While many premier motorsports events have seen ticket costs rise throughout the past few years, the Snowball Derby continues to be an affordable event for race fans to attend. Once again in 2016, the 49th annual Snowball Derby (Nov. 30 – Dec 4) at Five Flags Speedway (FL) will not see an increase in ticket prices.
Despite rising costs to put on the event, while also increasing the entertainment value, the continued goal has been to cater to race fans who make the trip to Pensacola each December.
“We try our absolute best to control and maintain the ticket prices,” said Tim Bryant, General Manager and Promoter of Five Flags Speedway. “The cost of producing the event continues to go up, but we certainly don’t want to pass that cost on to the fans.”
“Our ticket sales have been ahead of pace from last year and each year it continues to improve,” Bryant stated. “Our renewals are excellent and we are going to have some first-time fans as we do each year. We feel very fortunate that the fans want to continue to come back to the Derby. I think it’s a testament to the level of the competition that they see each year, and therefore the competitors get a lot of the credit.”
Ticket packages for reserved seating during all four days of racing are available now for just $75 a person, with VIP packages including reserved seats plus pit passes being available for $120.
These prices are four full days of entertainment and cost less than a four-day ticket to an amusement park, as well as many other racing events throughout the country.
Steve Perry, the host of a local television racing show in Maine (Mainely Motorsports), has made the trip from Maine to attend the Snowball Derby for three years now. Each year he bring a group of race fans who make the trip because of the affordability and the entertainment value they receive.
“This year we have close to 30 people in our group that are coming down to the Derby,” Perry said. “Some have gone longer than I’ve been going, and some are new to it this year and going for the first time. The affordability of actually attending the event makes it a lot easier for all of us to book a plane ticket, book a hotel and take care of everything else for the week.”
For race fans unable to enjoy the full four-day package, reserved tickets for Snowball Derby Sunday are available for $45. General admission seating the week of the event at the gate will also be available, with tickets at $15 on Thursday, $20 on Friday, $30 on Saturday and $40 on Sunday.
Campers can purchase passes for RV parking for $150 in the main lot or at the fairgrounds, as well as behind turns three and four for $100.
For seating info and ticket order forms, be sure to visit the Five Flags Speedway website at www.5flagsspeedway.com and look under the Snowball Derby tab.
The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, November 30. On-track activities start Thursday, December 1, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and The Dock at Pensacola Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.
The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.
The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 3 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Beef O Brady’s Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.
Then on Sunday, December 4, the green flag will drop on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.
– 51 Sports Press Release