Formula E

Formula E organisers to set up screens outside Hong Kong venue to block views for non-ticket holders

Police said these will be put up around the event venue and on several footbridges in the city

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 8:31am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 5:07pm

Blocking screens will be set up outside the racing ground to prevent non-ticket holders from getting a free show during the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix this weekend, police said.

San Tze-kin, assistant district commander of Central, said that the organisers will install these screens around the event venue as well as on various footbridges in the city.

“Blocking screens [will be set up] at all the spots which could possibly see spectators congregating,” he said.

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He suggested that those without tickets should not go to the race because they will not be able to see anything due to the screens.

“Take the Man Yiu Street footbridge, for example – there would be screens installed on both sides of the bridge,” he said. He added that the blocking screens can also prevent objects from falling into the event venue, which could affect the race.

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Although he did not reveal how many police officers would be deployed for the event, he said that the number would be “sufficient” to stop people from congregating.

He also said the police had warned the managers of the surrounding buildings, both private and public, to look out for people attempting to sneak into their buildings in order to watch the race.

He said that parts of some nearby parking garages which face the tracks would also be closed to prevent such free-riding spectators.

“It is not that we don’t want people to enjoy this inaugural racing event in Hong Kong,” he said. “But if we let one person stay, soon two people or ten people would also stay.”

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He said that there is no indication that any demonstration would be held on the day of the event and the risk level for possible terrorist attacks is at the medium level. He added that, in the case of an emergency, the police will take command of the public announcement system inside and outside the event venue so as to facilitate evacuation.

According to the organisers, there will be around 18,000 to 20,000 people attending the race on each day of the weekend.