The Open Championship in numbers

More than 202,000 people attended the Open.

More than 202,000 people attended the Open.

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Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

THE Open Championship may be over but the events that made it what it was are sure to be relived for years to come. 

As with any big event, a lot of planning and organisation from organisers the R&A, Wirral Council and local businesses and residents went in to Hoylake's staging of the 143rd Open at Royal Liverpool.

Here we look at some of the statistics behind the tournament.

1. Spectators

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More than 228,000 people visited the Open when it was last held at Royal Liverpool in 2006. This year, numbers were short of that - at 202,917 - but still reached expectations and beat the numbers at Royal Lytham in 2012. 

The breakdown for the seven days of the tournament are: 42,805 people attended the Open on the practice days. 35,382 attended the first round on Thursday. 43,183 people attended on Friday. 39,398 braved the less-than-perfect weather on Saturday and 42,149 people piled in to the course on Sunday to see Rory McIlroy lift the Claret Jug.

2. Economic Benefits

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An independent study commissioned by organisers the R&A ahead of the Open forecast that the tournament would deliver a total benefit of £75m to the regional economy of Wirral and Liverpool.

More than 100 jobs have already been announced following the connections made durig the tournament.

Today, a council spokesman said: “An economic impact study has been commissioned by the R&A and the council and we look forward to seeing the benefits that hosting this world-wide event has brought to the borough.

“Wirral's tourism industry gained a massive boost from hosting the previous Open Championship in 2006 and the sector now contributes over £327.5 million to our economy, employs over 4,600 full time jobs and attracts over seven million visitors each year.”

3. Street Cleaning

Wirral Globe: Hoylake sign

The cost of the additional contract for street cleansing, which the council says "was necessary to cater for the huge influx of visitors to the area", was around £63,000. More than half the waste collected from litter bins - 66% to be precise - will be recycled.

4. Road Markings

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A council spokesman said it was "necessary to refresh some road marking on routes into the course which had faded" in preparation for the influx of traffic expected at the Open. However, this work was needed and would have had to be done at some point in the future.

5. Highways and Temporary Traffic Arrangements

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All temporary traffic management arrangements were paid for by the R&A. Some 3,727 traffic cones were used as well as 1.5km of pedestrian barriers. This, and the temporary footbridges - including 100m of water-filled barriers to protect the bridges - were paid for by the R&A.

The council's highways inspectors recorded an average of 12.6 miles a day each of walking during their shift - almost 90 miles per person over the sevem days of the event.

6. Travel

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More than 60,000 people used the railway to travel between Liverpool and Hoylake during the four days, with the same numbers travelling back to the city on the Merseyrail service. On Friday alone, 16,000 had arrived in Hoylake on the train by lunchtime.

The R&A's parking contractor CSP employed more than 100 staff over five days. A core team travelled from other parts of the UK but more than 75% of staff were recruited locally. On the final competition day on Sunday, 7,971 cars used the R&A-organised Park and Ride car parks.

7. Ambassadors

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More than 250 local people received ambassador training, including "welcome" volunteers, taxi drivers, local traders and people working in the tourism and hospitality industry. They received the same WorldHost training as the volunteers working at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

 

 

 

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