selling these tickets is pretty telling. All sorts of presales and shit to try to goose demand and then selling them in phases to increase demand. But these prices are absurd. That's why I think that a day two ticket at $800 is indicative -- I think the market will be pretty soft. Especially after the season is done and dusted in Singapore or whatever.
It's going to be interesting to see what happens in 2024. It seems to me that these are the kind of prices you can get away with once when you're dealing with a crowd that doesn't actually understand how little of the race they are going to see.
I may well end up going without a ticket and taking a chance. In the end I'm predicting I'll get a grid ticket for day 2 and a race ticket in a decent spot for under $1k.
(I've never been to COTA but have a friend that goes and said it was a real cluster getting back to Austin on Sunday from the track.)