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Birkdale high for Open attendance

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More than 225,000 spectators are expected to attend The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale this week, making it one of the best attended in the history of the Championship.

Based on strong advance sales, the attendance will surpass the previous Royal Birkdale attendance of 201,500 in 2008. This year’s championship was the fastest selling in history and thousands of fans are still expected to purchase tickets throughout the week, which could see this year’s Championship attendance being one of the four largest in history.  The largest attendance to-date was recorded during the 2000 Open at St Andrews, which drew 239,000 spectators.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “The record number of spectators expected to attend Royal Birkdale this week underpins The Open’s reputation as one of the world’s great sporting events.

“We very much look forward to welcoming fans from all over the globe to Royal Birkdale to join us for a true celebration of world-class sport.”

The Open is increasingly attracting a younger audience with more than 20,000 young people aged under 25 attending the Championship. More than 10,000 Youth Tickets have been sold in advance of the Championship, while over 10,000 juniors aged 16 years will attend the Championship free of charge as part of the successful Kids Go Free initiative.

More than 3,000 spectators will take advantage of free accommodation for youngsters and a low-cost rate for adults at The Open Camping Village located at nearby Victoria Park.

Several hospitality and ticket categories have sold out with the Claret Jug Pavilion, Champions Club, Greenside Club, Reserved Seating and Twilight Tickets all selling out in advance of the Championship.

The Open’s Biggest Attendances:

2000, St Andrews, Scotland: 239,000
2015, St Andrews, Scotland: 237,000
2006, Royal Liverpool, England: 230,000
2017, Royal Birkdale, England: >225,000
2005, St Andrews, Scotland: 223,000
1990, St Andrews, Scotland: 209,000
2014, Royal Liverpool, England: 203,000
2008, Royal Birkdale, England: 201,500
2010, St Andrews, England: 201,000
1998, Royal Birkdale, England: 195,000


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