Claret Jug touches down at Glasgow Airport ahead of The 145th Open
One of the most iconic trophies in sport, the Claret Jug, touched down at Glasgow Airport today ahead of The 145th Open at Royal Troon from 10-17 July 2016.
The airport visit marked the opening of The Open’s new Glasgow Airport shop in the main terminal building, where travellers can purchase a range of official merchandise and apparel from golf’s most prestigious Championship.
The visit was part of a series of activities taking place in Glasgow, the Partner City to The Open, which will be a transport and accommodation hub as thousands of golf fans from across the globe travel to Host Region, South Ayrshire, to see the world’s best players competing for the title of Champion Golfer of the Year.
Billy Hill, airfield operations manager at Glasgow Airport, received the famous Claret Jug on the airport's runway. It was then placed on public display in the shop, to let visitors get up close to the historic prize, which has been presented to the winner of The Open since 1873.
Francois Bourienne, Commercial Director at Glasgow Airport, said, “It is an absolute honour to welcome one of the most famous trophies in world sport to Glasgow Airport. The Open will attract tens of thousands of visitors from across the world and a number of our airline partners have added extra capacity in order to meet demand.”
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A said: “It is an exciting opportunity for The Open to have a retail presence in such a prominent location at Glasgow Airport and we hope that it proves popular with the many thousands of travellers going through the airport each day.
“We are delighted to have Glasgow as the first Partner City of The Open and there is a great deal going on to celebrate the return of one of the world's great sporting events to Royal Troon just down the coast in South Ayrshire.”
An event impact study carried out by the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University estimates that The Open will deliver a total economic impact of £8 million to Glasgow during the week of the Championship.
The Open Shop at Glasgow Airport will be open until August and is located on the second floor adjacent to the airport’s departure gate. Visitors to the Shop can enter a competition to win a VIP ticket and Hospitality package for The Open by visiting the shop before July 4.
Tickets for The Open are available now, including the new Twilight Tickets which allow fans to experience the Championship from 4pm onwards on Thursday July 14 and Friday July 15 for only £25. Children under the age of 16 attend The Open free of charge and discounted tickets for Youth aged 16-21 are also available. For more information visit TheOpen.com/tickets.