Mon, 4 July 2016

Hong Kong Confirmed as Opening Event of Formula E's New ePrix Season

The initial public ticket sale offering for the inaugural 2016 HKT Hong Kong ePrix has met with strong public response, with all 2,000 grandstand seats put up for sale on 31 May sold out within a month of offering.

Adding to the mounting excitement around this landmark sports and entertainment event is the announcement by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the global sanctioning body for Formula E, that the HKT Hong Kong ePrix will enjoy pride of place on the international circuit as the opening race of Formula E’s third season.

The third season will begin in Hong Kong on 8 and 9 October 2016 with the hosting of the first ever HKT Hong Kong ePrix. Hong Kong will be the first of 14 races in 2016/17.

Mr Godfrey Leung, Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, said, “We are happy to learn that the FIA has confirmed Hong Kong as the first stop of the third season of its Championship in 2016/17. The government fully supports and is forging ahead with the implementation of this world-class novel car race in Hong Kong. The race will showcase our splendid skyline and harbour view to the world, enrich the attractiveness of Hong Kong to visitors and reinforce our position as an events capital of Asia. We are confident that car racing enthusiasts, who incidentally are typically high-spending visitors, will come to Hong Kong specifically for this race.”

In response to the strong demand for tickets, event organisers Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong Limited are about to release  tickets for grandstand seating of which capacity has been expanded to 6,000 seats.

Two additional grandstands at Tamar Park and the Hong Kong Observation Wheel will accompany the Lung Wo Road Grandstand.

Additional seating in the abovementioned grandstands will be placed on sale in the second phase of ticketing to begin on 8 July via Ticketflap with a third phase of ticketing to be offered closer to the event.

“We are honoured to have been chosen as the opening event of what is certain to be the most compelling season of Formula E ever,” said Mr Alan Fang, Chief Executive Officer of Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong Limited. “Our thanks go to Formula E Operations and the FIA for their strong support as we work even harder to put on an event fit to launch the global series. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Tourism Commission for its support and facilitation in helping to make the Hong Kong ePrix a reality and establishing an effective platform for us to work closely with the tourism trade and the retail sector in enhancing the tourism appeal of the race.”

HKT Hong Kong ePrix eVillage

Over 4,000 of the 10,000 tickets for the event’s eVillage fan experience zone have been sold.

Tickets for the eVillage are HK$300 for the two-day event. Senior citizens (65 and above) and children’s (five to 12) eVillage tickets are HK$150. eVillage tickets do not give access to the grandstand.

The eVillage will feature attractions and entertainment including musical performances on a series of mini-stages, children’s zones and an array of game booths and activities.

In keeping with the ePrix’s emphasis on promoting sustainability, the eVillage will also include interactive displays on the latest sustainable energy technologies as well as displays of new electric cars from some of the world’s premier marques.

Phase II Ticketing to Commence 8 July

Ticket prices are unchanged from Phase I with every ticket providing access to the full two-day calendar of races and supporting events.

An adult grandstand ticket for the full race weekend is HK$2,380 and includes access to the eVillage. Grandstand seat concession prices for children (aged 5 to 12) and senior citizens (aged 65 and above) are HK$1,190.

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