Padang Grandstand at the Singapore F1 is one of the cheaper ways to watch the Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit from the comfort of a grandstand seat.
Located in Zone 4 the grandstand is directly next to the Padang Stage where the biggest artists will be performing across the weekend.
This guide provides all the information you need to know if you’re considering sitting at the Padang stand. It includes examples of the view, a seating plan, tips on the best seatss and how and where you can buy your tickets.
Padang Grandstand location
The Padang Grandstand is located on the inside (left-hand side) of the Singapore GP circuit between turns 9 and 10 of the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Turn 10 is also known as Singapore Sling. Between these two turns the cars are driving along a straight which is normally St Andrews Road.
The grandstand is in Zone 4 and is actually split in to two sections, one either side of the Padang Stage. These sections are named A and B, as the map below shows. Section B is directly opposite the Singapore National Gallery.
Below you can see an image of both sections of the stand either side of the Padang Stage (and the very muddy field in front of the stage!)
Is the Padang Grandstand a good place to sit?
The two best things about the Singapore F1 Padang Grandstand are its relatively low price and is its location with respect to the Padang Stage. It’s quite literally right next to it. So after the on-track action has finished on Saturday and Sunday evenings you’ll be able to get to the front of the stage within a couple of minutes, where the headline artists will be performing in the Singapore F1 concerts.
The whole Zone 4 Fan Zone near the Padang Stage is full of food and drink vendors at the Portside and Dockside Hawkers, plus there’s lots of other ways to stay entertained there.
The on-track action you can see from this stand isn’t the most thrilling. As you’ll see further down this guide the view is pretty limited to the straight between the two corners, and there’s not normally much overtaking or action that happens on this part of the circuit. The most exciting thing to happen here in recent years is when Yuki Tsunoda crashed at Turn 10 in 2022.
So if the off-track experience is just as (or more) important to you than seeing the most scintillating on-track action then the Padang Stage is a great option.
The Padang Grandstand isn’t covered. It’s completely exposed to the elements, and it often rains at the Singapore Grand Prix. So make sure you bring some waterproof clothing otherwise you’ll be getting wet!
The seats are individual chairs with folding seat bases.
There’s one TV screen visible from each section of the Padang Grandstand. Each of these are directly opposite their respective section on the other side of the track.
Padang Grandstand Singapore F1 Tickets
Tickets for the Padang Grandstand can be purchased through the official Singapore Grand Prix website here.
For the 2023 race a 3-day ticket in this grandstand cost S$598 / £350. These are some of the cheapest grandstand seat tickets at the GP. The only cheaper stand is the Stamford Grandstand which cost S$398 / £231. Some of the other stands like the Turn 1 and Turn 2 grandstands cost over S$1200, so seats in the Padang stand are great value in comparison.
Tickets for the Padang Grandstand only give you access to Zone 4 which includes the Padang Stage, Fan Zone and lots of other food, drink and entertainment. It’s like a Zone 4 Walkabout ticket with the addition of having a reserved seat in the Padang Stand. You cannot access Zone 1 with these tickets.
Grandstand tickets for the Singapore Grand Prix sell out very quickly. Last year they were all gone within 6 hours of them going live. Tickets are usually released a year prior to the race, so look out for news of them going on sale in the September or October of the year before you want to attend.
See our guide to purchasing Singapore F1 tickets for more information and alternative places to buy if they’re sold out on the official site.
Selecting your seat
The Padang Grandstand is split in to two sections, and each section is split in to six blocks. You can choose which block you want to sit in.
Once you’ve selected a block you will be automatically assigned some seats. When you head to your cart you’ll be able to see which seats you’ve been given. Unfortunately you can’t choose your specific row or seats yourself.
If you don’t like these seats you can start the process again to try and be offered some others. But make sure you hit ‘Continue Shopping’ and leave the original seats in your cart as at busy periods there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get some more before they sell out.
You’ll have 10 minutes to complete your order so you can restart the seat selection process as many times as possible in that time. Then remove the seats you don’t want from your cart and purchase the ones you do want.
Padang Grandstand F1 Seating Plan
Below is the seating plan for the Padang Grandstand. As it shows the stand is split in to two sections, A and B. Section A is closest to Turn 9 and section B is closest to Turn 10.
Each section is split in to 6 blocks, and the stands are quite steeply tiered. The front rows are low down pretty much at the track level but the back rows are much higher up.
Padang Grandstand view
From either section of the Padang grandstand all you can see is the straight between turns 9 and 10, as the green section on the map below shows.
Your view will be slightly different depending which section of the stand you’re sat in. If you’re sat in section A you’ll have a better view of the cars as they exit Turn 9.
The video below was filmed from block A2, row 6 seat 1 which is as close to Turn 9 as you can get.
Whereas if you sit in section B you have a better view of the cars entering Turn 10, known as Singapore Sling. Section B is also directly opposite the Singapore National Gallery which is a stunning background when illuminated at night.
The video below was filmed from section B, block B8 row 10.
The further to the left you sit in section B (as you look at the track) the better your view of Turn 10, especially if you sit in the higher rows. The video below is older but is filmed from the equivalent of block B9 row 13, and shows a much clearer view of the cars going around Turn 10.
Sitting high up in the stand will give you a better vantage point and mean you can look further along the straight. But try and avoid sitting in the highest rows on the side of the stand closest to the stage, as it will block your view along the straight slightly.
Padang Grandstand best seats
I would try and sit in section B of the Padang Grandstand for the Singapore F1 as I’d want to see more of Turn 10 than Turn 9, plus the National Gallery makes for a much nicer backdrop.
I’d try and get seats fairly high up and to the left of the stand. I’d aim for blocks B8, B9 or B10 and rows 20 and up to give a nice high vantage point.
Nearest Entrance & MRT Station
The nearest entrances are through gates are 3A and 3B which are for Zone 4. With these tickets you only have Zone 4 access, so you can’t enter through the gates in other zones. See our full guide to the Singapore GP entrances for more details.
The nearest MRT station is City Hall station (EW13 / NS25) which is only a couple of minutes’ walk away.
Check out the Singapore F1 schedule to see timings for on and off-track activity across the weekend.