The 148th Open Championship held at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Co. Antrim last week saw a record-breaking crowd of 237,750 in attendance, setting a new record for a Championship staged outside St Andrews in Scotland.
This year’s attendance surpasses the crowd of 235,000 who attended Royal Birkdale in 2017 and the 237,000 mark set at St Andrews in 2015 making it the second largest Championship ever.
A record-breaking 61,000 fans attended Practice Days at The 148th Open, surpassing the previous high of 52,000 set at Hoylake in 2006.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive at The R&A, said:
“We are making history with a record attendance for a Championship staged outside of St Andrews and the levels of excitement among fans this week have been phenomenal. We would like to thank all the fans for their passion and enthusiasm. The Open would not be the success it is without the spectators.”
Overall, 30,000 fans under the age of 25 attended The Open, which includes 21,000 children under the age of 16 who attend free of charge thanks to the long-running Kids Go Free initiative.
The Open Camping Village proved a popular accommodation option for fans with more than 6,300 fans booking a place to stay at the site this year, up from the 4,000 spectators who stayed at Carnoustie in 2018.
A third of the fans who stayed at the campsite were under 25 years old meaning that The R&A has now provided over 8,000 free bed spaces for under 25s over the first four years of The Open Camping Village.
The 149th Open will take place at Royal St George’s from 12-19 July 2020.