The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is the first of four to have reported lower ticket sales than in 2018. The Baku event looks set to remain one of the least-attended races of the season. Approximately 85,000 fans attended the Baku City Circuit over the 2019 event weekend, a drop of 9,000 from 2018’s figure
. Baku City Circuit Operations claimed that ticket sales matched that of 2018, with the drop in attendance being attributed to the lack of a Friday concert, plus the late cancellation of the Sam Smith concert (he was replaced by Jessie J).
Perhaps a more worrying issue for the event is the fact that, while the circuit offers the seventh cheapest grandstand tickets of the season, tickets cost almost 60% of the local average monthly wage
. International visitors accounted for almost 25% of ticket sales
, though the number would certainly be higher if there were more convenient flight connections to the Azerbaijani capital. In spite of this, BCC’s Head of Commercial, Bulent Ozerdim, noted the rise in attendance of locals:
“We are enormously encouraged by the fact that our local fan base is growing year-on-year and in particular appears to be resonating with the country’s youth. I believe we now have all the pieces in place to grow from this position of strength and continue to deliver another incredible F1 race weekend for the fans in 2020.”
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is believed to be seeking a change back to a June slot on the 2020 calendar.