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This is my guide to spectating from the Zandvoort Eastside 2 grandstand at the Dutch Grand Prix. Eastside 2 is made up of two sections – Eastside 2a and Eastside 2b.
This guide includes a detailed seating plan, examples of the view and my tips on which seats are the best.
Plus I compare this to other grandstands in the same price bracket and share my thoughts on whether Eastside 2 is good value.
Zandvoort Eastside 2 grandstand location
The Eastside 2 grandstand is on the outside (left-hand side) of the circuit, situated alongside the straight between turns 10 and 11.
Eastside 2 grandstand tickets for the Dutch GP
Eastside 2 is part of the Silver group of grandstands. It is made up of two different sections – Eastside 2a and Eastside 2b.
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 ticked in this grandstand is about 200 Euros more expensive than a Zandvoort General Admission ticket.
Eastside 2 Grandstand details
The seats are individual chairs with a fixed back and base.
There’s no roof over the Eastside 2 grandstand, it’s completely open to the weather and the elements. That applies to both 2a and 2b.
You’re not allowed umbrellas in the grandstands at the Dutch Formula 1 race as they block the view for the people behind you.
Bring suitable wet weather clothing or sun protection to keep yourself comfortable. Check out our Zandvoort dress code guide for some tips on what to wear.
The only grandstand at Zandvoort that does have a roof over it is the Main grandstand, but this is one of the most expensive as it’s part of the Main Straight group.
There are two TV screens visible from this stand.
One is on the other side of the track just to the right of this stand (opposite the adjacent Eastside 1 grandstand).
The other is directly behind the Arena In grandstand opposite Eastside 2b. It’s higher than the back of the Arena In stand so is nice and easy to see.
There are food, drink and merchandise vendors directly behind the Eastside grandstands, so everything you need is right there. There are plenty of toilets nearby too.
Zandvoort Eastside 2 grandstand seating plan
Below is the seating plan for the Zandvoort Eastside 2 grandstands 2a and 2b.
Zandvoort Eastside 2a has 30 rows and is 175 seats wide. The grandstand entrance numbers start at 1108 and go up to 1115.
Eastside 2b has 27 rows and is shorter, just 135 sides wide. The entrance numbers start at 1116 and go up to 1121.
Seat numbers increase from left to right (if you stand on the track and look at the stand).
Row 1 is the front row lowest down and the row numbers increase as you get higher up / further back.
Eastside 2 grandstand views
The image below shows the sections of track visible from the Eastside 2 grandstand highlighted in pink.
As it shows, from this grandstand you can see a short way to your right, pretty much as far as the bridge that goes over the circuit.
You can also see a small section of track the other side of the barriers between turns 5 and 6.
To the left of the stand you can see the F1 cars as they enter Turn 11. Depending on exactly where you’re sat you may also be able to see the cars as they go around Turn 12.
The video below shows the view from the Zandvoort Eastside 2a grandstand, row 9, seat 31.
The next video was filmed from Eastside 2a, row 1, somewhere around seat 25.
From Zandvoort Eastside 2b the view will be much better of turns 11 and 12. The higher up / further back you sit in the grandstand the better it gets.
The video below was filmed from Zandvoort Eastside 2b in row 10, far to the right hand side of the stand (at the end closest to Eastside 2a). Even from here you can see more of turns 11 and 12.
Best seats in the Eastside 2 grandstand
Without a doubt you want to get seats in Zandvoort Eastside 2b as far up and to the left as possible (highest row numbers and seat numbers). This will put you closest to Turn 11 and being high up will give you a great vantage point of 11 and 12.
The view from the extreme left hand end of 2b will be pretty similar to the view in the video below from the extreme right hand end of Eastside 3.
This was filmed from the back row, so it gives you a very good idea of what the view will be like from the back left of 2b.
If you can’t get seats on the extreme left I’d always still recommend going for the highest row you can get as everything improves being higher up.
Is Zandvoort Eastside 2 a good place to sit?
The straight between turns 10 and 11 is one of the Zandvoort DRS zones. So having a view of the braking zone for Turn 11 from this stand means you have a good chance of seeing some overtaking.
If you can get my preferred seats then Eastside 2b is definitely the best of all of the Silver grandstands to go for.
If you can’t and you’re looking at seats at the far end of Eastside 2a it might still be worth it. You’ll be a little further from the Arena area, but the alternative Silver grandstands don’t offer anything much better.
Unless you can get seats on the extreme right-hand side of the Arena In grandstand (on the side closest to Turn 12). If you can, definitely go for those instead.
The nearest entrance to Eastside 2 is Gate 4. This is only a 5 or 10 minute walk away from the stand, and is where the Zandvoort F1 Camping village is located.
Check out our guide on How to Get to the Zandvoort F1 race for tips on using public transport to get to the circuit.