SINGAPORE – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) today announced OCBC Bank as the Official Card Partner for the BNP Paribas WTA Championships Singapore, presented by SC Global, to be held October 17-26, 2014, at the state-of-the-art S$1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub.
Under the terms of the five-year agreement, OCBC Bank card members will enjoy a discount of seven percent when they purchase the tickets with their OCBC cards during the exclusive pre-sale period (April 17 to May 14) and early bird period (May 15 – June 1). Thereafter, they will enjoy a discount of five percent for General Admission tickets.
OCBC Bank’s Head of Group Lifestyle Financing, Desmond Tan, said: “As a leading regional financial institution, we are thrilled to be associated with the WTA Championships and be its official card partner. Singapore, and the region to some extent, has been devoid of a world-class tennis event for a long time. With top-notch tennis action and engagement activities also taking place at the OCBC Arena – where the player practice sessions will be held – and OCBC Square – venue for the Fan Festival – it makes OCBC a natural card partner. We are particularly pleased that we can give access to a world-class tennis event to our customers through this sponsorship. Our customers will get priority booking of the tickets and exclusive sales deals. The list goes on. This sponsorship has added a new dimension to our card proposition which has been centered on the arts and entertainment.”
“We are excited to have OCBC Bank on board as our card partner for the BNP Paribas WTA Championships Singapore, presented by SC Global. This brand new partnership with Singapore’s leading bank is another example of how we’re deepening our relationship with Singapore,” remarked WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster.
Andrew Georgiou, CEO of World Sport Group, the event promoter, said: “It’s heartening to see more local companies supporting this prestigious Championships – an event that promises something for all Singaporeans. OCBC Bank is one of Singapore’s leading brands and we are delighted that they have chosen WTA’s crown jewel as a platform to engage their customers and connect with a local, regional and global audience. OCBC Bank is highly regarded for its ongoing contribution and commitment to the local sporting landscape and we are thrilled that they will be playing a key role in the success of this event.”
The 2014 WTA Championships will feature 11 match sessions across seven days of competition with four day sessions and seven evening sessions. The top eight singles players in the world will compete in a two-group, round robin competition (Sessions 1-8) with the top players in each group advancing to a single-elimination semifinal round (Session 9 and 10) and a championship match staged on Sunday, October 26 (Session 11).
The doubles competition will feature the top eight doubles teams in the world competing in single-elimination competition beginning with the quarterfinals (Sessions 3, 4, 6 and 8). The doubles semifinals will be staged on Saturday, October 25 (Sessions 9 and 10) with the doubles final staged prior to the singles final.
WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS SINGAPORE TICKET SESSIONS
SESSION DAY TIME MATCHES
Session 1 Monday, Oct 20 5:30pm Legends (1), Singles RR (2)
Session 2 Tuesday, Oct 21 5:30pm Rising Stars (1), Singles RR (2)
Session 3 Wednesday, Oct 22 1:30pm Doubles QF (1), Singles RR (1)
Session 4 Wednesday, Oct 22 7:30pm Singles RR (1), Doubles QF (1), Legends (1)
Session 5 Thursday, Oct 23 1:30pm Singles RR (2)
Session 6 Thursday, Oct 23 7:30pm Singles RR (1), Doubles QF (1), Legends (1)
Session 7 Friday, Oct 24 1:30pm Singles RR (2)
Session 8 Friday, Oct 24 7:30pm Singles RR (1) & Doubles QF (1)
Session 9 Saturday, Oct 25 12pm Doubles SF (1) & Singles SF (1)
Session 10 Saturday, Oct 25 6pm Singles SF (1) & Doubles SF (1)
Session 11 Sunday, Oct 26 4pm Doubles Final & Singles Final
Subject to change RR = Round Robin
Ticket sales will commence on April 17, with an exclusive pre-sale period for OCBC card members at discounted rates for a limited time. Corporate hospitality packages will also be available, followed by an Early Bird Sales period in May and general consumer sales will open on June 2.
TIME LINE OF TICKET SALES
April 17 to May 14 Exclusive Pre-Sale to OCBC Card members (General Admission)
May 15 - June 1 Early Bird Sales (General Admission)
June 2 General Public Ticket Sales Open (General Admission)
June 2 Family Packages and Group Sales open
Oct 20 - 26 Daily Ground Pass on Sale
All tickets will be ticketed through Sports Hub Tix, the official ticketing partner of the 2014 WTA Championships Singapore. For more information log on to www.sportshubtix.com.sg, visit the Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office, call +65.6333.5000 or +65.3158.7888 or stop by a local SingPost outlet. Tickets prices start at SGD $16.90 plus booking fee. A limited number of Ground Passes will be available for purchase the week of the event from October 20-26, granting visitors access to the Fan Festival, Fan Zone and Player Practice sessions.
Women's tennis fans will have the opportunity to get closer to their favorite stars and WTA Championships via a season-long “Road To Singapore” journey. All the latest news will be available from the Championships website www.wtachampionships.com, Twitter (@WTACSingapore), Facebook (Facebook.com/WTAChampionshipsSG) and by becoming a “Road to Singapore Insider”. Through the dedicated platforms, fans will enjoy unparalleled access to their favorite players' season-long journey, including enhanced editorial coverage across all platforms.
Singapore is the first city in Asia-Pacific in the 44-year history of the WTA Championships to host this prestigious event that promises a 10-day sports and entertainment experience featuring world-class competition, exhibitions and supporting activities for fans of women’s tennis in Singapore and around the world to enjoy.