The Australian Grand Prix in 2022 had a total attendance of 419,114 spectators, making it the event with the biggest attendance in the annals of the Melbourne track’s illustrious existence.
This broke the previous record for attendance over the course of four days, which stood at 401,000 and was set in 1996—the same year that the Australian Grand Prix moved from Adelaide to Melbourne.
Because of the all-time high number of spectators, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation has decided to expand the capacity of the grandstands for the race in 2023. This decision was taken as a direct response to the unprecedented number of spectators.
A redesign of the areas that make up the grandstands will result in an increase from 39,000 to 44,000 in the seating capacity of the 16 grandstands that are situated within the Albert Park precinct. This increase will take place as a direct consequence of the grandstands.
Tickets for the freshly reconstructed grandstands will be available to the general public starting tomorrow as part of a staggered distribution of the tickets. On December 6th, we will launch the second phase of the sale.
“In 2022, we saw grandstand seats sell out in record time, and with the 2023 event on track to follow suit, make sure you jump online nice and early to avoid missing out,” said Samantha O’Hearn, the Senior Manager of Product and Customer Experience for the AGPC. “In 2023, we expect the same thing to happen, so make sure you jump online nice and early to avoid missing out.” “The event is scheduled to proceed in the same manner in 2023, so make sure you log in as soon as possible to prevent missing out on the opportunity.”
This year, in April, a new record for the overall attendance was established, and it includes distinct attendance records for both Friday and Saturday. The new record was achieved for the total attendance. Despite this, the attendance on the day of the race was only the third-highest ever recorded.
The enormous turnout was ascribed to a variety of different things, including the general rise in popularity of Formula 1, as well as what was virtually a three-year gap between Australian Grand Prix competitions as a result of the global health crisis. Both of these factors contributed to the event’s success in drawing a huge crowd.
Despite the fact that Melbourne was one of the Australian cities that was closed down the most as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak, residents of the city expressed their satisfaction at the return of international events.
The AGPC had earlier forecasted that a shortage of available labor would be a limiting factor on total audience numbers for the 2022 hosting of the event; nonetheless, this record was accomplished despite the AGPC’s estimates that it would not be possible to reach the projected total crowd numbers.
A new deal between Formula One and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) will see Melbourne continue to serve as the event’s host city until 2035. The first race in the series will take place in 2023 between the dates of March 30 and April 2, and it will be the first race in Australia.
The next year will be the first time that Formula 2 and Formula 3 will compete on the same bill with Supercars at Albert Park. The second round of the 2023 Supercars season will be held there.