India's maiden Formula One Grand Prix is still about two months away, but race enthusiasts are buying tickets in a hurry, not willing to risk missing out on the grand spectacle.
Jaypee Sports International (JPSI), which is hosting the Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida towards October-end, has already sold 20,000 tickets, over 20% of the total one lakh tickets available.
Most tickets have been sold online. All the 7,000 tickets priced at R2,500 each have been sold. People are now going for more expensive ones. Tickets have been priced between R2,500 and R35,000.
Students are very enthusiastic about the event. The city has more than 70 management and engineering colleges where over 2 lakh students study. "We have booked R2,500 seats," Deepak Bhadana, a student, said.
"Motorsports is liked by students as it provides thrill. I have planned to join the academy to be set up next year at Buddh International Circuit," said Vivek Nagar, a college student.
"As over one lakh visitors are expected during the event, authorities should arrange for accommodations well in advance. Besides, bed and breakfast units should be registered in large numbers. This will provide cheap accommodation to visitors," said JK Dutta, president, Federation of Greater Noida Residents Welfare Association.
Jaypee Group's integrated sports complex near City Park has already proved a hit among foreign visitors and MNC top executives.
PP Sharma, senior executive with Yamaha Motors and general secretary, Association of Greater Noida Industries, said, "International level sports infrastructure is a boon for foreign executives who used to go to Delhi for such facilities."