By Andy Sambidge
Yas Marina Circuit says it will accommodate 60,000 people in November, up 5,000 on last year
Yas Marina Circuit on Monday announced an increase in capacity for the 2014 Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to cope with an expected rise in demand from fans.
An extension has been made to the popular Abu Dhabi Hill grassed area introduced last year - meaning it can now accommodate 3,000 more fans - and with the Paddock Club boosted by 1,500 extra guests, the event will now host 60,000. The previous record, set last year, was 55,000.
Ticket prices for the four-day showpiece weekend, running from November 20-23, have been frozen at 2013 levels for 2014 with an 'earlybird' discount of up to 30 percent being offered until May 31.
Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO at Yas Marina Circuit, said: “Every year we strive to make this showpiece event better and offer more to the fans. We are constantly responding to what people want and this year we’re launching even more ticketing options and specially-created packages that really mean there is something for everyone.
“With an expected capacity crowd of 60,000, more fun activities for fans and double points for the final race – which means more exciting on-track action than ever - the atmosphere promises to be tremendous.”
He said more than 6,000 people have already pre-registered online, 80 percent of whom are from overseas.
Plans to deliver a bigger cultural experience in the Oasis Fan Village are also in place, with initiatives to educate visitors about Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rich history, diverse culture and vibrant society.
“This is a showcase that gives us the chance to speak to a worldwide audience within our home base,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, director, Events Bureau, TCA Abu Dhabi. “We will deliver an engaging experience that hopefully will entice visitors to stay on after the race and discover more about our emirate and it’s rich culture.”For all the latest lifestyle news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.