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Formula E race organisers may sell 5,000 more tickets in Hong Kong

Discussion still in progress; almost all in its first batch of 25,000 tickets are sold, for both the grandstand and regular categories

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 July, 2016, 11:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 September, 2016, 10:10am

Organisers of the first ever Formula E race in Hong Kong are considering selling about 5,000 more tickets, after almost all of its around 25,000 tickets have been snapped up.

Lawrence Yu Kam-kee, president of the Hong Kong Automobile Association and one of the prime movers behind the race, said that the good sales were for both the more expensive grandstand tickets, priced at HK$2,380, and the more affordable ones, set at HK$300, which allow fans to watch the race on big screens.

Earlier, organisers drew flak from the public for the high price of the grandstand tickets, with some questioning whether the tickets would sell.

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Yu defended the high price of the tickets, pointing out they were cheaper than that of Formula One, the highest class of single-seat auto racing sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile.

He added that the tickets covered two days, and were inclusive of alcoholic beverages and food, as well as entertainment options.

On adding more tickets for the event, Yu said that the organisers were looking to get 30,000 people for the event, but they were still discussing if that was possible.

He added that the additional tickets would only be for those that allow fans to watch the race on big screens, as it was not possible to increase any more seats for the grandstand and VIP areas.

“There are not that many places to put seats [along the racing lanes]. We also have to ensure there are enough washrooms, entrances and exits, and medical stations around,” he said.

The 2016 FIA Formula E HKT Hong Kong ePrix will feature 20 hours of entertainment at the Harbourfront in Central on October 8 and 9.

The race itself, which will kick off the third season of the series, will be held on the second day, with supporting races on the first day.