Open fans promised a grand view

WINNER of the Open Championship at St Andrews in July will be crowned in front of the largest arena in the tournament’s 155-year history.

The spectacular new grandstand arena, seating almost 10,000 people will be created around the famous 1st, 17th and 18th holes.

And for the first time, a two-tiered grandstand will be erected behind the 18th green to further enhance the extraordinary atmosphere created by the grandstands located alongside the adjoining 1st fairway.

The arena will be completed by a new L-shaped grandstand behind the 17th green and a stand sited by the 1st green.

The grandstand behind the famous Road Hole will have a capacity of more than 4,000 and offer spectators a panoramic view of the 17th, 18th, 1st and 2nd holes.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director of R&A  championships, said: “There is always an incredible atmosphere at the Open and particularly when it is held in St Andrews. We want to make sure as many spectators as possible can experience that unique atmosphere and enjoy wonderful views of the play on the opening and closing holes.

Meanwhile, Sir Nick Faldo will play in his last Open at at the home of golf. The six-time major champion plans to make a farewell on the famous Swilcan Bridge after a long and hugely successful career which saw him win at St Andrews in 1990 and at Muirfield in 1987 and 1992. He also achieved ten top ten finishes in The Open between 1978 and 2003.

Faldo, who will celebrate his 58th birthday during the Open, will join five-time Open Champion Tom Watson in making a final appearance.

“The new arena will provide a fantastic setting for the climax.

More than 21,000 grandstand seats will be available across the entire course, giving spectators plenty of options to enjoy excellent views of the links such as at the ‘loop’ where the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th holes can all be viewed.

The new grandstand seating plan for St Andrews follows the success of the horseshoe grandstand which covered three sides of the 18th green at Royal Liverpool last year and proved hugely popular with spectators.

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