Singapore Grand Prix 2023 Visitors Reduced From 2022 Due To Closure Of Bay Grandstand
The annual Singapore Grand Prix (GP) is a bonanza for our tourist industry, with scores of foreign visitors heading to our country for the event.
This has proven true once again, as this year’s race attracted more than 264,000 fans.
Though it’s a drop from last year’s record attendance, the number is still higher than what was expected for this year.
264,108 visitors attended Singapore Grand Prix 2023
In an update on Sunday (17 Sep), the last day of the event, Singapore GP said a total of 264,108 spectators attended the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2023 over three days.
The turnout for the 14th edition of the night race exceeds what was expected by more than 14,000 people.
This was after the event saw strong support from Singaporeans and foreigners eager to see fast cars and a stellar line-up of entertainment acts, including Jackson Wang, Post Malone and Robbie Williams.
250,000 were expected due to Bay Grandstand closure
The 2022 Singapore GP saw 302,000 fans over three days, setting a record for its highest attendance in 13 years.
However, just 250,000 were anticipated for this year’s GP due to the closure of the Bay Grandstand.
This was because of the redevelopment of The Float @ Marina Bay to become NS Square, a project expected to be completed by 2027.
Six new grandstands were added to mitigate the loss of capacity, and additional walkabout tickets were released.
As an indication of the strong demand regardless, all these extra tickets were fully taken up, Singapore GP said.
Super Early Bird tickets for 2024 race sold out
Demand is so strong that tickets have already been sold for next year’s race.
Singapore GP released Super Early Bird tickets for the Grand Prix 2024 just 72 hours ago, but they have already been sold out.
Early Bird tickets will now be available from 26 Sep at www.singaporegp.sg.
Earlier on Sunday, they announced that all tickets for this year’s Singapore GP were sold out.
Carlos Sainz wins race for the 1st time
Eventually, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz won the race after starting in pole position from qualifying.
This is his first-ever win in the Singapore GP.
The Spaniard is the first non-Red Bull driver to win in 2023, breaking Red Bull’s unbeaten streak.
Second was McLaren’s Lando Norris, who made it to the podium at the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the first time. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton came in third.
The difference between the top three was just 1.2 seconds, said Singapore GP.
Congrats to the organisers and everybody who made this year’s event such a success.
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