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SBD Global/August 1, 2013/Events and Attractions

Event Notes: Turnberry, Scotland To Host 2015 Women's British Open

Turnberry, Scotland will stage the Women's British Open for only the second time in the championship's history in '15. This year's event is being staged over the Old Course at St. Andrews, with Royal Birkdale the venue in '14 (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 7/31). ... Super Rugby final fever reached Hamilton on Wednesday as fans in Hamilton, Scotland "queued overnight and snapped up all of the tickets" for the Super Rugby final between the Chiefs and Australia's ACT Brumbies. Tickets to the general public went on sale at 8:00am local time on Wednesday and local media reported that some fans "had arrived at Waikato Stadium late on Tuesday and withstood chilly overnight conditions to ensure they were able to snap up the 13,000 tickets available." The queue "stretched several hundred metres down the road and the Chiefs said the match had officially sold out by mid afternoon on Wednesday" (REUTERS, 7/31). ... The Local Organizing Committee of South Africa’s staging of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations "has announced that the tournament made a profit" of R 3.6M ($364,000) -- a figure "significantly higher than initial projections." The LOC "had budgeted for a small surplus" of around $54,000 from the tournament, which ran from Jan. 19 to Feb. 10. The event also generated 150% more than initially targeted from sponsorship revenue, while total attendance of 753,169 -- a Cup of Nations record -- exceeded a goal of 500,000 (SOCCEREX, 7/31).
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