The Australian GP will welcome 100,000 fans in 2022
Next year’s Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix is expected to accommodate 100,000 people a day, according to event organizers.
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation will announce today the date on which corporate hospitality and general admission tickets go on sale for next April’s event.
For the former, tickets will be available from November 23, while general admission passes will be available from December 2 (with presales available from November 23).
Speaking to Speedcafe.com, Australian GP boss Andrew Westacott confirmed that the April 7-10 event will be the same number of open crowds as years before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Speaking with the government, I can say right away that the current thought is 50,000 minimum, and I think it is more likely to be 50 to 100,000 every day, that is the way. society is changing, and the Victorian government is moving forward to recover from these events, ”Westacott explained.
“The two big tests ahead of us will be Boxing Day cricket at the MCG and then also the Australian Open.”
Spectators attending the CWM in December will need to keep a physical distance, while food, drink and merchandise outlets will be cashless.
Speaking last month, Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said he hoped to see more than 80,000 fans at the event – below the venue’s 100,000 capacity.
“We’ll have to define – what is the capacity of a site, for example,” Premier Andrews said.
“There will be a policy, there will be a plan. It will relate to things like the layout of bathrooms, hand hygiene, all that sort of thing.
“The reason is that the virus will still be there, it will only be for vaccinated adults, but there will be a bunch of kids who will be at this cricket match and soccer next year.
“They’re not vaccinated, they can’t be vaccinated, so in recognition of that, it will be a percentage – it won’t be 100 percent, but we want it to be as close as possible to that 100 percent.
“80,000 is not just a number, 80,000 would be the largest crowd in our country since the arrival of COVID. I think it would be a really important day for all of us.
Andrews also said that, for the Australian Open, players would need to be vaccinated in order to compete.
“I’m not going to have people sitting in the stands doing what it takes to get millionaire players who should be vaccinated running all over the place and at so much higher risk of spreading this,” he told Sky News earlier this week. .
“As for the Australian Open, I’m not going to have unvaccinated people unable to buy a ticket while unvaccinated players move through Melbourne Park.”
Formula 1 has already hosted a number of high-fan events, with the United States Grand Prix last month apparently drawing 400,000 spectators throughout the weekend.
British Grand Prix race day in July drew more than 140,000 fans.
At Silverstone, fans were asked to produce a negative lateral flow test performed 48 hours before arriving at the site, or proof of full vaccination.
Although the specifics in Melbourne are different, Westacott recognizes that there will be concessions made to Albert Park due to the pandemic.
For the most part, however, the experience will be about what it was before COVID.
“There are going to be guarantees, there are going to be ways to operate and so on to make sure that we are meeting all of the health requirements,” Westacott said.
“But it’s going to become part of the norm whether you’re a mall or a stadium or something like that for soccer, League A, basketball, you name it.”
“It will be back in 2018, 2019, 2020, but with a few more extras: a new design track, new cars designed, new facilities and a new corporate design as well, so I think it will actually be. a godsend. “
The 2019 Australian Grand Prix saw a crowd of 324,000 over its four days and a figure of 102,000 on race day.
It marked the highest attendance figures since 2005 (359,000) and a 10 percent increase from 2018.
Work at AGPC since the cancellation of the 2020 event has focused on crowd management, with a number of concepts developed.
These plans included reduced grandstands and cordoned off areas throughout the venue, with fans limited to their specific area.
While this is no longer the case, viewers will benefit from some of the planning that went into these concepts.
New for 2022 will be the Albert Park enclosure, through which fans will be able to roam freely, designed to showcase a particular Victorian region.
This is an effort to stimulate economic growth statewide and encourage regional tourism and investment.
“No one hosts major sporting and major events like Victoria, and the new Fan Quarter is a fantastic way to showcase the best of all the state has to offer,” said Visit Victoria CEO Brendan McClements .
“From tasting mouth-watering food and renowned wines to music and shows, we want Formula 1 crowds to get a taste of Victoria’s vibrant and diverse scenes and be inspired to step out and see the real thing through them. themselves. ”
The five regions highlighted will be the Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Phillip Island and Melbourne itself.