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The PGA Tour BMW Championship will draw "as many as 30,000 golf fans" each day at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., and "about 7,000 will be in the exclusive hospitality areas," according to Christopher Placek of the Illinois DAILY HERALD. The suites "range in price from $18,000 to $300,000." The sold-out Clubhouse Suite "will grant 150 guests access to the Conway Farms clubhouse dining room and adjacent patio off the 18th hole for prime views of tournament play." It is the "most expensive package at $300,000." Meanwhile, "Super Suites" are 30-by-66-foot tents at the 16th and 17th tees that "each have room for 200 guests and are priced at $240,000 and $260,000, respectively." BMW as the title sponsor of the event has the "largest hospitality venue on the course." The BMW Owners Pavilion, located between the 17th tee and 16th green, is an "exclusive area for anyone who owns a BMW vehicle." The front portion of Conway Farms' parking lot is "reserved for BMW owners." BMW owners also get "complimentary admission to the tournament on Thursday, though organizers are asking them to make a donation to the Evans Scholars Foundation." The local and national corporations to rent out suites for the event include "Blue Cross Blue Shield, Waste Management, Wintrust Financial, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Anheuser-Busch, PricewaterhouseCoopers, FedEx and KPMG" (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 9/10). In Chicago, Herb Gould wrote the tournament "seems to be benefiting from its location, which is convenient to the many golfers in the north suburbs." The event was held "at Cog Hill for the last two decades." Tournament VP Vince Pellegrino said, "Ticket sales have been great. For corporate hospitality, we've exceeded our goals. And we set our goals very high" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/7).
Suites at MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII "will be looking at record prices," according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com. A suite that "comes with 30 tickets -- 24 with seats and six standing room tickets -- is listed at $472,996 on RazorGator.com, and that's the cheapest option." The "highest listed price, also on RazorGator.com, is $945,992." The best Super Bowl suites "can usually be had for $175,000, but New York is a different story, especially with the possibility of inclement weather for the first-ever outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl." A source said that within the "last two months, one 24-ticket suite sold for $750,000." Texas-based Golden Tickets VP Ram Silverman said, "The asking price for some of these suites is three to four times what they've been for any other Super Bowl. There's obviously a lot of corporate money in New York, but it also has to do with the fact that there's not that many available on the market." Rovell noted suite-holders for Giants or Jets games "don't have access to their suites for the Super Bowl." The "only way to get a suite is to buy one from the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee." While prices "have not been made public, the 28 sponsors of the committee -- which include Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citi, Pepsi, Bud Light and Verizon -- got suites and paid more than $1 million for the sponsorships" (ESPN.com, 9/9).
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has "admitted that it 'may well be that we made a mistake' in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar but underlined his commitment to move the tournament to the winter to avoid the searing summer heat," according to Owen Gibson of the GUARDIAN. Blatter has "swung from saying that it was for the Qatari World Cup organisers to insist on a switch from summer," to proposing a vote when the FIFA exec board meets Oct. 3-4 on "a move in principle." Moving the tournament to winter has "huge implications for the professional leagues throughout Europe, for broadcasters and for other sports." The EPL remains "implacably opposed to moving the tournament to winter but fears that opposition from other leagues in Europe is softening." Sources said that it was "most likely that the tournament would be played in November and December 2022 rather than January and February of that year in order to avoid clashing with the 2022 Winter Olympics" (GUARDIAN, 9/10). NBCSPORTS.com's Richard Farley wrote this is the "first time the M-word has passed the lips of the most powerful man in world soccer." That Blatter is acknowledging FIFA "may have screwed up may clear the way to finally correcting the problem, potentially providing long-term solutions for when climate forces World Cups to shift seasons." Committing the World Cup to "any specific time of the year precludes a number of nations from hosting the event" (NBCSPORTS.com, 9/9).