Organizers Of Spanish F1 Race Scheduled For May 11 Expecting To Attract Crowd Of 100,000
The Spanish F1 Grand Prix, which will take place on May 11, "has begun to warm up its engines" and the race's organizers announced they are expecting to draw 100,000 fans, according to the EFE. The race at the renamed Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, which drew a crowd of 95,000 for last year's edition, "is expected to have an economic impact on the region" of approximately €200M ($277M), according to Catalonia regional government President Artur Mas. He said, "The GP gives us a line of reliability, prestige and solvency that many southern European countries need today" (EFE, 4/30). In Madrid, Manuel Franco reported Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit President Vicente Aguilera said, "This year the rate of ticket sales is similar to last year, and this is good news taking into account the circumstances in which Spain currently finds itself." The race "will also have some additions, including showing the movie 'Rush' on the screens at the track at 7am." Following the race, "there will also be an 'Open Track' opportunity for fans." Tickets to attend all three days cost from €130-€495 ($180-$687), but "this year there are also tickets being sold for each individual day, and discounts for kids and members of the Royal Automobile Club of Spain" (AS, 4/30).