The Red Bull Air Race World Championship makes a welcome return to San Diego on the 15-16 April 2017. Set on the Pacific coast of California the location provides the perfect backdrop for a race.

San Diego last hosted a Red Bull Air Race back in 2009 and proved extremely popular with the fans that have often asked when the Air Race would return, well 2017 is the answer.

Nicolas Ivanoff won in the skies above the Pacific coast back in 2009 and he'll be looking to do it again in 2017 when the Red Bull Air Race returns.

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SAN DIEGO
Red: First Lap (Gates 1-8)
Grey: Second Lap (Gates 8-15)


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Day Local Time Event Location
Saturday 15 Apr - Qualifying Day 11:30 Doors open
11:45 CHALLENGER CLASS - Free Practice
12:45 Side Act - Alex Mason Slack Line
12:45 Side Act - Geoff Aaron Trial
12:55 Side Act - AquaFly
13:10 Side Act - Red Bull Air Force Fast Canopy Jump
13:30 MASTER CLASS - Free Practice
15:00 Side Act - Geoff Aaron Trial
15:15 CHALLENGER CLASS – Qualifying
15:20 Side Act - Alex Mason Slack Line
15:45 Side Act - Athletes Autograph Session
16:00 MASTER CLASS – Qualifying
17:35 Side Act - Pal Takats Paraglider
17:45 Side Act - Red Bull Air Force Wing Suit Jump
17:50 Side Act - BO105 Aerobatic Helicopter
18:00 Doors Close
Sunday 16 Apr - Race Day 11:30 Doors open
12:00 CHALLENGER CUP
12:05 Side Act - Alex Mason Slack Line
12:30 Side Act - Geoff Aaron Trial
12:40 Side Act - AquaFly
12:55 Side Act - Red Bull Air Force Flag jump
13:05 MASTER CLASS - Round of 14
14:00 Side Act - Alex Mason Slack Line
14:10 CHALLENGER CLASS - Prize Giving Ceremony
14:15 Side Act - Geoff Aaron Trial
14:25 Side Act - Red Bull Air Force Wing Suit jump
14:35 Side Act - BO105 Aerobatic Helicopter
14:45 Side Act - Alex Mason Slack Line
15:00 MASTER CLASS - Round of 8
15:30 MASTER CLASS - Final 4
15:55 MASTER CLASS - Prize Giving Ceremony
16:00 CHALLENGER CLASS - Autograph Session
16:10 Side Act - Pal Takats Paraglider
16:20 Side Act - AquaFly
16:40 Celebration of the Winners
18:00 Doors Close

Cashless refunds!

If you already created a Cashless account

  • If you already activated your online account at www.redbullairrace.com/cashless and you still have money on your wristband, it will be automatically credited back to your original payment method a few days after the race.

If you did not create a Cashless account

  • In order to reclaim your balance, you must create a Cashless account by clicking here. It's quick and easy!
  • From there you create your Cashless account by filling your name, email, a password, the code on the back of your Cashless wristband and your and your bank information.
  • Once logged into your account, click the "Ask for refund" button.
  • Your bank account will be credited two weeks after you request your refund. You have until Sunday, May 6th at 23:59 to claim your outstanding cash.

To find out more information on Cashless please click here.

San Diego is known as America's finest city and has been one of the most popular stops in Red Bull Air Race history. 50,000 fans lined the bay the last time the race was held here. Here are some hotels within a one mile radius of the San Diego racetrack:
Omni Hotel San Diego: www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego: www.hardrockhotelsd.com
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego: manchester.grand.hyatt.com
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego: www.hardrockhotelsd.com
Pendry Hotel San Diego: www.pendryhotels.com/san-diego
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sandt-marriott-marquis-san-diego-marina
Hilton San Diego Bayfront: www.hiltonsandiegobayfront.com

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What is the schedule for the event?

Qualifying will take place on Saturday. Racing will take place on Sunday. Doors will open at 11:30am both days. For a more detailed schedule please see the schedules tab here

Will food and water be available?

Yes there will be ample concessions areas on each embarcadero. Hospitality tickets come with a variety of free food and drink options, and the Public area general admission areas will have food, beverages, and alcohol available for purchase.

Will there be parking available?

There are multiple parking lots in the surrounding area that will be open to the public during the event. Parking rates will range from $20-$30. For more information, please visit the Ace Parking website: www.aceparking.com/find-parking

Is there public transportation to the event?

If you are arriving by train we are conveniently located less than one mile from the Santa Fe Station. The San Diego Trolley has two stops directly in front of the convention center at Harbor Drive/First Avenue and Harbor Drive/Fifth Avenue, which are a short walk from the venue.

Will there be a rideshare pickup?

Yes, there will be a dedicated rideshare pickup location on Convention Center way, just outside the entrance to the South Embarcadero Park.

Is there handicap parking?

Yes, there will be ADA parking available in the San Diego Convention Center underground parking garage. Parking rates are determined by ACE Parking. Please contact ACE parking for more info: www.aceparking.com/find-parking

Is there wheelchair spectator access?

Yes, each park will have a designated handicap viewing area, and ADA parking will be available close to the entrance of each venue.

What items will and will not be allowed in the venue?

The following items are allowed:
Baby Food
Personal Medicine
Small Umbrellas
Picnic Blanket or seating pad
Backpacks
Factory sealed water bottles
Camping chairs

The following items are not allowed:
Pets
Food or Beverages
Any liquids of any kind (except water) in any kind of containers or packaging.
Any foods, hot or cold, in any kind of packaging.
Any illegal drugs or substances
Weapons & Explosives
Any sort of knives, thrusting weapons, jack knife, etc.
Any kind of explosives, fireworks, firecrackers, etc.
Furniture & Camping Gear
Any kind of tables, trays or benches
Any kind of grills or BBQ appliances, parasols, sun-sails, windbreakers, etc.
Dangerous Items
Noisemakers, horns, etc.
Laser pointers, flashlights, etc.
Large flags or banners
Kites, drones, or any other airborne crafts or toys

Where should I stay for the event?

There are many hotels right along the San Diego waterfront. For a list of prefered hotel partners and special Red Bull Air Race rates please see the venues tab here.

Can I change my ticket type?

Should you wish to upgrade your ticket you will be able to do so given that there are tickets still available for purchase. Please contact ticketing@redbullairrace.com with your request.

Is embarcadero access limited to the type I purchase?

Yes, you will only be able to access the embarcadero that you purchased.

Can I get a refund for my tickets?

There are no refunds for this event. Please see our ticketing terms and conditions here.

How old does my child have to be to need a ticket?

Children under 6 are free with a paid adult. Children 6-12 will need a Child's ticket for admission.

Are there military discounts available?

Yes, there are military discounts available to active duty and reserve military personnel and their families. There is a limit to four military discount tickets per ID. Military ID will be required at the gate for admission.

Can I buy tickets over the phone?

No, this event is an e-ticket event. If you are unable to complete your purchase online you may purchase onsite at the box office during the event.

May I leave and re-enter event?

Yes, all entry gates will have a designated exit lane. Viewers will be issued a wristband upon leaving the venue identifying re-entry.

What if I need medical attention?

Each embarcadero will have a First Aid tent located next to the Info Booth in case of emergency.

Will there be Red Bull Air Race merchandise?

Yes, Red Bull Air Race will have official merchandise for sale. Visit www.redbullshopus.com for possible items. Please note some items may not be available.

Can I view the race from my boat on the water?

Yes, but there are certain restrictions which you should be aware of. The race course will consist of barges holding inflatable pylons (referred to as Air Gates) inside a waterway zone that spans from the north side of the Port of San Diego Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal to the north side of Tuna Harbor Park. The US Coast Guard is preparing a Special Local Regulation and temporary water closure that will affect vessel travel through this waterway zone during the following dates and times:
· Friday 14 April from 0800 to 1830
· Saturday 15 April from 1000 to 1800
· Sunday 16 April from 1000 to 1630

The Coast Guard will issue a detailed Notice to Mariners with exact coordinates and confirmed timing within 2-3 weeks of the event.

During the three days when the air race course is in operation, boaters will be able to view the Friday practice day and the Saturday and Sunday competitive racing from the water on the north and south sides of the bay closure. Travel through the waterway zone will be restricted during these times. There will be brief periods each day during which vessels may traverse through the waterway zone. These will be communicated via a marine radio channel to the detailed in the Notice to Mariners. Placement of the race gates in San Diego Bay will begin on Friday 7 April. All infrastructure will be removed by the end of the day on Monday 17 April. Boaters are advised to keep a safe distance from the gates, and to be extra aware of dive teams working in the area.

Will there be harbour closures?

Yes, while there are ongoing flight operations the harbor will be closed to boat traffic. Travel through the waterway zone will be restricted during these times. There will be brief periods each day during which vessels may traverse through the waterway zone. These will be communicated via a marine radio channel to the detailed in the Notice to Mariners. Please see this Coast Guard SLR for additional details.

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