the following statement has just been issued by the ACO and clarifies how spectators attending this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours will experience the race.
The statement in full:
Like so many other sporting and cultural events, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has had to restrict the number of spectators to protect the health of everyone in attendance. The 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans car race will thus go ahead on 19/20 September 2020 with a limited number of fans hosted in “villages”, each accommodating up to 5,000 people.
Having been rescheduled for 19/20 September, the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans will be somewhat different for racegoers this year, in keeping with French government guidelines in force for large sports events in the current health context.
Working closely with the public authorities, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has thus opted to split the circuit enclosure into a number of “villages”, each with capacity for a maximum 5,000 spectators. Each village will be indicated by a colour (e.g. the Red Village) and will be strictly self-contained to prevent contact and movement between groups of fans. They will all offer a view over the racetrack and a big screen, along with special entertainment, eateries, car parking and some will have grandstands or camping pitches. Our priority is to help spectators enjoy the race as much as possible, despite the unusual circumstances.
A strict health protocol will apply throughout the event, with face masks compulsory for anyone over the age of 11. Shared facilities such as the toilets and grandstands will be thoroughly cleaned ahead of the race and disinfected regularly throughout the event. There will be hand sanitizer dispensers all around the circuit enclosure and signs to remind people of good hygiene and social distancing practices. There will be a specific protocol for competitors and their staff.
Due to the current restrictions and the streamlined schedule for the 2020 race, spectators may arrive at the circuit from 8 am on Thursday 17 September, while the campsites will be open from 2 pm on Wednesday 16 September. The scrutineering process (technical and administrative checks) will take place on Wednesday 16 September, unfortunately behind closed doors this year.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TICKET OR PASS HOLDERS
From 17 August, the ACO ticket office will start contacting everyone who has already acquired a grandstand ticket or general enclosure pass or who has booked a car park or a camping pitch, regardless of whether they are ACO members or not, with information on:
how to access the circuit this year, providing a detailed plan of the site;
how to purchase any additional tickets they require;
which village they are assigned to.
In order to process all the files, the ACO will not be able to respond to spectators’ and members’ enquiries before the end of August. We ask for your patience and understanding in this respect and ask you to avoid contacting the ACO ticket office. You will be contacted individually between 17 and 31 August.
Spectators must acquire a ticket before arriving at the circuit. They must also wear a face mask as soon as they enter the site. Due to health requirements, there will be no tickets on sale at the circuit entrance.
Ticket sales have now been suspended as previously announced.