CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — St. Louis aviation fanatics have a big weekend ahead of them. This weekend’s Spirit of St. Louis Air Show is the first show since 2019. This year’s event is expected to bring tens of thousands of people to the Chesterfield area, meaning heavy traffic.
“Very famous. Tens of thousands of people come to the event and it’s a small regional airport with small roads, so there will be traffic,” said Mark Sutherland, a volunteer at an air show.
Sutherland said the event had caused terrible traffic congestion in previous years. But the good news is that since the last show three years ago, the promoters have been working on some fixes to make things run more smoothly.
“We’ve spent the last few years working with the Chesterfield Police Department, professional parking companies from St. Louis County and professional transportation companies to really optimize what really isn’t a great traffic situation,” Sutherland said.
He said the biggest change is that multiple lanes will be open for parking to get in and out of the event. Whichever direction you’re coming from, Chesterfield and St. Louis traffic is separated, and parking is included with your ticket purchase for easy access.
A map of the airport shows the routes drivers must take. The main entrance is off Highway 64/40 and Chesterfield Airport Road. Motorists should then turn right onto Olive Street and left onto Spirit Airpark Drive. Parking will be at the entrance.
“Despite the changes, there will still be traffic. Come early! We open at 9:30 for a reason. The air show starts at 11:30, so don’t try to show up at noon, you’ll be stuck in traffic,” explains Sutherland.
If you’re traveling to the airshow over in St. Louis County on I-170, a section of 170 between St. Charles Rock Road and Page will be closed through Monday. MoDOT said this is for bridge repair work and there will be detours.
“Maybe a small traffic jam on our detour routes. Hopefully we’ve planned it for a weekend that doesn’t involve a lot of extra traffic jams and a lot of extra difficulty for the drivers,” said MoDOT engineer Aaron Hugenberg. “What we’re doing this weekend is we’re removing the bridge deck. We have to close 170 because we are not sure where the debris will land and we don’t want to affect any motorists driving under this bridge.”
Heavy traffic in and out of the airshow is also expected on Highway 64/40. Sutherland warns motorists to be patient, take their time and not choose a freeway parking spot instead.
“Find a safe place like this. It’s an air show! You can enjoy it just by looking up and that’s a fantastic thing. But please be safe when you come out and enjoy the day,” Sutherland said.
There are other important things you should know before coming to the airshow. According to the air show’s website:
“No large coolers, food or beverages are allowed. Exceptions apply to small coolers containing life-saving medication or bottles containing infant formula/toddler food (subject to search). There are many food and drink vendors on site offering a variety of food and drink choices. Many of the concessions are staffed by volunteers from local charities and would appreciate your support. Each guest is allowed ONE sealed bottle of water one size smaller than bring a liter. A water filling station will be available at the event site. A “cool box” is anything designed to insulate. Loose ice is prohibited as it is difficult to find. Ice packs are allowed. If you wish to bring your own lunch, it must remain in your vehicle and you will be permitted to do so. return to the vehicle to consume it. Re-boarding is permitted until 3:00 p.m. Please keep your ticket stub and have it hand-stamped upon disembarking.”
The general admission tour takes place in the open field area, and the general admission tickets do not include seats. Guests are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. You are also responsible for your belongings throughout the event. Umbrellas cannot be attached to your chair.
Hand umbrellas are allowed. Umbrellas are not allowed in any of the reserved seating areas. Large parasols or parasols placed on the ground are not permitted, as are other tent or awning constructions.
Pets are not permitted on the airshow grounds or in cars in the airshow parking lots. Assistance dogs are allowed. Please be aware of the noise and how it may affect your service animal.
LIST OF PROHIBITED ITEMS:
- No balloons
- No portable awnings, tents or canopies
- No alcoholic beverages
- No Smoking
- No pets
- No Bicycles
- No weapons of any kind (including concealed carry permit holders)
- No Skateboards, Hoverboards or Segways
- No scooters (except for physically challenged people)
- No inline skates
- No Outside Food or Drinks* – Each guest is allowed to bring ONE sealed bottle of water less than 1 liter in size. A filling water station will be available on the event site.
- No cool boxes*
- No loose ice*
- no glass
- No drones
- Overnight camping is not allowed
- All bags will be searched at the front gate
*The event only allows entry of a small cooler containing life-saving medication or infant milk bottles cooled with ice packs.
* One empty refillable water bottle is allowed. A filling water station will be available on the event site.
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