Building the Dutch Grand Prix – A world-class transformation
It is just under four weeks until the start of the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix. Every day, including the weekends, more than 200 people work on the more than 600,000 square metre site. From early in the morning until late in the evening, they build on the biggest sports event of the last decade in the Netherlands. The capacity of this Dutch event, with almost 90,000 seats, is unprecedented. A sports stadium with the capacity of twice the Johan Cruijff ArenA will be built on the Circuit.
Almost all the stands are in place
The thousands of race fans, who have managed to get a ticket, cannot wait until the start of the Dutch Grand Prix. They have been waiting to use their ticket for two years now. That the event is getting closer and closer is now impossible to miss. The fans can already see their seats, on which they will witness the heroic fight for the world title between Verstappen and Hamilton, on the circuit. Three quarters of the stands have already been built and the hospitality lounges can already be admired from just outside the circuit. The remaining constructions of the circuit like the F1 Fanzone will be built in the coming weeks.
Sporting director Jan Lammers is enthusiastic. “The construction in Zandvoort is fascinating to see. We are still preparing for an event with full capacity. Now that the corona numbers are on the decline, we have enough reasons to be confident about the return of the Dutch Grand Prix after 36 years. It is really impressive what is already been built. We started building full force on the 26th of June and are working on a truly unique Dutch sporting event.”
Lammers describes the process as dealing with the circumstances. “We have to make sure that we are completely ready. That is our duty to everyone who has bought a ticket. But we are not the ones who are making the decision. That ball is in the government’s court. But we are confident that the measures taken by the government will have the desired effect and that all outdoor sporting events will be able to take place at full capacity after the 1st of September. The Fieldlab event research prove this, and we want to and can organise it safely. It would be a real shame to have to cancel this amazing event without being able to experience the battle for the world title live here in the Netherlands.”