Golf "is reeling" from a £2.25M ($3.3M) cash blow after "thousands of fans boycotted Muirfield and St. Andrews in a protest at a hike in ticket prices," according to Dale Rankin of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Close to 50,000 "stayed away" from The Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open "after being asked to fork out up to" £75 ($115) per day "to watch the world’s top stars in action." Around 20,000 fewer fans watched The Open at Muirfield compared to the last time the event was staged at the East Lothian course in '02. And "half as many paying punters attended the women’s equivalent" compared to its last Old Course staging in '07 (DAILY RECORD, 8/6).
Events and Attractions
A "leaked" F1 provisional calendar for '14 indicates that Valencia's role as host for a race is "in danger," according to EL MUNDO. The released schedule "does not solve the mystery of the Spanish site, which is beginning to become a dangerous soap opera, but it does eliminate one possibility and suggest an outcome: F1 will hold only one Spanish event in '14, the Spanish Grand Prix." Valencia did not host an F1 event this year and had expected to host the event in '14. Next year, the race scheduled in Spain "would not be the first European event." This "puts Valencia in danger." An agreement to annually alternate between Barcelona and Valencia has "not been signed." Barcelona has "been planning an event for more than one month and has already put tickets on sale for the date indicated by the leaked calendar, May 11 -- which lacks official confirmation" (EL MUNDO, 8/4).
Tickets for the 35th edition of the Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu preseason match, which will take place on Aug. 22 between Real Madrid and Qatari club Al Sadd, went on sale Monday and "nearly sold out by the end of the afternoon." Real Madrid will face one of its former captains, Raúl González, which "has unleashed madness in the sale of tickets," with the demand temporarily shutting down the team's website on Monday. González, who played for Real Madrid for 16 seasons, said "it will be very exciting" (MARCA, 8/6). ... Birmingham, England’s Edgbaston Stadium "has been rewarded for its success" in staging the Int'l Cricket Council Champions Trophy competition in June by being granted an additional Twenty 20 int'l. The England & Wales Cricket Board confirmed the ground "will stage a 20-over-a-side NatWest t20 International between England and India next summer" (BUSINESS DESK, 8/6).