The R&A Announces Ballot Process for the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool
The R&A has announced that it is to retain the ballot process for obtaining tickets for the 151st Open Championship following unprecedented demand from fans to attend the 150th Open at St Andrews in July.
The R&A decided to retain the process to try to ensure as many fans as possible have the chance to attend when the Championship returns to the historic Wirral links from 16-23 July 2023.
The ballot for tickets will open for one month from Tuesday, 21 June and will close on Wednesday, 20 July with the results being announced by the end of September. Fans can sign up to The One Club any time and will be among the first to be notified when the ballot is open.
The ballot is only open to members of The One Club, the R&A’s free-to-join membership programme. Visit www.theopen.com to find out more.
More than 1.3 million applications were received for tickets for this year’s 150th Open at St Andrews, which led to the highest-ever number of general admission tickets being issued, with a record-breaking 290,000 spectators set to attend the milestone Championship.
The Open will be played at Royal Liverpool for the 13th time and the first since 2014, when Rory McIlroy lifted the famous Claret Jug.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “We introduced a ticket ballot for the first time in the history of The Open for St Andrews to give as many people as possible the chance to attend the Championship and it proved to be very successful. We know the demand is growing and that the ballot is the fairest and most equitable way to give fans around the world the chance to secure tickets. We greatly appreciate the enthusiasm that fans have for The Open and look forward to welcoming as many of them as we can to Royal Liverpool next year.”
Ticket prices for The 151st Open will start from £95 for an adult on Championship days and from £25 on practice days. The R&A reinvests the revenues generated by The Open in growing golf around the world and is currently investing £200 million over a ten-year period.
The R&A is fully committed to encouraging more children and young people to attend The Open and free tickets will be available, through the ballot, to children as part of the successful and long-running “Kids go Free” programme, with half-price youth tickets also available for 16–24-year-olds. The 150th Open saw 20 per cent of the general admission tickets going to people aged under 25, while 20,000 kids will gain free entry to the event.