Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2022 has set a new record for the highest attendance ever in its 13-year history.
The Marina Bay Street Circuit reopened after a two-year hiatus due to the global 2019 pandemic and welcomed a sold-out record crowd of 302,000 visitors over three days from all over the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Netherlands, and the USA.
HIGHEST IN 13 YEARS
Since the gates opened on 30 September 2022, fans have returned in droves, fuelled by the return of Formula 1, the debut of two new support races and over 100 hours of entertainment over the race weekend, Formula 1 promoters Singapore GP said on Sunday in an update on it’s website.
According to ST, the previous high was 300,000 for the first night race in 2008. The last edition, held in 2019, drew 268,000 supporters to the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The 2020 and 2021 races were cancelled due to the pandemic.
In an interaction Transport Minister S. Iswaran said: “It’s a reflection of the keen interest in our race, its uniqueness and the various elements that we wrap around the race. It’s a very good sign of how things are recovering in Singapore… We have also seen as result of this cascading effect for the broader economy.”
“The hotel occupancy rates are very strong. And also the average room rates, according to (Singapore Tourism Board) STB data, exceeded the historical high of $440 per night for previous F1 periods, he added.”
He pointed out how there were at least 25 Mice (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) events – the industry in 2019 supported more than 34,000 jobs with an economic value-add of $3.8 billion – with nearly 90,000 delegates coinciding with the race.
“In summary, we’ve had a very strong Formula 1 event this year, the response from the world has been very strong, and you could say Singapore is back on track,” he noted.
The night race has generated over $1.5 billion in incremental tourism receipts since it began and offers employment to some 30,000 people at the circuit each race weekend.
Colin Syn, deputy chairman of Singapore GP, said “It is wonderful to welcome fans back to the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The return of Formula 1 was highly anticipated, with tickets snapped up within hours of the launch earlier this year. From the time we announced our contract renewal at the end of January, we have had several months of intense planning to put together a mega show to signal our return in a big way. In addition to the race action, we have curated an exciting range of entertainment, interactive and gastronomic experiences for the fan zones, as well as introduced new grandstands and hospitality facilities.”
“Over the last two days, fans were treated to an entertainment line-up that included Marshmello, Westlife, Black Eyed Peas, Suede, and TLC”.
Tonight, the stage is set for a thrilling finale to the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2022 weekend, with Charles Leclerc in pole position, Sergio Perez in second, and Lewis Hamilton third on the grid.
Top five attendances for Singapore night race
2022 – 302,000
2008 – 300,000
2019 – 268,000
2018 – 263,000
2013 – 262,527
YOU CAN BOOK 2023 TICKETS
“Ticketholders can also look forward to performances by Green Day and The Kid LAROI at the Padang Stage, as well as the Black Eyed Peas at the Wharf Stage tonight”.
Fans eager to reserve their seats for the next edition can already purchase tickets for the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2023, which will be held from 15 to 17 September 2023.
Super early bird tickets are now available for sale via the official website www.singaporegp.sg, select ticketing booths around the Circuit Park and Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (Level 3, Room 336).
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