The Opening Ceremony Day of The 2019 Solheim Cup is set to kick off the biennial event in style with a festival of live music, entertainment and family activities at Gleneagles on Thursday 12 September.
Tickets for the Opening Ceremony Day are just £10 per adult and free for those aged 16 and under, and the aim is to make the event accessible and appealing to people of all ages and backgrounds, from golf fanatics to those who have never previously been to a sports event.
As well as the exciting build-up to Scotland’s biggest sporting spectacle of 2019, there will be a host of off-course entertainment in the Spectator Village. Orcadian folk quartet FARA, the all-female contemporary Highland dancing group Flings and Things and Morrison’s Academy Pipe Band are the live acts already confirmed, and more names and celebrities will be announced in due course.
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Hosted by highly respected sports presenters Di Dougherty and Andrew Cotter, the Opening Ceremony Day will begin at midday and will wow spectators throughout the afternoon before the Captains, Catriona Matthew and Juli Inkster, and their respective European and American teams are presented in front of the live television cameras for the official Opening Ceremony.
For people new to golf, there will be plenty to give a taste of this great sport, from putting greens and hitting areas, to trick shot shows and big screens. With free face painting, temporary tattoos and interactive activities, there will be something for everyone and it is set to be a true celebration of a world-class sporting occasion.
Following the Opening Ceremony Day on Thursday, which will also include the opportunity to see both teams practise on course, the matches will be played across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As per the Opening Ceremony Day, children under 16 will be admitted free of charge across all competition days with a paying adult.
Ross Hallett, Senior Vice President, IMG, said: “I am excited by the amazing line-up of entertainment and activities planned for the Opening Ceremony Day. This isn’t just about the live televised ceremony, but a whole day of activities for families, golf fans and event partners.
“We’ve secured some fantastic acts that will put on a great show befitting one of the greatest events in sport, and we will be announcing more in due course. There’s something to suit everyone, and we are very much looking forward to kicking off what is set to be a wonderful few days of golf in this style.”
Paul Bush, Director of Events for Visit Scotland, said: “It is our ambition to attract as diverse a range of spectators as possible to experience The 2019 Solheim Cup and the plans for the Opening Ceremony Day are hugely exciting.
“This shows that the entertainment on offer will be well beyond that of a traditional golf event and we look forward to seeing thousands of new faces at Gleneagles, many of whom may be inspired to take their interest in golf further in future by attending more events or even taking up the game themselves.”
Reserved seating for the Opening Ceremony is available at only £10 per person. There are also priority parking passes available. Please click HERE for more ticket information.