Organizers Say Russian GP will only have 45K (Update)

UPDATE Tickets for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrome went on sale over the weekend.

In total, more than 45,000 tickets are on offer with prices starting at 5,000 rubles (£85) for three days in General Admission which is located in the area around the Bolshoi Ice Dome.

Additionally, there are 23,000 tickets available for the temporary Grandstands – located, according to organizers, "next to the most interesting turns" – with prices ranging from 11,000 (£188) to 17,000 rubles (£290).

Seats in the Main Grandstand, which will afford fans views of the start/finish straight, pits and final turn, are available at prices ranging from 23,000 (£393) to 30,500 rubles (£522).

As ever, special VIP lounges are available whereby fans "will enjoy comfort, exceptional views, personal service, convenient parking and exquisite cuisine".

Tickets for the event, which takes place on the 10th – 12th October, went on sale on Saturday at the Sochi Autodrome's official website.

05/22/14 Organizers of F1’s Russian Grand Prix, which is to debut this coming October, are boasting of high demand for tickets, expecting more than 45,000 people to attend the event scheduled for Sochi's Olympic Park. "Demand for tickets is high," Sergei Vorobyov, deputy general director of Omega, a company in charge of organizing the Russian F1 round, told business daily Vedomosti. "We have received over 30,000 preorders." He added that most of those who preordered tickets wanted more than one, which leads Omega to forecast sales of more than 45,000 tickets. The cheapest three-day ticket will cost 5,000 rubles ($145). Prices for other levels of tickets have not been announced. The Russian GP will be held in Sochi on Oct. 12.
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Editor's Note: 45,000? That's all? The promoter will lose his shirt. Revenue is $7.8M and the sanction fee alone is rumored to be $20M. You cannot make money unless you sell near 100,000 tickets.

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