Zandvoort prepares for ‘biggest sporting event’ in Dutch history despite shrinking fans

Zandvoort is set to host the “biggest sporting event in Dutch history” next month, sporting director Jan Lammers said.

The historic circuit has been revamped and has been eagerly awaiting its first Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix race since 1985 last year, only to have the event canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rather than dampen the excitement, the delay only increased fan excitement with the Zandvoort section of the Orange Army ready to cheer on Max Verstappen in the midst of his epic championship fight with Lewis Hamilton.

On Friday, however, the race suffered a slight setback, as a recent spike in Covid cases led the government to restrict participation to just 70,000 fans per day, up from 105,000 who were expected.

“For me, the glass is two-thirds full,” Lammers said in response. “We’re just going to do it.

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“The three companies behind the Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, SportVibes and TIG Sports – have decided to invest in the future of F1 in the Netherlands.

“The belief in the ambition to organize the biggest Ultimate Race Festival in the world remains the main objective for the years to come.

“This year, certainly in a reduced form, the battle for the world championship will take place in a beautiful orange atmosphere in the stands.

Fans who will be allowed into Zandvoort should be notified by email before next Wednesday, and with three weeks before the F1 circus arrives in the dunes, Lammers has also assured the circuit will be ready to put on a show.

“It is now a matter of implementing the plans that were drawn up a long time ago,” he said.

“About 70 percent of the stands are now standing. Everything is going as planned. Sometimes I think I’m in Indianapolis with all these stands.

“Even before there is a single person in these stands, I realize that we are all involved in the biggest sporting event in Dutch history. And it is very special.

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