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The Lance Stroll Grandstand, also known as Grandstand 24, at the Canadian Grand Prix gives incredible close-up views of one of the best overtaking spots at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
It’s also one of the most expensive grandstands at the Montreal Formula 1 race. But is it worth it? Yes.
This guide provides all the details you need to know about Grandstand 24 including examples of the view, a seating chart, ticket info and tips on getting the best seats.
Lance Stroll Grandstand Location
The Lance Stroll Grandstand used to be known as Grandstand 24. A few years ago it was renamed in honour of the Canadian F1 driver currently racing for the Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes team (which his father Lawrence Stroll owns).
The grandstand is located on the outside (left-hand side) of the Montreal Grand Prix track directly at the exit of the Turn 10 Hairpin.
The grandstand runs parallel with the track after it exits the hairpin. The part of the stand on the extreme right hand side actually extends past the end of the track in to the run-off area.
Lance Stroll Grandstand tickets - Canadian Grand Prix
Tickets for the Lance Stroll Grandstand can be purchased through the official GP Canada website. Tickets usually go on sale in the July or August the year before the race.
If you purchase a ticket for this grandstand you will also get full Montreal GP General Admission access to walk around the rest of the circuit. With that you can check out any of the other ground-level viewing areas, enter the F1 Fan Zone or watch any of the live entertainment performances.
For the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix a 3-day weekend ticket for a seat in the Lance Stroll Grandstand cost $555 CAD. For the 2024 Canadian GP it cost $610 CAD. See our article on the Canadian Grand Prix ticket prices for more info on the price hikes.
Lance Stroll Grandstand details
The Lance Stroll Grandstand is completely uncovered. It has no roof over the top so if you’re spectating from here you’ll be fully exposed to the elements. Make sure you bring wet weather clothing and / or sun screen!
The seats are bleacher style bench seats with no backrest. These can get pretty uncomfortable so bring a small cushion to sit on.
The Jumbotron 4-sided screen is in front of this grandstand on the inside of the Hairpin. The screen is directly ahead of section 8 of the stand.
If you’re sat off to either side of this section, you can also view the screen on one of the other sides of the Jumbotron.
Lance Stroll Grandstand Seat Map
Below is the seat map for the Lance Stroll Grandstand at the Canadian Grand Prix. Click the image to view it larger.
As the seating chart shows the Lance Stroll Grandstand is made up of 13 different sections. The section numbers are higher the further to the right in the stand you go (as you stand on the circuit and look up at the stand). Sections 1 and 13 are only half the width of all the other sections.
Seat numbers start at 1 at the beginning of each section and increase as you go to the right.
The rows are named with letters. The front row lowest down is named AA. The second row back is named BB and that continues all the way up to the twentieth row which is named UU.
After that, the next row back is named Row A and that continues all the way up to the very back row at the top of the stand which is Row Z.
Lance Stroll Grandstand views
The map below shows the areas of the track visible from this grandstand highlighted in pink.
This stand has probably the best view of any grandstand at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve of the Turn 10 Hairpin. There is literally no-run off area on the corner exit, it’s just a concrete wall the other side of which is this grandstand.
The view to the left of the stand is blocked by some adjacent trees, so wherever you sit you’ll lose the cars out of sight just as they go around the little kink.
Your view and perspective of the track does change a little depending on where exactly you sit in the stand, from left to right.
If you sit in sections 1 or 2 you’ll have the large run-off area directly in front of you and will have to look to your left slightly to see the track.
The video below was filmed from section 2 row LL (row 12).
If you sit in sections 3 or 4 you’ll be directly next to hairpin and will be looking straight down on the action at the apex of the corner. Plus these are probably the sections with the best angle to see the F1 cars earlier as they come around the curve approaching the Hairpin on the other side of the track.
The video below was filmed from section 4 row QQ (row 17).
As you move further to the left in the stand (as you look at the track) you’ll be looking more to your right to see the apex of the Hairpin.
The video below was filmed from section 8 row SS (row 19). Section 8 is directly in front of the TV screen.
This next video was filmed from the last seat in section 10, row LL (row 12). Notice how the view of the curve on the other side of the track is blocked by Grandstand 34 from here.
The other thing to consider is how high you want to sit in this grandstand. If you sit in the front row you’ll be incredibly close to the action, but the view of the track directly in front of you will be slightly obscured by the safety fence.
Plus it’ll be a little harder to see over the barrier in the middle of the track to watch the F1 cars approach the hairpin.
The video below was filmed from the front row, Row AA, in section 7.
This next video was filmed from the second row, Row BB, in section 5. Look at how close to the action it puts you.
The video below was filmed from section 8 row DD, the fourth row. This is directly in front of the TV.
Whereas if you go further back and higher up in the stand you’ll be able to look completely over the top of the safety fence and will have a wider, more panoramic view of this section of the circuit.
Going higher up does mean your view of the curve on the other side of the track is more easily blocked by Grandstand 34.
The video below was filmed from section 5 row V, five rows from the very back of the stand.
Best Seats in the Lance Stroll Grandstand
There aren’t really any bad seats here. But in my opinion the best seats in the Lance Stroll Grandstand are those in sections 3, 4 and 5, directly in line with the apex of the Turn 10.
These put you on top of the action at the Hairpin and also give you a good vantage point for seeing the cars coming around the curve across the circuit.
How high you should sit in the stand depends on personal preference. If you want to feel like you’re right in amongst the action and don’t mind looking through the safety fence then go for rows as near the front of the stand as you can get.
If you prefer a wider view of the action and want to be able to clearly see over the barrier in the middle of the circuit then go for the higher rows. That’s what I’d be doing. Rows A and up is what I’d aim for.
Is the Lance Stroll Grandstand a good place to sit at the Montreal Grand Prix?
The Lance Stroll Granstand is a great place to sit to watch the Canadian Grand Prix. It’s a huge grandstand with a great atmosphere, plus you’ve got the perfect view of one of the most exciting points on the circuit. There’s always a lot of overtaking action to be seen at the Hairpin.
If you sit far to the left in the stand (as you look at the track) you also get a great sense of the speed of the F1 cars and how powerful their brakes are as they decelerate massively in an incredibly short distance.
This isn’t a cheap grandstand but it’s the same price as Grandstand 21 which is directly opposite. It’s more expensive than Grandstand 15 which is at the end of the big run-off area at the Hairpin but that one feels much further away from the circuit.
There’s also a load of food and drinks vendors right behind this stand.
The nearest entrance to the Lance Stroll Grandstand at the Montreal Grand Prix is the Cosmos entrance gate.
Once you walk in the entrance take a left turn and walk around the back of Grandstand 15. Keep walking and you’ll reach this stand in just a few minutes.
See our guide to the Canada GP entrance gates for more information.
For full details on how to get to the circuit for the Grand Prix weekend, check out our Canada F1 travel guide.