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Race attendance are on the slide - " why?

There are 2 comments on the Motorcycle News story from Jun 4, 2013, titled Race attendance are on the slide - " why?. In it, Motorcycle News reports that:

Moto GP last year for two adults and one child was A 150 in advance. A 75 each adult child free, this year adults A 95 each, child now A 47.50 and PARKING A 25. WSB in Silverstone A 40 each adult and child free, no charge for parking.

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Mark

Perth, Australia

#1 Jun 5, 2013
It is amazing. I live in western Australian and it's cheaper to go to the Malaysian gp. What's with that.

Since: Sep 12

Jackson

#3 Jul 4, 2013
MD Conservative wrote:
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Seriously?
Here in the states the GP tickets run as little as USD$18, the most expensive around USD$200
Prices depend on what type of race you're going to. Local dirt oval tracks are usually below $20. I don't remember what a NASCAR ticket costs but I don't think it was all that high. Grand-Am and IndyCar tickets were maybe in the range of like $20 to $50 (thereabouts).

F1 tickets are many hundreds of dollars because it's a very, very, very expensive sport. For comparison, you can field a Sprint Cup car for a full NASCAR season for $10 to $20 million, and that's for thirty-some races. To field a competitive F1 team for twenty races you need $200 to $400 million; twenty times as much for just over half as many races. Actually, it's really even worse than this because the $200 to $400 million is just for development of the car, and not all of your other expenses like crew, drivers, tires, and traveling all over the globe.

Back to the topic question of race attendance being on the decline...

I don't think there is a single reason. It's probably a combination of various factors, some impacting some series more than others. Regardless, attendance and television viewership are down for all series for which I have seen figures, including Formula One, NASCAR, and IndyCar as major examples. It isn't as simple as ticket prices because ticket prices don't affect television viewership, which is also down across the board. Daytona 500 viewership, on television, isn't much more than half of what it once was several years ago, which may be a result of NASCAR being a brief love affair for many previous viewers. F1 viewership is also down maybe 15 to 20% of what it was a few years back, and this is again referring to television rather than paying for tickets.

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