The Open will boast a spectacular new grandstand arena seating almost 10,000 people - a two-tiered stand will be erected behind the 18th green, an L shaped one at the 17th green and a stand at the 1st green.

The Champion will be crowned in front of the largest arena in the Championship’s 155-year history.

The two-tiered grandstand behind the 18th green will enhance the atmosphere created by the grandstands located alongside the adjoining 1st fairway.

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 – Championships at The R&A, 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 at St Andrews.

“The new arena will provide a fantastic setting for the climax of the Championship at the 72nd hole and will be the ideal place for spectators to greet the new Champion Golfer of the Year.”

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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