It’s the biggest sporting event of the year to take place in Ireland and next week’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush is one of the hottest tickets you could imagine.
We will be there as part of our Sport for Social Good Conference on the opening day but if you have not got a ticket yet the organisers are warning that tickets through anything but official sources will risk denial of entry.
The success of the sale process has been an eye-opener and a strong indication of just how the Irish public are willing to support major golf tournaments. We may take it for granted but outside of the Open and the Ryder Cup the idea of being sold out and all ticket is almost unheard of.
Now the R&A have had to make the final two practice days on Tuesday and Wednesday all ticket as well and there are only a small number remaining on sale.
Practice Day tickets for Sunday, 14 and Monday, 15 July are available to purchase both in advance and on the gate.
The R&A is reminding fans that the only way for them to guarantee entry to the course is to purchase tickets in advance via TheOpen.com.
“We are urging fans who are thinking of travelling to Royal Portrush without tickets to reconsider and purchase their tickets in advance so that they are guaranteed entry to the course and are not left disappointed at the gate,” said Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A speaking yesterday.
Unprecedented demand from fans wanting to attend The Open’s historic return to Royal Portrush led to Championship Days selling out in record-breaking fashion and it is now anticipated that the total attendance for Practice Days at Royal Portrush will surpass previous Championship records.
“The huge demand for tickets clearly demonstrates the desire among fans to be part of this historic occasion and we want to ensure that fans do not miss out on attending the biggest ever sporting event to be held in Northern Ireland,” added Cole-Hamilton.
Prices for Practice Day tickets start from £15 for Adults while fans aged 16-24 can attend for as little as £10.
Free Practice Day tickets for children under the age of 16 can be booked in advance thanks to the Kids Go Free Initiative. All children must be accompanied by an adult guardian who is also in possession of a valid ticket.
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