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Other Big Events Replacing Roar Of The Grand Prix This Weekend

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The roar of race cars zooming down Baltimore streets will disappear this Labor Day weekend. Grand Prix cars will not be a highlight for fans during the holiday.

But, Gigi Barnett reports, there are several other big events taking their place.

Say goodbye to revving engines and 180 mile-per-hour speeds down Pratt Street this Labor Day weekend. For the first time in four years, the Grand Prix is gone.

“It’s a little disappointing that it’s not coming. I had friends from California that flew in a few years back to see it,” said Carol Martin, Grand Prix fan.

Others say good riddance.

“I didn’t like the Grand Prix anyway. Too much noise,” said Sam Batts, Baltimore resident.

Miss it or not, Labor Day isn’t a complete bust.

“There’s so much diversity of activity,” said Kirby Fowler, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.

Fowler says there are so many other high-profile events taking the Grand Prix’s place this holiday weekend. One of them is the $442 million Horseshoe Casino that just opened.

“I’ve heard nothing but some awesome, awesome reviews. It’s really nice, good food,” said Faith Donnerson, Horseshoe Casino guest.

Add in the Navy versus Ohio State game on Saturday and an O’s versus Twins series that will draw thousands of fans Cap it all off with the Star Spangled Spectacular, marking the 200th anniversary of the end of the War of 1812 in Baltimore.

It’s enough activity to pack the city with visitors and hometown folk.

“People around here and in the region are very proud of the history in Baltimore,” Fowler said. “They love the Blue Angels flying over through downtown and beyond. But it’s embraced by everybody, not just the tourists.”

To give you some perspective as to how many people will be downtown this holiday weekend: the Navy-Ohio State game at M&T Bank Stadium will attract at least 60,000 fans alone.

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