Guide to spectating in the Eastside 1 Zandvoort grandstand, based on my trip to the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix.
This includes examples of the view from this grandstands, a seating plan and my tips on getting the best seats.
I’ll also discuss whether I think this grandstand is good value, or if there are alternatives that offer a better view and experience during the F1 weekend.
Eastside 1 Zandvoort grandstand location
The Eastside 1 grandstand is located on the outside (left-hand side) of the Zandvoort track layout alongside the straight that runs between turns 10 and 11.
There are four Eastside grandstands. Eastside 1 is closest to Turn 10 and furthest away from Turn 11.
Eastside 1 grandstand tickets for the Dutch GP
Below is the price list for the different grandstand groups at the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix, taken from the official Dutch GP website.
A 3-day ticket in this grandstand is about 125 Euros more expensive than a 3-day Zandvoort General Admission ticket.
The seats are individual chairs with a fixed back and base.
There’s no cover over this grandstand, it’s completely exposed to the weather.
At the 2023 Dutch F1 weekend it rained every day and people in the stand got very wet. You’re not allowed umbrellas as they block the view for people sat behind you.
Check out our guide to the Zandvoort F1 dress code for some tips on what to wear to prepare for the weather.
The only grandstand at the Dutch GP with a roof over it is the Main grandstand, but that’s in the most expensive group of Main Straight grandstands.
There’s one giant TV screen directly opposite this stand just the other side of the circuit. It’s nice and close so is easy to see from any seat.
There are a number of food, drink and merchandise vendors behind all of the Eastside grandstands. These are only a minute or two walk from this stand.
Eastside 1 Zandvoort grandstand seating plan
Below is the Eastside 1 Zandvoort grandstand seating plan.
As the seating plan shows, the grandstand has 30 rows of seats. Row 1 is the lowest down at the front and row 30 is highest up at the back.
The seat numbers increase continuously from left to right across the width of the whole stand (if you stand on the track and look at the grandstand).
Seat 1 is on the far left hand side closest to Turn 10 and seat 173 is on the far right hand side closest to Turn 11.
There are entrance numbers on the back of the grandstand, starting with 1100 nearest seat 1 and 1107 nearest seat 173. You should use the entrance nearest to your seats to get in to the stand.
Eastside 1 grandstand views
The image below shows the parts of the circuit visible from Eastside 1 highlighted in pink.
Being one of the Bronze grandstands, the view from this stand isn’t great. There’s a bunch of trees next to the stand that block your view of the exit of Turn 10.
The image below was taken from just after the exit of Turn 10 looking up the track towards the stand. You can see the trees on the left.
The angle of the stand also means that you can’t see Turn 11 either, especially as the adjacent Eastside 2 grandstand blocks your view.
Really, all you can see is the cars speed past you from right to left after they’ve exited Turn 10.
The only bonus is that you can also see across to the other part of the track between turns 5 and 6. There won’t be any overtaking happening there, but you’ll see the F1 cars corner at high speed.
The video below shows an example of the view from the Eastside 1 Zandvoort grandstand, filmed from Row 8.
Here’s another video of the view filmed from Row 10.
As with all grandstands, the higher up you sit then the better your vantage point will be.
The image below was taken from row 15 seat 166 and shows that even half way up the grandstand the view improves.
Image credit W Tange
Best seats in the Eastside 1 grandstand
If you’re trying to get seats in Eastside 1 then you want to sit as high up as possible, and ideally in the higher seat numbers.
Sitting in the higher rows will give you a better vantage point covering more of the circuit.
Sitting in the higher seat numbers will put you closer to Turn 11 and the other Eastside / Arena grandstands where the atmosphere is best.
Is the Eastside 1 Zandvoort grandstand a good place to sit?
If you’re sticking to Bronze grandstands, I would chose the Eastside 4 stand over Eastside 1.
Eastside 4 is just after the exit of Turn 12 and is closer to the Arena area of the circuit. It’s directly opposite the Arena Out grandstand, and being in such close proximity to the other stands means the atmosphere will be even better.
If you sit in the right seats of Eastside 4 you can also just about see Turn 12.
Entrance gate 4 is the closest entrance to the Eastside 1 Zandvoort grandstand. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the gate.
Gate 4 is also the access point to the Zandvoort F1 camping area, known as the 538 Village.
See our guide on how to get to Zandvoort F1 race for tips on using public transport to get to the circuit.