August 6, 2021, St Andrews, Scotland: The R&A has confirmed that up to 8,000 fans per day will be able to compete in the AIG Women’s Open if it is held in Carnoustie from August 19-22, according to the Scottish Government’s framework Their event gateway was supported procedure.
The Major Championship welcomes the world’s leading women golfers as they compete for the coveted AIG Women’s Open title in the sport of golf’s greatest test.
Fans attending the AIG Women’s Open every championship day can cheer for the players, a sound that was missed on the 72nd hole in 2020 while the championship was being played behind closed doors.
Fans wishing to attend should book their tickets in advance on aigwomensopen.com. Adult tickets start at £ 25, with free entry for children under 16 prior to the championship. Spectators aged 24 or under have the right to purchase youth (16-24 years) tickets from £ 12.50. A Mastercard discount of £ 5 is available per transaction.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We and our partners at AIG were incredibly proud of what we achieved in women’s golf at the AIG Women’s Open last year, and we will always remember Sophia Popov’s outstanding win , but in 2021 the fans are what will transform the AIG Women’s Open from unforgettable to truly special.
“Fans are so important to big sports championships; They create atmosphere, they celebrate greatness and compassion with heartbreak, they bring passion and enthusiasm with them. We are very happy to welcome the spectators again to the AIG Women’s Open in Carnoustie. “
The R&A has worked closely with the Scottish and UK Governments, its health and safety advisors and local health authorities to establish health protocols to ensure the safety of players, officials, fans and the local Angus community.
- Anyone taking part in the championship is strongly advised to get a double vaccination.
- Everyone participating in the championship is strongly encouraged to take lateral flow tests twice a week.
- Players and championship staff remain in an inner bubble with their movements restricted to the court and accommodation
- PCR testing measures are carried out for the personnel in the inner bladder
- Improved hygiene and cleaning measures will be introduced throughout the championship
Slumbers added, “A successful and safe championship was the top priority for R&A and AIG in the planning process for the AIG Women’s Open. We have a duty of care to the best of our ability to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 for the championship participants and most importantly not to impose a greater risk on our hosts in the local Angus area.
“Our protocols follow best practice guidance for conducting a major event during the pandemic and have been prepared with the assistance of and in close consultation with the Scottish Government and The R&A medical and health and safety advisors.”
Throughout the pandemic, golf has shown that due to its nature outdoors and easy social distancing, it is safe to play and the same can be enjoyed while watching.
Golf offers significant health benefits, including preventing and treating over 40 major chronic diseases, lowering cholesterol, and improving body composition and metabolism. Golfers are also less at risk of being lonely, a risk factor compounded for many by the global pandemic.
During this time, many people have missed watching sporting events live. The reintroduction of this possibility was another important step towards normalcy for society.
Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development Jenny Gilruth said, “I am delighted that the Scottish Government’s process of supporting flagship events has helped keep audiences returning to the AIG Women’s Open. I know how challenging Covid has been for the events sector, and I commend the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the event, including The R&A, their health and safety experts, and a number of local delivery partners for the exceptional protocols and remedies in place that it enables us to hold the event together with confidence.
“I have no doubt that the AIG Women’s Open audience will enjoy the world-class sport that unfolds on the Angus coast and enrich the event by creating the incredible atmosphere that Scottish golfers are rightly known for are.”
The AIG Women’s Open will take place in Carnoustie from August 16-22, 2021, tickets are now available at aigwomensopen.com. The championship will follow government guidelines in terms of attendance.
Adult tickets start at £ 25, with free entry for children under 16 prior to the championship. Spectators aged 24 or under have the right to purchase youth (16-24 years) tickets from £ 12.50. A Mastercard discount of £ 5 is available per transaction.