According to a Monday announcement by André Maes, director of Spa Grand Prix, the company organising the Spa-Francorchamps Grand Prix, between 62,000 and 63,000 people came to see the event this Sunday. Such good attendance figures are likely to bring in one million euros more than expected, and keep the Walloon Region’s contribution down as a result, he added.
This year’s Belgian Grand Prix, won by Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), comes second in attendance figures, behind the 65,000 spectators of 2007. “Weekend ticket sales were much higher this year than they usually are. Spectators tended to come in groups and stay over, which is good news for both tourism and the local economy. The campsites in the area, for example, started to get very busy as early as last Tuesday,” explained André Maes.
Last year, Spa Grand prix welcomed some 56,000 spectators on the day of the Grand prix. A year later, attendance figures were pumped up by the rise of young Dutch F1 driver Max Verstappen.
A good performance by Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, putting him firmly in the frame for a GP2 triumph, also drew in the crowds on Saturday – 5,000 more tickets than usual were sold for that day in particular.
Spa Grand Prix is delighted with attendance this year, also pointing out that spectator demographics show that in the reserved areas campers are younger than in the past, as is also the case in zones 17-27, which has grown to accommodate twice as many visitors in the space of 12 months lso a public rejuvenation in areas specially autographed on campsites and in the 17-27 area which, in just 12 months, has doubled its capacity. An estimated 165,000 people visited the Spa-Francorchamps site over the course of the three days of the Grand Prix.