Fuji International Speedway Announces Outline for
2008 FIA Formula One Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
February 20, 2008
Fuji International Speedway Co., Ltd.
2. Outline of event arrangements
1) Provide safe and sure transportation services
1. Adoption of a Bus Stand-by System
- Because of location requirements, allowing passenger vehicles to access the venue directly or the local area will lead to major traffic congestion in the surrounding area. As a result, this will hamper spectators’ ability to enter and leave the venue, adversely affecting other sightseers and the surrounding environment in general. Thus, the Ticket & Ride System will be continued this year as the means of access to the race venue.
- However, to allow spectators to wait in the buses after the race has finished in the event of inclement weather, the shuttle-bus transport system adopted last year between designated train stations or designated off-site parking areas and the race venue has been revised in favor of a “stand-by system” where buses gather and wait at the venue.
2. Provision of access information
- The following information, such as the estimated amount of time required to reach one’s seat, are planned to be provided to spectators in late March:
a. Distance and estimated time to walk from designated train stations to the bus boarding areas;
b. Estimated time from designated train stations or designated off-site parking areas to the venue by bus;
c. Distance and estimated time to walk from the bus disembarking areas to one’s seat.
3. Changes to infrastructure both inside and outside of the venue
- Bus disembarking areas within the race venue will be paved, entrance gates will be improved, and bus traffic lanes within the venue will be enhanced.
- Designated off-site parking areas will also be improved.
- Walkways within the venue will be modified and improved, such as by widening them in certain areas and creating new pedestrian bridges in others, to ensure a smooth walk for the spectators.
2) Maintain a comfortable and enjoyable environment for spectators
1. Improved hospitality
- The number of staff members will be increased to help improve on-site guidance, information provision, gate checks, and security; pre-event training will be even more thorough in order to enhance the level of service provided to visitors.
- As a courtesy to visitors from overseas, all information signs and announcements will be in English as well as Japanese.
- Temporary toilets will be conveniently placed, with increased numbers near bus stops, and signs will be placed appropriately.
- Lighting fixtures both inside and outside of the venue, such as near walkways and bus stops, will be increased to enhance safer movement for visitors at night.
- The number of speakers will be increased to help ensure that spectators throughout the venue area are able to hear announcements.
2. General improvements to heighten enjoyment of the races
- In addition to increasing the number and size of large viewing screens, they will be placed in front of all designated seating stands.
- Support flags and banners will be allowed as long as they do not pose a danger or inconvenience to other spectators.
- FM broadcasts, the Internet, and mobile phone websites will be used to provide timely information about races, events, traffic conditions and more (the FM reception area will be broadened within the race venue).
- Crucial pre-race information, such as what items to bring, shall be provided in order to allow first-time visitors to the Fuji International Speedway and/or those new to motor racing to fully enjoy the races.
- The same keyword as last year – “Know it. Enjoy it. Feel it.” – will be used as the basis for event planning intended to allow everyone, from first-time spectators to dedicated F1 fans, to enjoy the races.
- Last year, the on-site tour for local elementary school students, the local public relations booths, and the local participant volunteers were all well received and will be continued this year as well.