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2009 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix to offer early bird pricing on race tickets.
Singapore, 23 March 2009 – Ticketing for the 2009 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix will be released in two parts, each starting with an early bird release, both of which offer significant savings over regular ticket prices.
All grandstands, except for the Bay Grandstand, will be released for sale via selected channels during part one of the ticketing launch on 9 April 2009. This will be followed by part two on 20 April 2009, where the Bay Grandstand and three-day Walkabout tickets will also be released for sale islandwide (see Annex 1).
In all, a total of 72,000 tickets will be released. This is an increase of 2000 tickets when compared to the initial release last year.
The early bird release will consist of up to 50% of the available inventory for grandstand and walkabout passes. Once the early bird allotment in each area is taken up, the balance in the respective category will be offered at the regular 2009 rates.
"We are fully aware of the need to reflect the realities of the current economic situation. Our objective has always been to make the race as accessible as possible. Singapore GP remains committed to this, hence we will continue to offer various pricing points. For 2009, we have introduced our lowest prices ever and held or bettered 2008 ticket prices," said Mr. Teo Hock Seng, Chairman of race promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd (SGP).
In the early bird release of part one, fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for Turn 1, Turn 2, Stamford and Pit Grandstands with savings ranging from 7% to 14% when compared with last year. These prices also represent an average of 15% discount on the regular 2009 prices.
Tickets for the three-day Walkabout, Padang, Connaught and Esplanade Waterfront Grandstands have been held at the same price as last year during the early bird release of part one, offering savings of 12% to 29% over the regular 2009 prices (see Annex 2).
This year, the Bay Grandstand will be presented as a one price category, instead of different pricing points for the upper and lower seats as applied in 2008.
The configurations of the Marina, Raffles and Turn 3 Grandstands are being studied to maximise the viewing opportunities due to the recently announced changes which includes revisions to the Pit Lane Exit and Turn 14.
Currently, only three-day season passes are available for grandstands. However, SGP does not rule out the possibility of releasing single day grandstand tickets closer to the race weekend, pending the take-up of the season passes.
Tickets released in part one of the launch will be available for sale via three channels: online (http://tickets.singaporegp.sg), the ticketing hotline (+65 6738 6738) as well as the SISTIC Box Office, located at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from 9 April 2009. They will not be available at the other SISTIC outlets or via SingPost until 20 April 2009.
As the title sponsor of the race, SingTel is offering its customers the chance to purchase a limited number of single day walkabout tickets at early bird prices, before they are officially released for general sale. These will be exclusively available at the SingTel roadshow at Wisma Atria shopping centre from 10 to 19 April. Any remaining early bird tickets will be available for sale in the second part of the general ticket launch.
In part two of the launch, beginning 20 April 2009, the Bay Grandstand and Walkabout tickets will also be available at SISTIC and SingPost outlets island wide. Subject to availability, all other remaining grandstand inventory released in part one and remaining early bird single-day walkabout tickets will also be available for sale.
Ticket holders are advised to visit the official website, www.singaporegp.sg, regularly for updates and detailed information on the various ticket categories.
About the FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix
The inaugural FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix took place on 28 September 2008 on a street circuit of public roads around the Marina Bay area. The race was the first Formula One™ to be held at night, and the first Formula One™ street race in Asia. Over 100,000 spectators, a sell-out, capacity crowd, and more than 110 million television viewers worldwide watched the Singapore Grand Prix. The 2009 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix will take place from 25-27 September 2009 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in the heart of downtown Singapore.
About Singapore GP Pte Ltd
Singapore GP Pte Ltd is the race promoter for the FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. It holds five-year renewable rights to stage the Singapore Grand Prix, beginning with the 2008 Season. The company is a partnership between Komoco Motors Pte Ltd and regional events company Lushington Entertainments, via its parent company Reef Enterprises.