Huge crowds expected for Irish Open 2012

Inspector Stephen McCauley, PSNI; Arthur Hamilton, Translink North-Eastern Area Manager; Alan Clarke, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board; Antonia Beggs, Irish Open Championship Director; James Finnigan, Irish Open Commercial Director; Steve McCartney (seated), Coleraine Borough Council; Maurice Bradley, Mayor of Coleraine.

THE  European Tour is urging all fans planning to attend the 2012 Irish Open to purchase their tickets in advance to avoid the potential disappointment of missing out on the action at Royal Portrush Golf Club next month.
The Tour, as event organisers, has also unveiled detailed Traffic and Transportation plans including additional Translink coach, rail and Park & Ride services. These are designed to ensure not only that spectators have ease of access to the event, but to minimise the disruption to the neighbouring community on the roads surrounding Portrush.
Pre-tournament ticket sales for the championship, being staged in Northern Ireland for the first time in almost 60 years, have exceeded all expectations since the spectacular links on the Antrim coastline was named as the host venue in January. Consequently, the weekend is now close to being a sell-out.
Close to 100,000 spectators are expected in total at Royal Portrush over the practice day on Tuesday June 26, the pro-am day on Wednesday June 27 and the four competition days from Thursday June 28 to Sunday July 1
As a result of the strength of the ticket sales, The European Tour recommends that anyone still wishing to see the world’s best golfers in the flesh should guarantee their tickets now by visiting http://www.europeantour.com/tickets.
Advance day tickets for the Irish Open are available for £30, a saving of £5 on the gate price, with four day season tickets priced at £70, a saving of £10. Advance concession day and season tickets are priced at £20 and £50 respectively. Hospitality packages are sold out for the first two days, but are still available on Saturday and Sunday.

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