Buñol Town Hall has decided to restrict the number of international partygoers at this year’s event by only putting 15,000 tickets up for grabs for non-locals.
Organizers of the world-renowned event had previously allowed unlimited access to locals and tourists alike, prompting crowds of up to 45,000 people in the narrow streets of this small Valencian town.
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“Although there haven’t been any incidents, it was starting to become unbearable for the locals and also potentially more dangerous for everyone,” Estefania Palacios, organizer for ticket distributor Spaintastic, told The Local.
“As the tomato-pelting will only take place within one fenced off street, Buñol Town Hall has decided to halve the number of participants to ensure their safety and enjoyment.”
Ninety percent of tickets for this year’s La Tomatina have already been sold, with people from as far afield as Japan, India, Australia and the US expected to come in their droves on August 28th.
Tickets cost €10 and attendees will have to show their ID before entering the “fight zone”.
The last tickets are available on http://latomatina.info/en/buy-tickets/ .
Buñol has seen countless kilos of tomatoes flying through the air since the 1950s.
La Tomatina has attracted so much global attention that numerous cities in South America and Asia have copied the food-throwing festival idea.