IN just 48 hours 50,000 tickets to the biggest sporting spectacle Portsmouth has ever seen have been snapped up.
The organisers of the America’s Cup qualifier, led by Sir Ben Ainslie, say the speed at which the tickets were taken shows the pride people have in our city.
All of the 10,000 tickets set aside specifically for people in the PO1 to PO6 postcode went within two days of going online on Monday.
The very best sailors from around the world will be flying across the water at breakneck speeds at the four-day sporting and entertainment extravaganza, from July 23.
Leslie Greenhalgh, from Team Origin, is directing the event.
She said: ‘The people of Portsmouth are genuinely proud of their city and we wanted to encourage residents to showcase their city by getting behind the America’s Cup World Series.
‘Therefore we put aside tickets for the Portsmouth PO1 – PO6 postcode residents, ensuring the local population had the chance to support home team Ben Ainslie Racing and didn’t miss out on all the action.
‘This proved very popular with all resident tickets being taken within 48 hours of the on sale period.
‘This is a must-attend event, the action will take place right next to Southsea Common.
‘Ticket holders will have an amazing view of the racing. It won’t be like watching little yachts on the Solent, in the distance, this will be very close to the shore with live commentary.
‘The racing is extremely fast-paced with the boats reaching speeds of up to 50 knots.
‘Tickets are still available and we encourage all Portsmouth residents to book their tickets now and enjoy four days of fast-paced, fun sporting action.’
More than 250,000 people are expected to watch the action, either from the free waterfront festival arena on Southsea Common, the paid-for fan zone or big screens around the city.
Friday will be a practice race day similar to the Formula One qualifiers, with action being projected on to big screens on Southsea Common.
Saturday and Sunday are the official race days.
There are still free and paid-for tickets available. Go to ticketmaster.co.uk/ACWSPortsmouth.