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Supercars cracks magic number at Gold Coast

SUPERCARS is celebrating cracking the 200,000 crowd mark for the first time at the Gold Coast.

Supercars first began promoting the Gold Coast event a decade ago, it having long centred around an Indy spectacle until 2008.

After a three-year hiatus forced by COVID-19, Surfers Paradise returned to the Repco Supercars Championship calendar with a bang.

All up, a record crowd of 200,232 rolled through the gates, beating the previous record of 198,763 set in 2019.

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“We waited three years to put this event back together and it was one of the best ever,” said Supercars CEO Shane Howard.

“This is biggest attendance we’ve had at the event on the Gold Coast since Supercars started promoting it 10 years ago.

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“I want to thank our loyal and passionate fans for the support of this sensational event. To have 200-thousand fans attend this year’s Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 confirms its status as Queensland’s biggest sporting event.”

In addition to the on-track action, end-of-day concerts featured on each of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“This year we re-energised the event with three nights of music acts including some of the best international DJs and Australian live acts,” Howard continued.

“We had a focus on providing something for everyone at this year’s event from the addition of the Hellenika Suite at the Beach Chicane to the SuperKids Zone and new on-track entertainment.

“Boost Mobile activations brought a huge amount of colour and entertainment to fans of all ages as well.

“The weather was perfect; fans enjoyed the party atmosphere and we showed the Gold Coast off to the rest of the world as one of the best events on the calendar.

“We’d like to thank the local businesses and residents who continue to get behind us and help to deliver great outcomes for visitors.

“I want to thank Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, Tourism Events Queensland, the Queensland Government, Major Events Gold Coast, Gold Coast City Council and Boost Mobile for their extraordinary support of the event.”

Surfers Paradise is again anticipated to be the penultimate event of the 2023 calendar.

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