COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho. -- Before the Diamond Cup Hydroplane Races were canceled in the city in the 1960’s, drunken fights were a big problem at the event. For the first Diamond Cup race in more than 40 years, organizers said they were not expecting any big surprises.
People will witness Coeur d’Alene’s Silver Beach area transformed this weekend for the latest stop on the H1 Unlimited circuit.
"They're going to expect to see the world's fastest boats going extremely fast," said Diamond Cup President Doug Miller.
The Diamond Cup festivities will cover a little over two miles along Lake Drive south of Downtown. While the area will feature mostly open seating, alcohol will not be allowed there. Instead, there will be two separate beer gardens at either end of the race area.
Given a history of drunken fights at the old Diamond Cup races, however, many people - including homeowners along Lake Drive - asked how security will be handled.
“We’re taking a lot of measures both on the land and the water to provide a really fun, safe family event this weekend," added Miller.
Miller also said a private company was hired to handle security at the event. The Sheriff’s Office also planned to bring in a mobile command center.
Meahwhile, organizers of the Diamond Cup said they are paying their bills for the event. Organizers had planned to raise half a million dollars to help cover the cost of the race.
"We've had a budget for the last two years that we've been able to stick to,” said Miller. “We've eliminated 90 plus percent of all the surprises which is extremely fortunate going into just two days before the event."
Miller also said ticket sales had exceeded expectations.
The first test runs for the Unlimited Hydros was set for 8 a.m. Friday.