Ryder Cup 2022
Spain’s Ryder Cup Bid 2022 In Numbers
As the race to select the host for The 2022 Ryder Cup enters the final stages, Spain has outlined its credentials to host golf’s biggest event:
- €1.2 billion – the value of golf to the Spanish economy every year
- 500 million – the TV audience The Ryder Cup reaches globally
- 183 – countries in which The Ryder Cup is broadcast
- 250,000 – spectators expected to attend The 2022 Ryder Cup over six days
- 1,000,000 – children projected to be introduced to golf through Spain’s ‘Ryder Cup Plus’ junior inclusion programme
- 1 – Spain’s proposed venue, PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona, voted Europe’s Best Golf Resort 2015 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators
- 6,705m – length of PGA Catalunya Resort’s critically-acclaimed Stadium course, one of the longest in Europe
- 70,000 – number of spectators Spain’s Ryder Cup transport solution can move at the start and end of each day
- 25,000 – car parking spaces, all within a 10 minutes’ drive of PGA Catalunya Resort
- 300km/h – top speed of the AVE trains that connect Girona and Barcelona
- 107,937 – hotel rooms within 150km of Spain’s candidate venue
- 184 – number of European Tour events staged in Spain since 1972 (91 more than any other mainland Europe country)
- 1912 – year of the first Open de España; still going strong after 103 years
- 36 – appearances by Spanish golfers in The Ryder Cup team since 1979
- 8 – times Seve Ballesteros contested The Ryder Cup as a player
- 2 – Ryder Cup Winning captains from Spain: Seve Ballesteros and José María Olazábal
Ryder Cup Europe examines 2022 bidders’ technical plans
As the process to select a host for The 2022 Ryder Cup moves into the final phases, Ryder Cup Europe has been visiting each candidate nation to evaluate the technical elements of each of their bids.
Ryder Cup Europe recently visited PGA Catalunya Resort to further evaluate Spain’s bid for The 2022 Ryder Cup Match. This is the next stage in the formal bid process that will select a host for the 2022 Match by the end of the year.
A modern day Ryder Cup counts itself among the world’s ‘mega events’. Consequently, the need for robust and innovative transport, security and logistics operations is essential.
Ryder Cup Match Director, Edward Kitson, Ryder Cup Operations Director, Antonia Beggs, and European Tour Director of Tour Operations, David Garland, spent two days with the Spanish bid team to gain a more complete understanding of the transport, parking, accommodation and crowd management proposals.
Edward Kitson said: “Hosting a Ryder Cup brings some unique challenges. Ensuring spectators, journalists and workforce enjoy the best experience possible every day requires detailed planning.
“Over the past two days, we have had a chance to experience the full spectator journey proposed in the Spanish bid dossier. We have visited the parking, experienced the journey times to the venue, met with a number of the proposed hotels and conducted a full review of the golf course.
“This has allowed us to understand how a Ryder Cup in Spain in 2022 could deliver the key elements we need. We have shared a number of observations and ideas with the Spanish bid team, and we look forward to working with all of the remaining candidate nations over the coming months to further refine their respective bids.”
Ryder Cup Europe 2022 will announce the successful host nation for The 2022 Ryder Cup in Autumn 2015.
Find out more about the bid at costabravabarcelona2022.com