According to Supercars, the 2020 Bathurst 1000 weekend running from October 15-18 will not be the same for this year because the popular campsites will be closed, and only 4000 spectators per day will be allowed.
New South Wales (NSW) Health and Supercars agreed to 4000 spectators per day as a part of the COVID-19 safe plan that will only include reserved seating from Murray’s Corner to Hell Corner. This means the other areas like General Admission at the Mount Panorama won’t be accessible.
Comparing the new spectator rule to that of 2019, a year that saw over 201,000 fans at the circuit, and the fifth consecutive year to host over 200,000 fans.
This year, other regulations include closing the campsite, prohibited paddock access, and no autograph sessions.
The limited number of spectators was allowed after the NSW government agreed to increase the stadiums’ crowd limit from 25% to 50% from October 1. They expect that social distancing will be adhered to, and it wasn’t going to be possible with unseated, general admission areas.
Here are some rules set for the 2020 Bathurst 1000 tickets
- Next Tuesday, people who already purchased tickets to The Great Race can access the new allowance in a 24-hour pre-sale window.
- Furthermore, existing ticket holders can request a refund via Ticketek, or roll the tickers over to 2021.
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer released a statement saying that they are disappointed that they won’t have a full crowd at Bathurst, but happy they can offer a limited attendance all the same. He added that it was quite hard to prepare Mount Panorama Track to meet COVID-19 regulations because there is no dedicated seating.
Seamer was very thankful to Bathurst Regional Council and the NSW government for creating a plan that allows you them to host limited fans as they witness a new King of the Mountains when being crowned with the Peter Brock trophy.
He concluded that despite the Mount Panorama hosting limited fans, what matters the most is the safety of the few fans attending the event.
Similarly, Mayor Bobby Bourke noted that a limited crowd number is a massive blow to the Bathurst economy, especially the hospitality industry. Still, he is delighted that the event is going on as planned.
Bourke stated the even though the 2020 event took a different turn, unlike previous years because of the limited crowd numbers; the Council was pleased with the planning for a COVID-safe environment by relevant government agencies and Supercars.
He added that it’s a significant credit to have Bathurst 1000 going on amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They look forward to welcoming the teams and limited fans to share the excitement with thousands of other watching the most iconic motorsport event via TV or streaming online.
2020 Bathurst 1000 ticketing details:
- Only 4000 tickets per day from reserved seating at the bottom of Mount Panorama.
- Top of Mount Panorama access is prohibited.
- Paddock area and back of garages access are prohibited.
- No public camping.
- No autograph sessions.
- Ticket holders can either request a refund via Ticketek or roll the tickets to 2021.