Spectator announcement

Spectator announcement

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RL17

855 posts

48 months

Tuesday
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Good news today as was dreading a final decision this early

eps

5,136 posts

224 months

Tuesday
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RL17 said:
Good news today as was dreading a final decision this early
I would suspect that this isn't a final decision but it does at least clearly signal their intent.

Just thankful we've got tickets and tunnel booked smile

FredericRobinson

2,058 posts

187 months

Tuesday
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I reckon a lot now rests on how the big French holiday season goes

lowdrag

10,460 posts

168 months

Tuesday
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Daughter in law is on the beach at the Lavandou at the moment. Not too many, but this is only the first week of the season. Rental prices stayed firm until recently, a Mexican standoff I think, but have now dropped so people may well be booking. It will take a lot to separate the french from their annual break.

24lemons

2,353 posts

140 months

Tuesday
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So we have 2 general admission tickets but no camping permit. Is it possible to park a camper van on Any of the free public car parks just for Saturday night? If not can anyone suggest an alternative?

gt6

1,315 posts

140 months

Tuesday
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If you have a parking permit you should be ok for saturday/sunday, but not if you arrive earlier.

slartibartfast

3,813 posts

156 months

Tuesday
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So those who aren't camping in a valid campsite will be st out then?

markrwadsworth

20 posts

74 months

Tuesday
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We stay at Chateau Chanteloup......

https://www.chateau-de-chanteloup.com/en/

//j17

3,462 posts

178 months

Wednesday
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slartibartfast said:
So those who aren't camping in a valid campsite will be st out then?
It depends. If you've not bought ANY tickets and were just planning on buying GE on the gate/watching from the public banking then yes, you will be shut out. On the other hand if you have already bought GE or, I'd assume grandstand tickets then you should be able to buy GE tickets.

slartibartfast

3,813 posts

156 months

Wednesday
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//j17 said:
slartibartfast said:
So those who aren't camping in a valid campsite will be st out then?
It depends. If you've not bought ANY tickets and were just planning on buying GE on the gate/watching from the public banking then yes, you will be shut out. On the other hand if you have already bought GE or, I'd assume grandstand tickets then you should be able to buy GE tickets.
We always buy GA tickets at the gate.
Lets hope in the 3 months that things change otherwise I can see a lot of blackop's happening!

lowdrag

10,460 posts

168 months

Wednesday
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Well, I've read the article in the Maine Libre this morning four times, and frankly I am not at all sure I have got it right. There are two things that are very clear though.

1. It is estimated that there are 23,000 members of the ACO and they will have the right to buy two tickets even if they have not so far done so.

2. A big surprise this. The Minister for Sport has the right, with government permission, to decide to change the maximum number of spectators on the 11th July, not at the beginning of September, so in less than two weeks time.

For the rest please don't take as gospel what I now say. All those who have already reserved and paid for, parking, camp sites etc will be able to buy tickets. This applies also to the intermediaries which I assume will mean Team Langoustine, 1st Tickets, etc.

That being said, their estimation of the total number of spectators is 60,000. Frankly, I can't figure out how they arrive at this figure given the previous statements. I repeat, #1 & #2 are definite, but for the rest it was badly worded and only my interpretation.

WhyTwo

1,086 posts

147 months

Wednesday
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markrwadsworth said:
We stay at Chateau Chanteloup......

https://www.chateau-de-chanteloup.com/en/
So do we. Have places reserved for Sept.

Should be interesting, it's under new management, Dominique and Jean-William have sold up

Wednesday
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lowdrag said:
That being said, their estimation of the total number of spectators is 60,000
It could be that previous ACO boasts of over 200k being in attendance was nowt but bullst.

lowdrag

10,460 posts

168 months

Wednesday
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Powerfully Built PSC Director - Outside IR35 said:
It could be that previous ACO boasts of over 200k being in attendance was nowt but bullst.
And always has been. Walking through the village, looking at the camp sites, talking to locals, people have been saying that the peak years were 5-10 years ago. One can never be sure of course, but it has never seemed like a quarter of a million people have arrived. Remember, last year was supposedly 252,000, but it is said that that number is of clicks at the turnstiles, so if you go for four days, four clicks.

icepop

1,156 posts

162 months

Wednesday
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Re. numbers, as anyone who has been to a footy match, where the crowd is a definite 60,000, it's definite to me that there are at least twice or three times that number attend LM.

FredericRobinson

2,058 posts

187 months

Wednesday
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The attendance at the Moto GP last year was given at something around 100,000, including plenty round the Bugatti circuit, there's no way there was more than double that for the 24, the ACO figure includes loads of double counting

wsn03

1,259 posts

56 months

Wednesday
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My first was 2008.
My second was the year of the Nissan stealth thing - 2011?

I resumed 2017 onwards.

2008 had far more Brits in my opinion, and I would say far more people in all. 2008 Sunday was much busier than say the last 2 years for sure - I sit in the same spot down from the Dunlop Bridge, it is a lot quieter on Sunday now than it was when I came in 2008. Saturdays on all 5 of the car races I have been to appeared to be packed out in the main stadium areas at least for the race starts.

Edited by wsn03 on Wednesday 1st July 17:28

eps

5,136 posts

224 months

Wednesday
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The years when Football internationals coincide with Le Mans definitely seem to be more highly attended than when not.

The attendance numbers, whatever they are, definitely rose and rose from when I started going to Le Mans, so from 97 up until about the last 3-5 years which have definitely seen a drop.

Oldwolf

440 posts

148 months

Wednesday
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Powerfully Built PSC Director - Outside IR35 said:
It could be that previous ACO boasts of over 200k being in attendance was nowt but bullst.
Wasn't 60,000 the number that attended in 1968 (the previous time it was held in Sept).
The ACO may have forecast attendance based on that 😁

Flamma

18 posts

31 months

Wednesday
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Well I wasn't sure if I really wanted to go in September with the weather and not being terribly healthy.. but looks like it's out of my hands now as I've just had an email confirming full refund. Bit confused given the ACO announcement yesterday but I guess I won't need to rush out and buy thermals and a gas mask...