New research said that ManU "may have bagged the Premier League title, but Old Trafford is relegation fodder when it comes to fans' transport needs," according to Rebecca Smithers of the London GUARDIAN. Newcastle United "is the clear champion when it comes to transport options," according to a study of British football fans' journeys published on Tuesday and carried out by the Campaign for Better Transport and the Football Supporters' Federation (FSF). Season ticket holders at the club can buy a £10 ($15) matchday travel ticket for Tyne and Wear that covers them for every home game of the season at their St. James' Park ground. The report reveals that "while fans often want to leave their cars at home they are prevented from doing so by poor public transport provision." The government "is urged to take the lead by setting up free public transport with match tickets -- along the lines of the popular and well-used KombiTicket in Germany." Old Trafford ranks 18th in the survey of 20 EPL clubs. Bottom of the pile Reading's Madejski stadium: "comfortably the least accessible ground in this year's Premier League -- out of town and virtually unreachable by regular public transport." And languishing at 19th is Queen's Park Rangers' ground, Loftus Road (GUARDIAN, 5/14).
Events and Attractions
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid's Spanish Cup decider "will feature the highest priced final tickets in Europe" for a national cup competition, according to the BBC. While the cheapest tickets for Friday's game are €10 ($13) cheaper than last year's, the best seats will cost between €220-€275 ($285-$350). In contrast, the most expensive for the FA Cup final between Wigan and Man City was £115 ($175). The new pricing structure for the game at the Bernabeu "was agreed between the two clubs and the Spanish Football Federation" (BBC, 5/14).
The OneAsia golf circuit will stage a $2M Tour Championship "at the end of the year in China," according to Amlan Chakraborty of REUTERS. The Mission Hills Group would host what would be OneAsia's "final individual strokeplay event of the year" at its multi-course facilities in Shenzhen from Dec. 5-8. OneAsia is offering nearly $15M in prize money this season, "which concludes in December with the Dongfeng Nissan Cup, a team event which pits China against an Asia-Pacific select side" (REUTERS, 5/14).
The European Tour will visit Denmark for the first time in more than a decade next year when the inaugural Made in Denmark is held at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort Aug. 14-17. The tournament will be played at the North Jutland venue through '16, and will carry a prize fund of €1.5M ($1.95M), with €270,000 ($350,000) going to the winner (European Tour). ... Royal Liverpool Golf Club has been named host for the 2019 Walker Cup match. The 47th biennial match between the amateurs of Great Britain and Ireland and the U.S. will be played at Royal Liverpool, as the club celebrates the 150th anniversary of its foundation (PGA). ... The Tour de Singkarak returns to West Sumatra for the fifth time this year "with an increase in prize money that is expected to attract 220 riders from 18 countries." The tour, slated for June 2-9, is offering a total of Rp1.2B ($123,000) in prize money, Rp200M ($20,600) "more than was on offer last year" (JAKARTA GLOBE, 5/14). ... The Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival announced its association with int'l endurance rides. Festival Director & Head of Int'l Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities Ladies Racing Lara Sawaya said that "two rides will be held under the banner of the Festival" starting with a 160km ride later this month (GULF NEWS, 5/13).