Following the record-breaking success of last year’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, organizers World Sport Group (WSG) today announced that tickets for the season-ending tournament go on sale to the general public beginning April 23. Ticket prices will start from as low as S$16.90 – same as last year – as part of a concerted effort to make the event as accessible as possible for fans. The 10-day sport entertainment spectacular features a record US$7 million purse and takes place fromOctober 23-November 1, 2015. The event will be hosted at the Singapore Sports Hub in Singapore through 2018.
OCBC Bank, the official cards partner and StarHub, the official telecommunications and broadcast partner of the tournament will offer their customers early access to specially discounted tickets for a limited period, with deals starting from April 9 and April 16 respectively. OCBC card members and StarHub customers will be able to enjoy up to 7 percent off their ticket price during this pre-sale period, and five percent off once public sales begin on April 23.
Season passes and bundled tickets have also been introduced this year to offer dedicated fans even greater savings. Round Robin Session Flexi-Passes and Season Passes for all 13 ‘must-attend’ sessions featuring the world’s top women tennis players will provide 10 percent savings on the cost of each ticket, while group bookings for 20 or more tickets and families of four will also be able to enjoy savings on their combined ticket costs. Special concession rates will also be available for students and senior citizens, and there will be free admission to the Fan Zone and selected player practice sessions.
The current Road to Singapore leaderboard comprises the following players (as of Monday, April 6) : 1. Serena Williams, 2. Simona Halep, 3. Maria Sharapova, 4.Carla Suarez Navarro, 5. Karolina Pliskova, 6. Venus Williams, 7. Ekaterina Makarova, 8. Caroline Wozniacki. The leaderboard is updated each Monday at www.wtafinals.com.
Expanded programming for 2015
The 10-day international sport entertainment spectacle continues to build on the record crowds and excitement from last year’s success. The singles and doubles competition will expand from seven to eight days, with the continued inclusion of the WTA Legends Classic, WTA Rising Stars Invitational and WTA Future Stars competition in 2015.
As part of the expanded programming for the 2015 tournament, the first day of competition will begin from Sunday, 25 October, and will see a spectacular Opening Night on-court ceremony. This year also sees the introduction of two ‘supersized’ sessions, for fans to watch up to four matches per session, held on Monday, 26 October and Friday, 30 October.
World Sport Group’s Director of Operations, Sarah Clements, welcomed the enhanced ticket and programming offerings: ”We are delighted to introduce new ticketing packages and enhanced programme offering which I hope will thrill fans – in fact some of the new highlights were suggested by the fans! As we saw from the phenomenal response and turnout last year, the WTA Finals now occupies pride and place in Singapore and is now regarded as a must attend event on the global sporting calendar.
“Ticket prices remain accessible but now come with a broader range of options that offer greater flexibility. The host of programmeofferings include centre court action, legends and rising star matches, meet and greet opportunities as well as Fan Zone activities ensuring there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.”
Racquet Club reports brisk sales
The Racquet Club, the premium hospitality programme for the WTA Finals, concluded its early bird ticket phase on 28 February, following a period of brisk sales. Single session Racquet Club passes for both weekday and weekend packages are now available from S$595 per person (before GST). Only 700 tickets are available for each of the 13 match sessions, and passes have been snapped up quickly with over half of the total inventory already taken up.
Racquet Club benefits include access to reserved, premium baseline seats at Centre Court, world-class cuisine in a luxurious double-storey pavilion, a dedicated bar that serves free-flow champagne in the Aces Lounge within the Singapore Indoor Stadium as well as increased access to player appearances and meet-and-greet events. Last year, Racquet Club patrons had the opportunity to mingle with top tennis stars including Serena Williams, Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, and many more.
The WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing 92 nations competing for a record $129 million in prize money at the WTA’s 54 events and four Grand Slams in 33 countries. Nearly 5.4 million fans attended women’s tennis events in 2014 with millions more watching on television and digital channels around the world. The 2015 WTA competitive season concludes with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, presented by SC Global, from October 23-November 1, 2015 and the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China, from November 2-8, 2015. Further information on the WTA can be found at ww.wtatennis.com; facebook.com/WTA and twitter.com/WTA.
About World Sport Group:
World Sport Group (WSG) is Asia’s largest sports marketing, media and event management company. The Group is involved in delivering almost 600 sporting events annually and more than 5,000 hours of sport programming across more than 30 countries in the region. WSG is the exclusive marketing, media and event partner to the region’s leading sporting bodies, major events, sporting venues, athletes, sponsors and broadcasters.
WSG’s parent company, Lagardère is a world-class diversified media group (Book and e-Publishing; Travel Retail and Distribution; Press, Audiovisual, Digital and Advertising Sales Brokerage; Sports and Entertainment). Lagardère shares are listed on Euronext Paris.