Thunder Over Utah guide for parking, tickets, schedule, etc.

The Blue Angels flying in formation. | Photo courtesy of Thunder over Utah.

ST. GEORGE – With the Thunder Over Utah Air Show just around the corner on March 17 and 18, questions concerning directions, ticket costs, parking and the air show’s schedule have been appearing on St. George News’s Facebook page.  To address these inquiries, this ready-reference page has been provided. The bulk of the following information can also be found on the Thunder Over Utah website.

Location

USAF F-22 Raptor heading to Langley | Photo courtesy of Herb Gillen Agency, St. George News

The air show will be held at the St. George Municipal Airport. Directions for those coming from the St. George are as follows:

  • Head south on I-15.
  • Exit to Utah State Route 7 – Airport Parkway – at milepost 2
  • Head east 7.5 miles on Southern Parkway.
  • Parkway ends, exit to Airport Parkway.
  • West on Airport Parkway – bear right at roundabout.
  • Parking available at terminal building.

Tickets

General admission tickets for the day of the event are $25 each. It should be noted that there will be an additional $10 charge for vehicle parking.

Children ages 15 and under are free.

There are additional ticket packages available at the tickets section of the Thunder Over Utah website.

Parking and traffic

Parking will be available at the airport, as well as overflow locations which Marc Mortensen, Assistant to the City Manager and St. George, said was within a few thousand feet of the viewing area for the air show.

Blue angels F-18 | Photo courtesy of Thunder Over Utah

“Most of [the parking] is really quite close,” Mortensen said. Buses will also be onsite to transport people from the parking lot to the viewing area.

As many as 30,000 people are expected to attend the air show on Saturday alone, which could bring between 5,000 and 10,000 vehicles, Mortensen added. Preliminary estimates for the Sunday portion of the event are unknown, as concerns over heavy rains and high winds forecast for late Saturday and early Sunday may lead to a Sunday cancellation.

Still, whatever the weather has in store for Sunday, Mortensen said Saturday show-goers will need to have patience when it comes to the expected traffic congestion leading to and from the event.

“Expect some delays and heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic,” he said.

Once the show ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, it is estimated it will take up to 90 minutes to completely clear the area.

“Heavy traffic goes hand-in-hand with popular events,” Mortensen said. “People need to be patient.”

Air show schedule

Saturday, March 17
8 a.m.  Admission Points Open & Car Parking Begins
9 a.m. Public Gates to Air Show Grounds Open, Grandstands, Bomber Club, Fighter Club and Officers Club Open
9 a.m Static Displays Open
11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. WWII Ground Battle with Air Support
12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Air Show
 USAF F-22 Raptor DemonstrationUSAF F-22 Raptor & Heritage FlightJeff Boerboon – AerobaticsUSMC MV-22 Osprey Demonstration

P-51D Mustang Aerobatic Demonstration

WWII Ground Battle with Air Support

Carol Pilon – Wingwalking

USMC C-130 Demonstration

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Demonstration

5 p.m. Air Show Grounds Close
Sunday, March 18
8 a.m. Admission Points Open & Car Parking Begins
9 a.m. Public Gates to Air Show Grounds Open, Grandstands, Bomber Club, Fighter Club and Officers Club Open
9 a.m. Static Displays Open
11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. WWII Ground Battle with Air Support
12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Air Show
 USAF F-22 Raptor DemonstrationUSAF F-22 Raptor & Heritage FlightJeff Boerboon – AerobaticsUSMC MV-22 Osprey Demonstration

P-51D Mustang Aerobatic Demonstration

WWII Ground Battle with Air Support

Carol Pilon – Wingwalking

USMC C-130 Demonstration

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Demonstration

5 p.m. Air Show Grounds Close

 

Entry Restrictions

Spectator area – Smoking is allowed outside the spectator gates and parking lots.

  • All carry-in items and persons are subject to search.
  • All unattended bags and items will be removed from the premises.
  • Cameras may be used to monitor the facility.
  • No RV parking allowed.
US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron | Photo Courtesy of Herb Gillen Agency, St. George News

The following restrictions apply:

  • No Coolers
  • No Loose Ice
  • No Cans
  • No Glass
  • No Alcohol
  • No Pets
  • No Weapons Of Any Kind
  • No Tents
  • No Awnings
  • No Cooking Equipment
  • No bicycles
  • No scooters
  • No roller-blades
  • No ladders
  • No large umbrellas

For attendee convenience: to minimize imposition, it is recommended that Air Show patrons bring only necessary items on their person and limit the size and contents of carry-in items to those that are essential.

Air Show concession stands feature a wide variety of food and beverage options for your enjoyment and convenience.

Additional information on Thunder Over Utah can be found on the event website.

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18 Comments

  • R Keith March 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    The following restrictions apply:

    No Coolers
    No Loose Ice
    No Cans
    No Glass
    No Alcohol
    No Pets
    No Weapons Of Any Kind
    No Tents
    No Awnings
    No Cooking Equipment
    No bicycles
    No scooters
    No roller-blades
    No ladders
    No large umbrellas

    No will not be going as you will not let me bring anything

  • Sue March 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    They want you to pay for the food there. It’s not all for ‘safety’ reasons. I see they don’t list water in plastic bottles. Full, it could be a heck of a weapon……. And the ice, do they not serve drinks in ice? So that should tell you it is mostly for greed.

    • rich February 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      sue if you dont like it then dont go.. people like you wont enjoy it anyway

  • Former military March 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Love an airshow, but in this economy allocating so many tax dollar seems exstravagant.

  • Tyler March 16, 2012 at 4:53 am

    “around the corner on March 18th” it’s the 17th and 18th…It’s gonna be off da hook!

  • bretticus March 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I don’t know how tax dollars are spent for this event, but I know every hotel in town will be full. Not sure how that’s not a boon to the local economy.

    Pretty much all airshows sell the expensive concessions, etc. and prohibit pretty much everything in that list.

    I’m pretty excited to see what we are starting so relatively close to home in airshows (I do not live in St George.)

  • Firefly March 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Will they consider my insulin delivery system ( needels) a “weapon” and confiscate them, or worse, prohibit me from attending? Will the food consessions offer fare that is acceptable to diet restricted people? Oh well, I guess I may be able to see it from the Arizona side of the Parkway and then be able to have the items necessary for me to have a somewhat normal day.

  • Big Bob March 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Weird…Friday afternoon, work was expecting much higher volumes of customer traffic…so far eerily dead. The drive home this afternoon, expecting unusual gridlock-especially on Bluff…eerily light traffic. Hmmm, there’s most def not 40,000 additional people in the area yet!

    • rich February 28, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      the show in not this weekend

  • OMG!!! March 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Everybody’s so negative, wow! Finally get something new and exciting to not just the city, but the state as well, and look at most of these comments. You all need to get out more, you miserable, boring Mormons!

  • Tyler March 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Haha, I’m so with “OMG”, people need to quit b****ing, this events looks to be over the top, and as of Thursday, pretty much all the hotel rooms in the area were booked, I’m not sure how many rooms we have (I’ll have to Google) but I do know there’s a fair amount of new, larger hotels. But yeah, the traffic everywhere is very surprisingly light, or maybe I’m in the wrong parts of town.

  • Oh My Heck! March 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I totally disagree with OMG. The Mormons aren’t miserable and boring, they are out doing stuff. They are not sitting at a computer complaining about activities going on around our community. They are out doing something. Shheeeeshhh !

  • bretticus March 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I would think that people coming from out of town might have jobs and would probably not be hitting the Boulevard/Bluff at end of business day but rather later? Unless they’re coming from the Vegas direction, they’ll probably need to stay Saturday night too! 🙂

    Either way, the only negative thing about this airshow is the timing with the weather. Wonder if there will be wing-walking when there’s 50 mph gusts! 🙂

  • T March 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I used to go to the air at El Toro A.B. in So. Cal. It was
    Free Parking
    Free entry
    Bring all the:
    Coolers
    Loose Ice
    Cans
    Glass
    Alcohol
    Pets
    Weapons Of Any Kind
    Tents
    Awnings
    Cooking Equipment
    bicycles
    scooters
    roller-blades
    ladders
    large umbrellas
    You wanted!!!!!!!!!!
    Why dose everything in this city have to be about money??
    Now I remember why, are POLICE BUDGET IS $10,000,000 This year!!!
    Yes, TEN MILLION DOLLARS

    • rich February 28, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      with whats going on in the world now days, the restrictions are not too much.. I drink beer but I wouldnt want drunks and guns in an area of so many people.. the coolers and other item they are restricting is nothing more that foresight on the possible things that could happen..

    • rich February 28, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      you are living in the past.. the pre 9-11 days

  • Matthew Sevald March 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Well, my wife and I paid online for parking and tickets and printed them out, but lo and behold when we got there, between 9-10 am, not a single soul was checking or collecting fees/tickets. Additionally, no one was checking anything being brought in. Turns out we could have seen it for free and not paid insane prices for food and drinks by bringing our own.

    I’m thoroughly disappointed by the air show itself – been to bigger, seen better – but all this hubbub over prices and restrictions was all for nought. Too bad the honest folks got stuck with the bill. If we go next year – and that’s a BIG “if” – we won’t pay a dime. If they happen to have people collecting fees/tickets then we’re just going to play it smart and sit outside the airport on public land and enjoy the few planes that are up there. Kudos to all the smart folks who took advantage of that.

    Also, as a veteran, I want to thank the National Guard for attempting to help out with security/traffic control, but their role appeared to be organized very last minute and poorly executed because of constantly changing assignments. All the grunts on the ground get my full appreciation for spending a Saturday in cammies while the rest of us had fun, but whichever SNCO’s or Officers are responsible for the debacle need to retake some fundamental leaderhsip and logistics courses.

    Semper Fi

  • Sue March 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    @OMG…..not a mormon here, we do stuff all the time, not behind the computer all day long.

    People from Vegas will not come here because they just had a FREE show at Nellis last week or so.

    I was “b—–” about the price because it is astronomical. We got a better show from Warner Valley today. Not as much wind as the Airport, and NO DIRT!!! If they brought in a Harrier, I might think twice about paying, but there just weren’t enough ‘acts’ to warrant that huge price.

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