Grand Prix of Louisiana U.S. Powerboat Nationals set for Labor Day weekend

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The 2016 Grand Prix of Louisiana Outdoor Performance Craft U.S. Powerboat Nationals will be held on the Red River Saturday through Monday.

The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, the Red River Waterway Commission, Powerboat Nationals LLC and the American Powerboat Association are hosting the event.

“We met with the local committee, checked out the race site, assessed the infrastructure the city and area has in place for hosting this type of any event, and we were convinced this is where the new home to the Outboard Performance Craft U.S. Nationals needs to be,” said Dan Bunting, race directory for the Powerboat Nationals. “The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission and Powerboat Nationals are committed to this event and are working hard toward making this a Labor Day tradition.”

The event, set for the Red River near the Texas Street Bridge, can be viewed for free from atop Sam’s Town Casino (must be 21 to enter) or from the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets. On Sunday and Monday only, the public can view the event from behind the Barnwell Center.

Entertainment, food vendors and kids’ zone will be under the Texas Street Bridge on Saturday and Sunday.

Registration and testing kicks off the weekend on Friday with competitive racing starting at noon Saturday through Monday.

“We are excited to be partnering with Powerboat Nationals and bringing an event of the caliber to Shreveport and Bossier City on Labor Day weekend,” said Kelly Wells, executive director of the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. “We are also planning fireworks show for Saturday night, along with other types of entertainment throughout the weekend.”

Stoner Boat Launch will be closed to the general public from Wednesday evening through Labor Day. The public can alternatively launch from Arthur Ray Teague or the Red River South Marina during these dates.

The Red River from the Horseshoe Casino and north to 12 Mile Bayou will be off limits from Friday through Monday for the general public. The Caddo and Bossier Sheriffs’ Departments will have water patrols to assist general boaters with crossing these areas during varied and limited breaks in racing.

Spectator boats will need to set up north of the 12 Mile Bayou marker for the race and south of Horseshoe Casino.

For more information visit powerboatnationals.com. To see more sports events in the Caddo and Bossier Parish areas, visit shreveportbossiersports.org or sbfunguide.com

— Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission