We attended the MotoGP race at COTA last weekend and were overall pleased with the track. We had general admission tickets, since it was our first trip and I didn't have enough enough information to choose a grandstand for seating. Coming to the track Friday, we were surprised to find that our set parking pass for Lot F was not beneficial since the lot was closed due to rain the days leading up to race weekend. The lot attendants and police helping with traffic were not aware and so traffic was very backed up Friday morning. Once we got to Lot F, we were directed to another lot. When we got up to the lot, were told we couldn't park there and had to go around to the back of the circuit to the cash only lots. The attendant there was not prepared for the influx of cars who had Lot F passes and that took a few minutes before we were allowed to park. It ended up taking us 30-45 minutes each day to park - the first morning because of the chaos and the others because of traffic (and we tried making sure we were there 30 minutes before track activity started). The track facility is very nice, very big. I didn't see a lot of shuttle options to get around the track, which was fine because we wanted to see the whole track and walked it. For a GP race, Friday is just a practice day. We were surprised we couldn't access grandstands just to see views, which would have helped for deciding on seats for future races. They really need to have more restroom options around the track and the food concessions need better staffing to handle the lines quicker, we missed the last 10 laps of the Moto2 race because of the concession lines. The facility did a great job setting up. Vendor set up could have been designed better for flow, it made it hard to go to vendor tents when the lines were very, very long and packed with people.
You cannot take coolers into the track, but you can take sealed water bottles in. While that's great, it's hard to carry around while you wander the track. I'd love to see that change, $8 beers, $5.50 for water and $5 for a smaller size hot dog hurt the pocket book.
We will be back again to see races - be it MotoGP, V8 or F1. It's a great facility and we really enjoyed it.
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