From: BradGlennan .....--... Re:
on 23/09/2011 at 03:04 PM
I can see where you are coming from, but I guess the point im trying to make is simply the event becomes a bigger spectacle when more people are there watching it. One of the highlights of my racing life was at the Australian Grand Prix support race in 2000, when we raced before basically a full crowd on the Sunday.
I personally dont think the cost of admission is related to the efforts of the event you are watching? The Tour de France is the largest annual Sporting event spectator wise, all 200 odd cyclists are world class, its broadcast around the world on live TV, yet it doesnt cost to watch it, and I dont believe the participants feel any lesser athletes becuase the spectators are not paying an admission fee to watch them.
Anyway Terry, thanks for listening to my ideas, your doing a great job with the series!
various sporting events that are run on public roads such as cycle races or marathons are free for spectators because of obvious reasons namely it is impossible to charge a entry fee, but go to a actual track or valodrome where you get a seat and you have to pay to enter.
I know there is this thought that plenty of people would come along if it cost nothing to enter but that is not always the case, I know of one race track that has for the last two years made it free to enter the circuit on weekends when race meetings are on and they get even few people now coming through the gate then when they charged a small fee.
In reality we pay to advertise these events, if we were to make it free we wouldn't advertise them so that would create a vicious circle of no advertising, even fewer spectators. While I accept there are not thousands and thousands of spectators coming through the gate the ones that do pay for the advertising so that helps to lift the profile of the events and build up the series. Right now we are in hard times for many people but that is a cycle and one that has repeated many times before and if you sell or give away tickets in the short term then it comes back to haunt you in the medium term when things improve.
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