Andy Murray's run to the Wimbledon final resulted in resale websites "asking upwards" of £70,000 ($104,000) for a pair of tickets, according to the London GUARDIAN. Viagogo said that prices "had soared to record levels." All England Lawn and Tennis CEO Richard Lewis said last week that "demand for tickets had broken all records, with officials having to stop new people joining the queue earlier than ever before." Viagogo said that prices "had risen by 412%" over Friday night. Viagogo Dir Ed Parkinson said, "At the moment, the top price of a pair of tickets stands at £71,000 ($106,000), but we expect to see this ceiling smashed ahead of Sunday's final" (GUARDIAN, 7/6). In London, Claire Carter reported Wimbledon men's final tickets "peaked at more than" £83,000 ($123,000) a pair. The booking fee for a £71,000 listing comes in at £10,650 ($158,000) The cost is 322 times more than the £260 ($387) face value of a pair of final tickets in the official Wimbledon ballot (TELEGRAPH, 7/7).
Events and Attractions
Berlin "will reportedly play host to a FIA Formula E World Championship race in '14," according to AUTOBILD. The electric racing series "will host one of its 10 inaugural races in Berlin in '14." The official date and course layout "will be announced at a press conference on Thursday." The most likely course "seems to be at the discontinued Tempelhof airport because Berlin previously declined to host a Formula E race due to security concerns." Formula E circuits "have a maximum length of 2.5km, and the races consist of two 25-minute races plus an additional 10-minute final" (AUTOBILD, 7/5).
The New Zealand Open men's golf tournament "will not be played this year," according to Matt Richens of FAIRFAX NZ NEWS. While nothing "has been confirmed by any of the parties involved, all the evidence suggests the flagship tournament will not be held at the Clearwater Golf Course like originally planned." Rumors "have surfaced of the tournament moving" altogether, but Fairfax Media understands it will stay at Clearwater, but move to an early '14 date. A contractor charged with finding sponsorship for the tournament in the past "had not yet been contracted and the club itself has not had the dates for this year's event confirmed." New Zealand Golf is holding a press conference in Auckland next Tuesday which it is believed "has been called to confirm a change of date for the event." There are still currently dates free on the PGA Tour of Australasia calendar at the end of October and start of November, but hosting the 106-year-old tournament then -- as scheduled -- "poses major problems" (FAIRFAX NZ NEWS, 7/6).