Grandstand 47 at the Montreal Grand Prix is located on the Casino Straight of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It doesn’t provide the most exciting views of the F1 cars in action, but it’s the cheapest stand at the Canadian Grand Prix.
This article provides a full guide to spectating at Grandstand 47. It includes examples of the view, a seating chart, information on how and where to buy tickets and tips on selecting the best seats.
Grandstand 47 Montreal Grand Prix Location
Grandstand 47, also known as Tribune 47, is located on the inside (right-hand side) of the circuit along the Casino Straight of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
On the map below the grandstand is facing downwards, towards the section of track just after Turn 12.
Canadian GP Grandstand 47 tickets
Tickets for the Montreal Grand Prix Grandstand 47 sell out very quickly through the official Canadian Grand Prix website.
So I’d recommend buying them through Stubhub.
I used Stubhub for F1 tickets twice last year and had great experiences both times. Their FanProtect guarantee is very robust and they currently have a big inventory of tickets available for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Grandstand 47 details
Grandstand 47 at the Montreal Grand Prix is uncovered. There’s no roof over the top so it’s fully exposed to the elements. Make sure you bring suitable weather protection from the sun or rain!
The seats are bleacher style benches with allocated ‘seat’ numbers. There is no backrest.
There is one giant TV screen visible from Grandstand 47 at the Montreal Grand Prix. This was new for 2023 and will now be present for future all Canadian Grand Prix.
This is located on the opposite side of the track, just to the right of Grandstand 46 across the circuit.
Everyone in Grandstand 47 will have visibility of this TV screen and will be able to keep up with the Canadian F1 action when the cars are on other parts of the circuit.
Grandstand 47 Montreal GP Seating Chart
Below is the seating chart for Grandstand 47 at the Montreal Grand Prix.
The grandstand has three sections. Section 1 is closest to Turn 13 and section 3 is closest to the hairpin at Turn 10 and the adjacent Grandstand 34 (read more on this below).
The rows are given letters. The front row lowest down in the stand is AA. The second row is BB, and that continues all the way until the 26th row, row ZZ. After that, the 27th row is row A and they continue up to row Z (row 52).
Seat numbers increase from left to right (as you stand on the circuit and look at the stand). The seat numbers start from 1 on the left hand side of each section.
Grandstand 47 views
The image below shows the sections of the circuit that can be seen from Grandstand 47 highlighted in pink.
The grandstand is adjacent to the large Grandstand 34, which is to the left of it as you sit in the stand. From certain seats, that grandstand blocks your view of the exit of the hairpin at Turn 10 and the slight kink in the track just after it. That’s why that part of the track isn’t completely pink on the image above.
To avoid having your view obstructed by Grandstand 34, you want to sit as far forwards as possible in the stand for the F1.
The video below was filmed from the front row, Row AA, in section 3. This is pretty much as far to the left in the stand as you can get (as you look at the circuit). From here your view of the hairpin in unimpeded, but a few rows further back and it would have been blocked.
The video below was filmed from the third row back, Row CC, of section 2. As you can see from here you can see past the adjacent grandstand and have an unobstructed view of the cars coming around the hairpin.
This video was filmed from the sixth row, Row FF, of the far right hand section of the stand and still has a clear view of the hairpin.
This video was filmed from somewhere around the twelfth row, Row LL, from the far right-hand seats in section 1. From here the view of the hairpin is obstructed by Grandstand 34.
Sitting in the sections further to the right of Grandstand 47 (as you look at the circuit) will give you a better angle to look past the other stand from higher rows. The further to the left of the stand you are, the nearer to the front you need to be.
As the cars accelerate along the Casino Straight you’ll have great view of them passing in front of you from left to right. There’s a bunch of trees just to the right of the grandstand and you’ll lose the cars out of sight behind those, just as the circuit kinks around to the right.
Best Seats in Grandstand 47
Normally I’d suggest sitting as high as possible in a grandstand for a Formula 1 race to give you a better vantage point. That isn’t the case for Grandstand 47 at the Montreal Grand Prix.
As the example views above show, if you sit too high up in the stand your view of the hairpin is blocked by the adjacent Grandstand 34. As such, the best seats are those as close to the front of the stand as possible. I’d try and go for the first 5 rows (rows AA to EE) to make sure you get the clearest view possible.
Sitting further forwards also helps you see past the trees for a little longer as the cars disappear off to your right.
Is Grandstand 47 a good place to sit at the Montreal Grand Prix?
If you have a view that’s unimpeded then at best you can see the apex and exit of the hairpin. But almost all of the overtaking action at that part of the track happens on the way in to the hairpin, which you won’t be able to see from this stand.
The Casino Straight is the start of one of the Canadian GP DRS Zones, but as the grandstand is located right at the start of the zone it won’t give you anything more exciting to see than a little flap opening on the car’s rear wings.
Overall, the view from this grandstand isn’t great. But it’s the cheapest grandstand at the Canadian Grand Prix, and as it costs about the same as a General Admission ticket it’s a good value way to get a reserved seat for the weekend.
The nearest entrance to the Grandstand 47 at the Montreal Grand Prix is the Cosmos entrance. From there you can walk back towards Turn 9 and use the pedestrian overpass to get to the inside of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where Grandstand 47 will be right in front of you.
See our guide to the Canada GP entrance gates for more specific information.
For full details on how to get to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the Formula 1 weekend, check out our Canada F1 travel guide.