Construction for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is about to begin.

The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach will begin construction for the event in downtown Long Beach on Monday, August 2.

  • Construction teams are building the first of many bleachers along the route for the 15th Annual Formula Drift Pro Championship in Long Beach on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram / SCNG)

  • Construction teams are building the first of many bleachers along the route for the 15th Annual Formula Drift Pro Championship in Long Beach on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram / SCNG)

  • Construction teams are building the first of many bleachers along the route for the 15th Annual Formula Drift Pro Championship in Long Beach on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram / SCNG)

  • Construction teams are building the first of many bleachers along the route for the 15th Annual Formula Drift Pro Championship in Long Beach on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram / SCNG)

  • Construction teams are building the first of many bleachers along the route for the 15th Annual Formula Drift Pro Championship in Long Beach on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram / SCNG)

But work on another event – the Formula Drift Pro Championship, scheduled for September 17-18, the weekend before the Grand Prix – has already started. Grandstands for the Formula Drift Pro Championship are currently being built in the parking lot of the Long Beach Convention Center.

Preparations are in place as Long Beach, along with the rest of the state and country, sees another surge in coronavirus cases. And while the pandemic canceled last year’s event – and pushed the calendar back by five months for this year – this fall’s Grand Prix still has the green light.

The Formula Drift Pro Championship is expected to attract 25,000 people to Long Beach, while the Grand Prix is ​​expected to attract more than 180,000 from September 24-26.

However, it is unclear what precautionary and health measures might be required by then.

City spokeswoman Jennifer Rice Epstein said health department officials were involved in the planning meetings, so “a safety plan will be drawn up”.

However, given the speed at which coronavirus case rates can change, it is too early to know what exactly this plan will look like.

The President and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Jim Michaelian, said Tuesday, July 27th that his organization will be ready to implement whatever measures are necessary to ensure the event is safe.

“We intend to abide by all applicable protocols when the event takes place in September,” he said in a telephone interview, “but it is difficult for us right now to predict – just like everyone else – exactly what these conditions will be.” will be.”

Whatever those requirements, Michaelian said he hopes the Grand Prix can “offer the same level of excitement that our fans have enjoyed in the past”.

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