The incredible price explosion using the example of Navarra WorldSBK
Some WorldSBK heroes could hardly believe their eyes on their first ride on this route. Quite a few of them find the course in the Rioja area questionable as a World Championship course. There were even voices that, like Most, describe the track as unworthy of a world championship run. Nevertheless, a WSBK meeting will take place here on the penultimate weekend in August, which is quite something. After the dangerous route in the Czech Republic, for which the ticket prices were astronomical compared to other Superbike World Cup events such as Assen, the people in charge of Navarra are now going one better. While the prices for three days of standing room are still acceptable, tickets for the main grandstand cost over 150 euros. This is more than at most MotoGP events, and simply usury. But it can be even more insane, namely if you want to go to the paddock, you pay 350 (in words three hundred and fifty) euros per person. Jerez de la Frontera is also in Spain and there it cost just over 40 euros in 2019, with free choice of the grandstand seat and including paddock access. Assen was hardly more expensive two years ago, either.
Spielberg’s example proves that things can be more modest if necessary
At the Styrian Grand Prix, it was noticed that the grandstand seats were anything but sold out. The organizer of the double race at the Red Bull Ring seemed to have speculated a lot. Despite the unlimited number of spectators, the Moto3 race took place in front of just 26,000 spectators, according to official information. That is only about an eighth of the numbers from before the pandemic, and the disappointment about it must have been limitless. But what is particularly interesting is the reaction to it. At the beginning of June we were still wondering about the horror prices for a 3-day ticket of almost 169 euros, two months later these are now being offered for less than 100 EUR. Apparently, the need made the organizer more modest after the first GP weekend, or shortly before it. It’s hard to imagine what’s going on in the minds of buyers two months ago for almost twice as much.
MotoGP Misano knocks out the bottom
At Valentino Rossi’s last race in his home country, the prices went through the roof. For Saturday and Sunday you pay between 185 and 325 euros and nothing goes below 190 for just the day of the race. In the homeland of pizza and mafia, you don’t seem to have any scruples. Presumably, a maximum of “only” 23,000 spectators are allowed, and they will now be asked to pay accordingly. The corona pandemic cannot be used as an excuse for this price insanity. It remains to be seen whether it will work out for the organizer. Misano, along with Mugello and Brno, was one of the three most expensive MotoGP organizers worldwide in 2019. It will be interesting to see if and how Valentino Rossi’s resignation will affect the incredible prices in Italy in the next few years. Until before the pandemic, Imola and Misano were the front-runners in WorldSBK and the tickets already cost several times that of Assen, Aragon and Jerez.
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