Culture official praises plans for 2016 America’s Cup World Series

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THE councillor who oversees culture and sport in Portsmouth has praised plans put forward by organisers for this year’s America’s Cup World Series.

Event bosses say they have made improvements for the 2016 cup regatta featuring city-based sailor Sir Ben Ainslie, including a free-to-view Southsea Common arena where people can get in without a ticket.

And, following problems last year with people being turned away with picnics, there will be no restrictions on food and drink in the free zone.

Tickets for the race village are £25.

Councillor Linda Symes said: ‘It’s a wonderful event for the city which brings in a lot of inward business. It raises the city’s profile and puts us on the map.’

Cllr Symes will make a final decision at a meeting on March 18 on how the event site will be laid out. She said: ‘We have already had a briefing meeting, and heard deputations from members. The decision rests on who turns up and makes deputations on the day.’