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Volume 10 No. 25

Events and Attractions

UEFA has "cut the price of the cheapest tickets" for the Champions League final at London's Wembley Stadium compared with the cost two years ago, according to the PA. UEFA is selling 16,800 tickets for £60 ($95) each. In '11 the category four tickets were £150 plus a £26 administration charge for Barcelona's win over ManU. UEFA President Michel Platini admitted two years ago that the prices were "a mistake" and this year the administration charge will also be reduced to £8 ($12.64) within the U.K. Of the 86,000 seats, 59,000 tickets will be available to fans. Each club will receive 25,000 tickets, and 9,000 will be sold online at There will also be 200 youth packages for children accompanied by an adult, also priced at £60 per ticket. The remainder of the tickets "will be at higher price categories" ranging from £140 ($221) to £330 ($521) (PA, 2/8).

Germany "has received a second WTA license to host a tournament in Nuremberg" in '13, according to the SID. In addition to the WTA tournament in Stuttgart (April 22-28), Nuremberg "has received one of the highly desired WTA Tour licenses." Tournament organizer Sandra Reichel, from Austria-based sports events agency Matchmaker Communications, confirmed that the city "has been awarded the license." Nuremberg "will take over the license of the WTA Int'l tournament in Barcelona." The clay tournament "will take place in the week after the French Open" from June 10-15 with a total prize money of around $235,000. Details of the tournament will be announced this week. German Fed Cup team captain Barbara Rittner said, "We are really happy about the news. It is a very positive sign and another stage on which our girls can present themselves." Back in the prime days of tennis in Germany, the country hosted six WTA tournaments (SID, 2/8). 

The Chinese Basketball Association defending champions Beijing Ducks will play the remainder of their home games at the 18,000-seat MasterCard Center (formerly known as Wukesong Arena) after the move was "officially approved last week by the Beijing City Sports Bureau" (NIUBBALL, 2/8). ... Musician Proj3kt, the British Basketball League Foundation and Sport England's youth basketball project have launched regional tournaments to be held in the five participating BBL club's local areas. The tournaments are being run by Cheshire Phoenix, Newcastle Eagles, Surrey Heat and Worcester Wolves during February and early March (BBL). ... The "decks were finally cleared" for the Rajasthan Cricket Association to host the home matches of Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League after it decided to "sign a Memorandum of Understanding" with the state government regarding the use of Sawai Man Singh Stadium (PTI, 2/10).