Tickets for the 2018 National Championship Air Races Are Now On Sale!

General Admission and Special Seating Available

Everything you need to know about planning your next trip to the National Championship Air Races will be found here.

Ticket Information

  • Tickets will be available on our website throughout the event.
  • Only Checkered Flag Club and Box Seating tickets may be purchased through the office.
  • Parking passes may be purchased at each of the parking lots.
  • You can place ticket orders through the website and print them up through Race Week (Sept. 12-16). They will be scanned upon entrance at the gate or they can be purchased at the gate.
  • All orders for RV Parking and Box Seats will still be taken up until race week through the office at (775) 972-6663.


  • Qualifications for all classes will start on Monday at 8am on September 10th and end at noon on Wednesday, September 12th.
  • We will begin racing around noon on Wednesday, September 12th with all classes except the Unlimiteds, which will start racing on Thursday afternoon.
  • All classes race each day starting at 8am and continue non-stop until 4:30pm.
  • There are three heats for each class each day. In between the heats, there will be a world class airshow to keep the action in the skies above Stead Airfield.
  • The planning schedule for the 2018 National Championship Air Races can be found by clicking here.

Ticket Options and VIP Seating Packages

General Admission tickets allow guests into the concession area behind the grandstands, static displays and the Drone Zone as well as non-reserved seating in the general grandstands. To purchase General Admission tickets, click here.

Pit passes allow guests to get up close and personal with the Unlimited, T-6, Sport, Formula 1 and Biplane aircraft as well as some of our performance aircraft on display. To purchase Pit Passes, click here.

Reserved seating allows guests to ensure they have their seat in the reserved grandstand along with entry into the concession area behind the grandstands, the Drone Zone and Jet aircraft pits. To purchase Reserved Seats, click here.

The Reserved Family Pass is good for up to two adults and three children. Reserved seating allows guests to ensure they have their seat in the reserved grandstand along with entry into the concession area behind the grandstands, the Drone Zone and Jet aircraft pits. Voucher must be redeemed at the Box Office. To purchase Reserved Seats, click here.

Full box seats and Daily box seats are available.

There are 3 rows of boxes. The cost of the first (A row) is $3800.00 for 10 seats. Each additional seat is $380.00.  The 2nd (B Row) is $3600.00 for 10 seats, additional seats are $360.00. The 3rd (C Row) is $3500.00 for 10 seats, additional seats are $350.00. Daily Box Seats are in the C Row.

The Full box is a minimum of 10 persons (max 15) for the entire week. It is a 10′ x 10′ skirted box.  It includes entrance into the event, flightline seating, pit passes for each person in the box, four parking passes per day if you purchase 10, 11, or 12 seats, 5 parking passes per day if you purchase 13,14, or 15 seats. You will also receive 2 cooler stickers to put on your personal coolers. Coolers are delivered to and from your box.

The Daily Box Seats include entrance into the event flightline seating and a Pit Pass. Parking may be purchased. Coolers are not allowed. A box number will be assigned, but not an assigned seat in that box. Prices vary depending on the day: Wednesday $40.00, Thursday or Friday $81.00, Saturday or Sunday $115.00.  The Nevada State Live Entertainment Tax is not included in these prices.

For more information, or if you would like to purchase either of these boxes, please call 775-972-6663.

The Chairman’s Hospitality Tent is a place to stop by and enjoy food (including hot entrees) and beverages (including a full-service bar) near the reserved seat grandstands, the box seating, and air show center.

The tent is located in a large white tent at the West end of the Reserved Seating Grandstands and just East of the Pit Gate and has a covered area adjacent to show center.

Access to the Chairman’s Hospitality Tent requires a General Admission or Reserved Seat ticket [which must be purchased separately], plus a Chairman’s Hospitality Tent pass.

The Chairman’s Hospitality Tent is open from 10:00 a.m. each day Thursday through Sunday. A buffet lunch is served each day, and you can stop by any time to enjoy a cold drink and a snack, all with a view of the races and air show.

Chairman’s Tent tickets are available online until September 12. After September 12, tickets must be purchased at the Chairman’s Tent. Tickets are not sold in advance after September 12, only the day you wish to go. There are NO REFUNDS or EXCHANGES.



4-day pass


Advance daily (before September 13)


Purchased at the event (after September 13)


10 pack of 4-day passes


15 pack of 4-day passes


Note: Admission to the Air Races is not included in your Chairman’s Hospitality Tent ticket, and must be purchased separately. Chairman’s Hospitality Tent tickets are available to adults only – no persons under 16 years of age may be admitted.

Order Chairman’s Tickets Here

When you want to enjoy a full week of Air Racing at its finest look no further than the Checkered Flag Club. This choice club has everything you want and need to experience the excitement of the National Championship Air Races: a front-and-center viewing location, Air Race admission, quality dining, official merchandise, and exclusive entertainment – a unique combination of benefits that are unavailable separately.

We look forward to you joining us in the Checkered Flag Club for the most exclusive Air Race fan experience available.

2018 Checkered Flag Club members receive:

  • reserved up-close parking lot with exclusive shuttle service to the CFC Hangar.
  • air race site admission, Pit Pass, and Checkered Flag Club hangar pass for all five days.
  • Checkered Flag Club hat, pin, windbreaker jacket and official program and poster.
  • complementary bag and coat check.
  • members only “sky view” grandstand seating with individual bucket seats (not backless bleacher seats).
  • exclusive use of the nicely-decorated Checkered Flag Club hangar, set up for dining and socializing with guests from around the world.
  • executive style, climate-controlled restrooms for the exclusive use of Checkered Flag Club members.
  • private sound system – take a break from the elements and listen to the announcers from inside the Checkered Flag Club hangar.
  • catered continental breakfast, lunch, and open bar all five days.
  • noteworthy lunchtime speakers heard only at the Checkered Flag Club
  • spaghetti dinner on Saturday evening with the keynote speaker of the week.
  • option to purchase exclusive Checkered Flag Club merchandise.
  • one year Reno Air Racing Association Membership which includes a 10% discount on Official RARA merchandise.

. . . and more surprises await you at the club.

Member Information:

Memberships are limited to 225 people to maintain the relaxed atmosphere. We encourage you to introduce your friends and family to the many unique rewards of the Checkered Flag Club by inviting them to be your club guest at a special day rate of $200.00. Guest passes include event and Checkered Flag Club hangar admission for one day and does not include merchandise. Members, please call us at 775-972-6663 to register your guest. Daily passes include event and Checkered Flag Club hangar admission, parking, program and poster.

Compare the savings – even if you could purchase everything included with your CFC membership separately your costs would add up to well over the price of membership.



Renewing Member – Full season


New Member – Full season


Daily Rate


Memberships are available for purchase until the maximum of 225 members is reached. Memberships can be purchased on-site at the CFC hangar during the Air Races only if space is available, but you MUST purchase a General Admission ticket to enter the event.  Early reservations are encouraged.


You can find out which pilots are going to be here and which planes they’ll fly; see the latest photos and videos and hear the latest from the Reno Air Racing Association; get the latest news and updates on the event; figure out where to park, where to stay and what to bring; and take a look at our site map to help guide you along the way.

Don’t forget about our Full box and Daily box seats, also available for sale now. Ticket prices for box seats will differ and are dependent on type and row. Full box seating requires a minimum of 10 persons and maximum of 15. Please call us for more information of our box seating options.  Whether you are interested in general admission tickets, box seats, or tickets for our Chairman’s Hospitality Tent, we encourage you to buy your Reno Air Races tickets today!

Checkered Flag Club members can expect even more perks when purchasing their tickets. The National Championship Air Races provides CFC members great seating, Reno Air Race admission, quality dining, official merchandise, and other exclusive entertainment. Ask us more about Reno Air Races tickets and deals.

The Reno National Championship Air Races are right around the corner! Make sure you choose the right ticket type for you and purchase now. The 2018 Reno Air Races will be the best yet, don’t miss out. Get your tickets online today.

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