Free Tickets Released to See Tour de France in York
7:46am 23rd January 2014
The event on Sunday 6th July is expected to be very popular so authorities have put in a limit of four tickets per household so that everyone has a chance to apply.
Visitors will be able to use the racecourse stands to watch both the pre-race caravan and then the cyclists themselves as they set off for the second stage. The leading riders will be presented to the crowds before they head into York and then begin the race.
Giant screens and hundreds of televisions around the site will allow visitors to follow all the action from the Tour itself as it heads towards the daily finish in Sheffield; as well as letting them enjoy the wider sporting action from the Men’s Final at Wimbledon and the British Formula One Grand Prix.
Many local clubs will offer taster sessions and displays throughout the day as part of a carnival atmosphere complete with other family focused entertainment.
There will be road closures in the city centre so there will be an official car park at the racecourse which is available at an advanced booked fee of £8.50 for the day. People are being advised to reserve their parking in advance.
Tony Lee, the senior racecourse manager who is working closest with ASO said, “We understand the ability of sport to thrill so it is a real honour that such a famous event is coming to York. In our history we have hosted the Queen, the Pope, Royal Ascot, the St Leger, the Olympic Torch and now Le Tour is coming.” He continued, “We are thinking about the day as a combination of our popular family raceday and the celebrations when the Olympic Torch paid a visit. The facilities of the main stands will be available from cafes to bar to toilets, using the viewing steps and, if necessary, offering some wet weather cover.”
William Derby, Chief Executive of York Racecourse, said: “The city really knows how to stage a memorable spectacle and the honour of staging this event at the racecourse will be no exception. To watch the competitors set off, the facilities of the main stands and the viewing steps will be available and, if necessary, offering some wet weather cover. A season at York Races generates £58 million for the local economy so we can understand how an event like the Tour could well generate double that amount for the region over the weekend alone.”
Yesterday, a one stop website for information on the Tour de France in York was launched for visitors to book camping and parking as well as buy branded goods. Three temporary camp sites will be opened in the city at Monk Stray, the designer outlet and in Rowntree Park by Millennium Bridge. More details on those are expected in June.
Sonja Crisp, York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “We want to make the Grand Départ from York an amazing experience for everyone involved. Hosted in such a beautiful and vibrant city, we want people to stay and make the most of a summer weekend of entertainment, sport and the fantastic facilities York has to offer.
“As a celebration of sport, many local clubs will be offering taster sessions and displays throughout the day as part of a carnival atmosphere complete with a full programme of family-focused entertainment – plenty for everyone to get involved and have an amazing experience."
“It’s also going to be well worth keeping an eye on www.letouryork.com which is going to be updated regularly. We’re looking forward to some very special offers being posted, so don’t miss out!”
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