Ryder Cup Europe’s first formal offer opens with Daily Tickets ranging from £30 on the Tuesday and Wednesday Practice Days to £130 on Sunday and Season Tickets for Two Days, Four Days and Six Days ranging from £140 to £430.
This initial ticket offer has opened via the Official Ryder Cup Ticket Website on www.rydercup.com/tickets and successful candidates will be determined through a computerised random lottery draw to take place in August, 2009. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of their result by email.
In addition to the Daily and Season tickets there is a first time opportunity for the public to purchase a ‘premium’ ticket for the International Pavilion in addition to special concessions for Juniors and the Ambulant Disabled.
Spectators with a six day International Pavilion ticket – costing £950 – will have access to an upgraded facility with a sports bar theme containing seating, televisions and food and drink purchase points.
There will be half price – £15 instead of £30 -concessions for Juniors (Under 16’s) for the Tuesday and Wednesday Practice Day tickets and half price concessions throughout the week including the International Pavilion for the Ambulant Disabled and if he or she requires a carer then that ticket can also be purchased at half price.
For those wishing to purchase Corporate Hospitality, Ryder Cup Official Hospitality is also now on sale offering guests the opportunity to purchase tables of ten in The Conwy Club Restaurant overlooking the 17th Green or exclusive private suites for 30 or 50 people overlooking the 16th Fairway and Green. Hospitality is sold as a four day package (Thursday-Sunday) but it is also available on both the Tuesday and Wednesday Practice Days in The Conwy Club. In addition Travel and Accommodation packages can be purchased exclusively from Ryder Cup Travel Services (www.rcts.co.uk).
Spectators will be encouraged to car-share with the price of a ‘Transportation Pass’ being charged per vehicle and not per person. The price will be £20 per vehicle per day which enables all occupants to use the complimentary shuttle service between the Park and Ride locations and The Twenty Ten Course at The Celtic Manor Resort.
A limit of eight tickets per household is being applied to the purchase of Practice Day tickets although Ryder Cup Europe will work with Golf Clubs and Societies to ensure, wherever possible, larger group numbers can be accommodated especially when this includes Juniors. To ensure that as many people as possible witness The Ryder Cup unfold there will be a maximum of four tickets for any Match Day for each household.
To further enhance the spectator experience all public tickets will require Photo ID. This is being organised by ‘See Tickets’ and implemented to expedite spectator entry and exit, which will operate around the East and West Park and Ride locations and to minimise disruption by any secondary market.
Richard Hills, The European Ryder Cup Director, said, “The issuing of a Photo ID ticket is designed to significantly reduce the time to enter the event by minimising the time taken for ticket checking. Gwent Police have endorsed the procedure which is also seen as a way of limiting those who hope to benefit from re-selling via internet trading sites.
“The feedback on recent initiatives such as golf exhibitions on Practice Days by past Ryder Cup players has been extremely encouraging and we will be looking to provide similar and additional entertainment in 2010. We intend to further enhance the experience and we are researching a full gamut of features including catering, giant tv screens, programmes and, most importantly, good viewing opportunities.
“The Ryder Cup on this Continent is a unique quadrennial sporting occasion and probably not one comparable with any other event. Therefore the concern and views of the fans is paramount to us and we appreciate their continual feedback and support.”
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