India: F1 tickets in the range of Rs 2,500-35,000

Greater Noida: You can witness the first
ever Indian Grand Prix on October 30 by shelling out a minimum
of Rs 2500 but be ready to spend Rs 35000 if you want to have
the best view of cars and drivers from the Main Grand Stand.

The tickets for the race were made available online today
through and within the first two hours
close to 1000 tickets were sold according to the organisers --
Jaypee Sports International (JPSI).

"We have tied up with for the online sale.
Tickets will be sold in two phases and the first phase begins
today. Tickets will be also be available at some outlets in
metropolitan cities from the second phase," Sameer Gaur, the
CEO and managing director of JPSI said while launching the
ticket sale in the company of India`s F1 drivers -- Narain
Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.

Fans can choose their preferred seat location while
booking their tickets.

The Rs 2500 tickets are for the natural stand, which can
accommodate 6500 fans. Then comes the Picnic stand for which
8000 fans will have to spend Rs 6000 each. For 36,838 seated
Classic stand, the ticket price is Rs 6500.

The two most expensive stands to watch the race are
Premium Stand and the Main Grand Stand. While the price for
premium stand is Rs 12,500 for each of the 10,230 seats, it`s
a whopping Rs 35,000 for the each of the 20,156 Grand Stand

According to a presentation by the organisers, the Budh
International circuit has been divided into five zones --
North, South, East, West and Paddock with each one having its
own parking facility apart from having a common F1 Village, 10
ATMs and 30 shuttle buses to ferry spectators.

The organisers also said that they have tied up with
several Radio Taxi companies and have arranged for chartered
buses for the convenience of the fans. There is provision for
parking as many as 17,000 cars.

Gaur also sought to dispel the apprehension about the
farmers` agitation on land acquisition.

JPSI had acquired land from the farmers from nearby
villages to build the 5.14 km circuit in an area of 875 acres
and some of the agriculturalists are reported to have
approached the court, complaining less compensation.

"This project was conceived and launched 3-4 years back.
The construction has been going on for two and a half years.
People have been supportive and till date we haven`t faced any
trouble. Everything is all right," Gaur said.

Gaur also said the facility was almost ready and
homologation by an FIA team will be done in the first week of
the September.


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