Scheduling Conflicts Arise for Baltimore Grand Prix 2014, 2015
Updated: Monday, August 26 2013, 06:57 PM EDT
Just four days away from the start of the third annual Baltimore Grand Prix, a scheduling conflict could possibly derail the Labor Day event in the next two years.
In the race's second year, 131,000 tickets were sold over three days. But in 2014, the Naval Academy will host Ohio State on Labor Day weekend at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. In 2015 a large American Legion Convention is scheduled for the downtown area, now converted into a temporary racetrack for the upcoming weekend.
J.P. Grant is the Chief Financial Backer and Promoter of the Grand Prix. Grant says despite the scheduling conflict he's still determined to bring the race back for a fourth year.
"It's almost like a Rubik's Cube coordinating LeMans, Indy, the Orioles, the Ravens and the City to get a date. We don't have a date but we're doing all the things necessary to be prepared for that."
But because the Grand Prix is already committed to other cities on specific dates next year, moving the race will be a challenge.
The Labor Day races have been a big boost for downtown hotels. It's a nationally televised event that city officials desperately want to see back for another year.
"I'm hopeful that it'll happen," Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. "Any time we get to showcase the city on the world stage, it's good for Baltimore so I'm keeping my fingers crossed."
Organizers of the Grand Prix say while they're still concerned about future scheduling conflicts, their priority right now is to make sure that this weekend's event is a success.