Fuji preparing for big 2007 visitor numbers 09 Nov 2006
The Fuji International Speedway near Tokyo has announced plans to cope with the huge numbers of visitors it expects to attract to next years Japanese Grand Prix, the first at the circuit since 1977.
Organisers say they are expecting a total of 280,000 people to attend over the course of the race weekend, with 140,000 on race day alone. Their aim is to attract a diverse range of spectators, from first-time race goers to hardened Formula One fans, with a range of seated and general admission tickets.
It is hoped that holding the event at Fuji Speedway which is located in a rich natural setting with views of the majestic Mount Fuji, will help to popularize motor sports among people from a wide range of backgrounds and will make a contribution to the local community, said a statement from the circuit.
To ensure smooth visitor access to the track, with minimal impact on the local environment, a ticket and ride system will be put in place, combining an admission ticket with bus transportation from regional train stations and off-site car parks.
And to promote the involvement of the nearby community, local residents will be encouraged to participate as operational volunteers, while elementary school children from the area will be invited to come and watch races.
The 2007 Japanese Grand Prix will take place at the Fuji International Speedway from Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, 2007.