Scotland's Colin Montgomerie says he can "already sense the excitement with history in the making." (Photo: Getty Images)
Captain Montgomerie supports 2010 Ticket Announcement
While European Captain Colin Montgomerie has fully embraced his task of winning back the Ryder Cup, he knows that to be successful he and his team will need strong support from his side's fans. Monty's upbeat assessment of Europe's prospects against the United States at The Twenty Ten Course at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales, coincides with Ryder Cup Europe announcing that the ticket ballot has officially opened.
Colin Montgomerie has set his sights as Captain on regaining The Ryder Cup for Europe when golf's most enthralling and enduring contest unfolds on The Twenty Ten Course at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales, from September 28-October 3, 2010.
Montgomerie's upbeat assessment of Europe's prospects against the United States coincides with Ryder Cup Europe announcing that the ticket ballot has opened April 28 for The 2010 Ryder Cup -- a match destined to deliver one of the greatest weeks in the sporting history of Wales on the first course purposely designed and built for the competition.
The first tranche of tickets for the biennial match -- first played in 1927 -- can be applied for immediately and a second tranche will be made available in April, 2010, to facilitate spectators unable to make an earlier commitment. Europe will be defending an unbeaten record on home territory stretching over three matches in Spain (1997), England (2002) and Ireland (2006) with, in total, seven European wins and a tied match in the last 12 contests going back to 1985.
Montgomerie said: "I've already made my first official Ryder Cup visit as Captain to The Celtic Manor Resort and with the match being played for the first time in Wales you can already sense the excitement with history in the making.
"I've been given the task not just to captain The European Team in Wales but to win back The Ryder Cup in Wales. It will be a close affair -- make no mistake about that -- but you cannot help other than be inspired by the new and great young talent emerging to blend with the nucleus of the Team we already have there.
"What we all need, of course, is strong support so we will be looking for the fans to get behind us by booking their place now to witness another thrilling chapter in this match."
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."
Tickets and prices are as follows:
-- Tuesday (Practice) -- £30.00
-- Wednesday (Practice) -- £30.00
-- Thursday (Practice/Opening Ceremony) -- £40.00
-- Friday (First Match Day) -- £100.00
-- Saturday (Second Match Day) -- £100.00
-- Sunday (Third Match Day) -- £130.00
Daily Tickets -- Under 16s
-- Tuesday (Practice) -- £15.00
-- Wednesday (Practice) -- £15.00
-- Six Day (Tuesday-Sunday inc.) -- £430.00
-- Four Day (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) -- £370.00
-- Two Day (Thursday, Friday) -- £140.00
-- Two Day (Saturday, Sunday) -- £230.00
-- Six Day (Tuesday-Sunday) -- £950.00
-- Tuesday Only -- £60.00
-- Under 16s -- £30.00
-- Wednesday Only -- £60.00
-- Under 16s -- £30.00
-- Tuesday-Sunday -- £20.00 (each day)
NB: Ambulant Ticket set at 50 percent less than that of Normal Ticket Price (same for Carer)