The first-ever MotoGP race staged in Greater Noida attracted more than one lakh spectators from India and throughout the world, generating more than Rs 930 crore in revenue, according to Uttar Pradesh government.
The event took place from September 22 to 24. On Sunday, the major race was observed by UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, a number of federal and state ministers, along with actors and cricket players.
“The high-end preparations including hospitality, security arrangements, connectivity at MotoGP Bharat resulted in gathering of more than one lakh people from India and around the world at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida for the much-anticipated event hosted by India for the first time,” the Uttar Pradesh government said.
“The event also did a record business of Rs 933,76,46,000 (Euro 106 million),” it said in a statement.
According to the statement, 82 riders from 41 teams from around the world dazzled Indian spectators with their speed during the MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3 races conducted at the Buddh International Circuit.
“More than one lakh visitors came to the Buddh International Circuit in Gautam Buddh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh to experience the thrill of the high-profile race that took place in India for the first time. The one lakh visitors included around 10,000 to 15,000 foreign visitors,” the statement said.
The record visits are being attributed to the massive arrangements that the state government made to welcome and ensure enjoyable stay of the visitors and representatives of various international brands during the three-day event, it added.
The huge footfall can be attributed to the extensive preparations made by the state government to warmly welcome and ensure the enjoyable stay of attendees and representatives from various international brands throughout the three-day event, the statement said.
The day of the Moto GP final race, which Marco Bezzecchi won, drew the largest crowd. The thrilling race and Adityanath delivering the prize to Bezzecchi were seen by about 50,000 spectators, the report added.
According to the authorities, the race was witnessed by roughly 30,000 spectators on the second day and about 15,000 people on Friday.
Additionally, there were more than 5,000 foreign staff members present at the Buddh International Circuit with the teams, and around 150 international and national media personnel were also there to cover the event, it said.
On the economic activities during the event, the government said this includes a significant investment of Rs 50 crores in track development and basic infrastructure.
“Notably, the benefits of these economic activities have been seen in various sectors in Greater Noida, including the hotel industry, restaurants, transportation, and hospitality, among others,” it said.
“The far-reaching consequences of this event are yet to be seen, as many major brands are considering expanding their investments in Uttar Pradesh following CM Adityanath’s appeal, and the success of MotoGP could play a significant role in this,” it added.
(With inputs from PTI)