A specially commissioned tartan "has been designed to mark the hosting of next year’s Ryder Cup in Scotland," according to Paul Ward of the SCOTSMAN. The golf tournament between Europe and the U.S. "will be held at Gleneagles, Perthshire," in Sept. '14. The tartan "was made by Lochcarron of Scotland and has four shades of blue, inspired by the Scottish landscape." The tartan "will be made into kilts, scarves and ties for sale to fans and they are likely to be worn by players before the tournament." About 250,000 spectators "are expected to descend on the Perthshire area for the event." The contract for the tartan "is the first to be awarded by Ryder Cup Europe since its procurement process for the 2014 event began" (SCOTSMAN, 7/1).
Events and Attractions
X Games Munich drew 55,000 attendees on Sunday, the event's fourth and final day, setting a single-day attendance record for an X Games event held outside the U.S. The four-day attendance total was 119,000 (ESPN). ... Real Madrid "has practically finalized its '13 preseason." The club will play three games in Europe, against Ligue 1 sides Lyon, Paris St. Germain "and a club to be decided" and four in the U.S., against Major League Soccer L.A. Galaxy, either Serie A side Juventus or Premier League club Everton, Serie A Inter and another team that will be decided in the Int'l Champions Cup. In the eighth and final game of Real Madrid's preseason schedule, it will take on Qatari side Al-Sadd at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 7/1). ... UEFA has announced that seven countries are in contention to host the '17 edition of the Women's Euro national team tournament. The FA's of Austria, France, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland, Scotland and Switzerland "have been invited to attend an observer programme at the upcoming Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden" (SOCCEREX, 7/1).