As promised the ACO have revealed their current plans for spectators for the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours on 19-20 September in the wake of the currently ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
DSC sources suggest that the measures outlined in the ACO bulletin reproduced in full below are designed to impose a cap of 50,000 spectators at this time.
That total is understood to be subject to review in both directions depending on future French Government, Regional and Local Government advice and regulation.
Full details in every scenario are still awaited but some ticket sales are understood to be underway with authorised resellers still permitted to sell those tickets that they had already purchased from the ACO prior to today, those totals having been taken into account prior to today’s statement.
The ACO statement in full:
The 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on 19–20 September, with a smaller crowd than usual. Entry will be granted to all racegoers who have already booked their tickets (until June 29). Ticket sales have been suspended until further notice, pending government announcements and according to the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the current circumstances, the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be using its global reach to emphasise the need for solidarity and responsibility, two watchwords that epitomise the values of endurance racing and the team spirit that has reigned over Le Mans since 1923.
Exceptional circumstances call for an exceptional event. Due to restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic, the race programme will be more streamlined and crowds thinner for this year’s event.
Ticket sales have been suspended in the hope that conditions improve, enabling current restrictions on large crowds to be lifted. Only ACO members* and anyone who already holds a ticket for the race will be admitted to the circuit as a spectator. ACO members, spectators and authorised resellers who have already booked and paid for grandstand tickets, camping areas, parking spaces or ACO member hospitality areas may purchase the corresponding tickets for the race. Please contact ACO customer services (email@example.com).
Solidarity and responsibility are the core principles for this year’s event. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is keen to emphasise the values of endurance racing and the team spirit that has reigned over Le Mans since 1923. Tribute will be paid to frontline workers in this crisis who have been relentless in their devotion. They deserve our thanks and our support.
Human health and the environment are interlinked and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest is fully committed to the cause for sustainable, zero-emission mobility. A new category for hydrogen-electric prototypes at the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans will be an achievement in terms of impact on the energy transition.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, organiser of the 24 Hours of Le Mans: “At the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, solidarity and responsibility will be more than mere words. The principles form the foundation of an event that will celebrate togetherness and fraternity. We will be paying tribute to the heroes of the crisis and saluting the commitment of the members of our club, volunteers, teams, partners, institutions, media and fans – without whom this race could not take place and who have already made it a memorable occasion. We have always been at the forefront of technological innovation to improve safety and sustainable mobility. Responsibility is one of our founding principles. We are therefore sure that our loyal spectators will understand our position and support our decision. We will not be breaking any attendance records this year. However, all the magic of the race will remain intact and the spectator experience – trackside or from a distance – will remain world-class.”
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest will soon be announcing details of how the millions of fans worldwide will be able to experience the 24 Hours of Le Mans, wherever they are, thanks to online content and interactivity.
Spectators who have already booked tickets, grandstands and campsite pitches for the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans will receive details in due course of the procedures in place at the circuit.
*within the limit of available seats