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British MotoGP at Silverstone tenth on UK sporting attendance list

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Pete - Unregistered

December 20, 2012 8:24 AM

I remember the Carl Foggarty era in WSB at Brands Hatch when 130,000 turned up on race day!! Highest attendance for a single day in any sport for that year by a considerable margin. I was there and it was amazing!! Breaks my heart to see the poor attendance at the WSB now.
In terms of total attendance, how about the TT? Surly thaere must have been more there than watching rubbish tennis/horses/golf stuff??

TC - Unregistered

December 20, 2012 9:35 AM

March - nothing wrong with data - list is of single sporting events - Old Trafford capacity average 75,000 per game so doesn't make the list


December 20, 2012 11:12 AM

I suspect the figure are based on ticket sales so the TT cannot be included. Similarly, events like the Tour de France and Rally GB (or whatever it is called now) are not included. When it was the RAC rally, attendance was huge (c1m) but without ticket sales to verify.


December 20, 2012 11:57 AM

Aside from the TT not being ticketed and therefore true attendance be accurately recorded, even by estimates it is unfortunatley not really close to the top ten.

Last year the steam packet reported 11,237 bikes came for TT fornight (so max 20,000 people) and 41,100 people came through Ronaldsway. Even if we said a generous 75% of those flying came for the TT, we're still looking at only 50,000 people flying or riding there.

Sure, there would have been some people driving and some people as foot passengers, but I am sure nowhere near enough to get up to the 100,000 people mark.

The TT is growing though, it's brilliantly marketed, the best TV coverage for generations... it's on the up.


December 20, 2012 1:53 PM

As an american MotoGP and motorcycle racing fan, I really envy europe and the UK passion/devotion for motorsports. Not ony that, but I also envy how the racers are treated...some of these people may it be Schumacher, Hamilton, Rossi, Stoner, or Lorenzo are bigger than the biggest american athlete.

Going back to MotoGP though, it really saddens me that that the sport just haven't taken off here america, this despite having multiple home-bred world champs from Roberts all the way on up to the kentucky kid.

In the end having Austin added to the calendar is great,not to mention hosting it in the spring,however in the end I just don't see MotoGP situation ever changing.

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