Know Before You Go: Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

If you are headed to Barrett-Jackson’s 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, here is some useful information to help you navigate the world-famous automotive lifestyle event.

The entire event runs for nine days, from Saturday, January 12, through Sunday, January 20.

More than 1,800 cars and 1,600 automobilia items will be on display for all to see right from the beginning, with many still on-site even after they cross the auction block.

Automobilia (automotive-related memorabilia) will begin to be auctioned on Sunday, January 13, and collector cars will cross the block daily beginning on Monday, January 14.

Rain in the forecast? Don’t worry! More than a million square feet of the auction site is under cover.

Even if you’re not a huge fan of cars, there is plenty to do and see: a vast marketplace with more than 200 exhibitors, over 70 food vendor locations offering a wide variety of dining options, interactive exhibits from over 100 sponsors and fantastic people-watching (keep your eyes open for celebrities).

Take advantage of “Twilight” pricing. From Tuesday, January 15, through Saturday, January 19, tickets are available for a reduced price for entry after 5 p.m. – and activities will still be going on until the last car crosses the block for the day, which can be up to 9 p.m. or later.

Whether you have regular tickets or Twilight tickets, your entry includes admission to the first-ever Bullfighters Only Barrett-Jackson Invitational in the WestWorld Equidome. Freestyle bullfighting is the ultimate competition between one man and one animal, alone in an arena in a matchup of skill, finesse and athleticism versus power, size and ferocity. Completely different from traditional Latin American bullfighting, no bulls are harmed whatsoever during the modern-day gladiator matchups, each of which provides up to 60 seconds of nonstop, electrifying intensity, with the spotlight tightly focused on the bullfighter and bull performing in the center of the arena. This unique western sport takes place from Thursday, January 17, through Saturday, January 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

There is plenty of public parking (just south of Bell Road, between 94th and 98th streets), with shuttle service to and from the main gate. Valet parking is also available. There is a specially designated drop-off point near the main entrance for those using rideshare companies like Lyft.

TV crews from MotorTrend and Discovery will be on-site throughout the week, providing nearly 40 hours of live coverage. Alert your friends sitting at home – they may spot you on live television!

Like most major sporting events, Barrett-Jackson has stepped-up security. Security officers will be checking and tagging all bags at the entrance, and guests will be screened for weapons and contraband. Only one sealed bottle of water (under 17 oz.) will be allowed. Other beverages, food, weapons of any type, video cameras, skateboards, drones, coolers and animals (with the exception of service animals to assist guests with disabilities) are among the prohibited items.

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