America’s Cup fever has gripped the region after more than 8,000 free tickets were snapped up for the World Series in 24 hours.
Organisers say there has been huge demand for the fresh batch of free passes made available for the sailing spectacle’s Waterfront Festival Arena.
But there are still another 20,000 free tickets going should anyone fear they have missed out on the chance to watch all the action over the four days.
Tickets for the pay-to-view fanzone area are selling fast – with 500 a day still on sale.
More than 10,000 tickets have already been sold for the Portsmouth Live! concert featuring international stars Spandau Ballet, McBusted, Wet Wet Wet and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Event director Leslie Greenhalgh said: ‘We are delighted with the incredible response after increasing the free ticket capacity for the Waterfront Festival Arena.
‘Over 8,000 tickets were booked in 24 hours, and we expect the remaining to go by the end of the week.’
Free tickets are not valid for the Saturday evening concert, a separate paid for ticket is required.
Meanwhile, America’s Cup defenders Oracle Team USA made their way to Portsmouth naval base ahead of the contest yesterday to begin their training.
They join international competitors Softbank Team Japan and Swedish challengers Artemis Racing, who have also arrived ready to prepare.
Leslie said: ‘All the teams have started to arrive, the countdown is on.’
‘The action starts from Thursday when the America’s Cup trophy arrives ready for the opening ceremony and parade of sail.
Ahead of that, on Monday and Tuesday, the cup will be on display at Bremont’s Mayfair Boutique in London.
America’s Cup event authority boss Russell Coutts and Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill will mark the occasion.
A windsurfing simulator has been unveiled as one of the many attractions in the Waterfront Festival Arena.
Tickets are still available across the four days.