An unprecedented demand from fans for tickets to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush has led to the fastest-selling opening day of ticket sales in the history of the Championship.
Next year’s Open Championship which will take place from July 14th – July 21st has already sold out over 20% of its entire ticket allocation in just 48 hours.
The Open will move to an all-ticket model for the first time in 2019 and it is expected to be the first ever Championship to sell out.
An estimated 190,000 spectators are expected to attend The 148th Open with hospitality experiences being in equally high demand with The Links Club Hospitality having already sold out for Saturday and Sunday and only limited availability remaining for weekly packages.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said,
“Monday’s record-breaking ticket sales underlines the level of excitement there is among fans at the prospect of The Open returning to the island of Ireland for the first time in almost 70 years.
“I would encourage fans to sign up to The One Club as early as possible and ensure that they book their place at Royal Portrush for what is set to be a truly historic and memorable occasion in 2019.”
The 148th Open will be played at Royal Portrush when golf’s original championship returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951. It will be only the second time that The Open has been held outside of England or Scotland.
Tickets for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush can be purchased at TheOpen.com/PortrushTickets. All new members of The One Club will receive immediate access to priority tickets.
Children under the age of 16 will be able to attend the Championship for free alongside an adult guardian under The Open’s “Kids Go Free” programme. Those aged under 25 can purchase tickets at reduced prices and benefit from free camping.