70 percent of tickets for inaugural Indian GP sold

New Delhi/Greater Noida: The promoters of the inaugural Indian Formula One (F1) Grand Prix said that they have sold nearly 70 percent of the total tickets for the Oct 28-30 event.

"We have sold nearly about 70 percent of our tickets, which comes to about to 66,000 seats," Sameer Gaur, managing director, Jaypee Sports International Ltd (JPSI) which has developed the Buddh International Circuit, said on the sidelines of the track`s unveiling ceremony.

The company which, is part of the Jaypee Group, had put 75,000 tickets for sale in June, while the remaining 25,000 tickets have been allocated as per company`s various commitments.

"We had put 75,000 tickets on sale and we are confident that the rest of the tickets would also be sold soon," Gaur said.

The company also said it has sold nearly 90 percent of the 55 corporate boxes that can seat 30 spectators each and cost between Rs.35 lakhs and Rs.1 crore.

"We have sold nearly 90 percent of platinum seats (boxes). And now only five boxes are left, which we feel will be bought very soon," Gaur further said.

The tickets for the grand racing event range start at Rs.2,500 per seat for three days in the general stands to Rs.35,000 per seat for three days in the grandstand.

Company sources said that high profile spectators such as Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal and others have already bought corporate boxes.

Apart from 95,000 Indian spectators, Gaur said that nearly 2,500-3,000 foreign tourists apart from special invites, team and technical personnel were expected to attended the grand event.

"Nearly 2,500-3,000 foreign tourist are expected. This is apart from special invites, teams and other professionals. This (race) will certainly boost tourism," Gaur added.

The 5.14-km circuit has been designed by German architect and racetrack expert Hermann Tilke, who was also associated with similar projects in Malaysia, Bahrain, Indonesia, China, Turkey, the UAE, South Africa, South Korea and the US.


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