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Racers Grand Prix tickets go on sale May 1

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior staff reporter

Saturday, April 22, 2017



Online e-tickets for the JN Bank Racers Grand Prix set for June 10 at the National Stadium go on sale on Monday, May 1.


The cost of the tickets range from $1,000 to $6,000. It will cost $6,000 for a ticket to watch the event at the finish line, $3,500 for the rest of Grandstand and $1,000 for the Bleachers’ section of the National Stadium.


Racers Track Club’s vice president Dennis Gordon told the Jamaica Observer that the ticket prices are more than reasonable for an event of the magnitude of the Racers Grand Prix especially when compared with other international meets.


"We think for the event and the calibre of athletes that will be participating, that our prices, when compared with prices on the international level, are understated," Gordon pointed out.


"At international meets it is about US$80, but we have to price our tickets to ensure that a wide cross section of Jamaicans have the chance to see live and direct our own athletes and some of the biggest international names currently gracing the track," Gordon said.


Patrons can actually select where they want to sit in the grandstand via the e-ticket option online by viewing the seating diagram, and once they click on a particular box, it shows the particular block, the row, the seat number, and the price. It also displays the status, whether or not, the seat is available.


Racers Track Club will pay tribute to its most outstanding athlete to date, Usain Bolt, the world record holder for the 100 and 200 metres, at the second staging of its highly successful Racers Grand Prix on Saturday, June 10.


This year the Racers Grand Prix will be staged under the theme ‘Salute to the Legend’, which is honouring the career of the world’s greatest-ever sprinter who will be retiring at the end of this season. It might very well be the last time Jamaicans will see Bolt locally in a competitive race.


Jamaica will be welcoming the world to Kingston as some of the world’s finest athletes, including two other world record holders in South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk (400m) and Kenyan David Rudisha (800m). Bolt’s very good friend Somalian-born Mo Farah of Britain, will also be in action.


Having guided Usain Bolt to athletics immortality, coach Glen Mills is pleading with fans to give the legend a grand send-off in his final competitive race on local soil. "It’s like a coronation," Mills told the Jamaica Observer recently.


"The last race is being billed as a farewell, not goodbye, but in a manner that we appreciate you and we appreciate what you have done for us over the years, and we hope that the people will be there," said Mills, who is also the president of the Racers Track Club.