British Rowing writes on their website:
Organisers of the Samsung World Rowing Cup at Eton Dorney next month say that tickets are selling fast. They hope that anyone interested in seeing some world-class sport at one of 2012’s iconic venues will think about signing up quickly for the event from June 21-23.
Pre-purchase tickets for Sunday 23 are almost sold out with a few hundred remaining and there will only be a limited number available on the door on that day. So then attention is turning to “Super-Semi-Saturday” when crowds will be able to see their 2012 heroes and the stars of tomorrow in semi-finals in all events plus seven finals.
“It has been a privilege to see how much interest there is in the event”, said Ben Hunt Davis, himself a Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medallist who is Chairman of the Organising Committee. “We are nearing a sell-out on pre-sales tickets for the Sunday, but my experience of World Cup regattas is that semi-finals on Saturday can have some of the fiercest and tensest of racing as crews battle to take one of only six slots in the final”.
The spectators will be able to watch the action from start to finish on a big screen – a first for a World Cup in the UK. There will be food outlets offering street-food style cuisine and a range of retail outlets. The organisers have also made space available along the bank for spectators to picnic. British Rowing will run a “sport experience” area where spectators can have a taste of rowing first-hand and see how close they can get to the “gold standard” for their age and gender. The GB Rowing Team members who shone at Eton Dorney last summer at the Olympics have already talked of their excitement at competing there once more and reliving the memories.
Men’s four gold medallist Pete Reed summed up the excitement of returning when he said: “The World Cup at Eton Dorney will rekindle the Olympic fire we all felt there last summer. The venue is stunning, great for our sport and should continue to inspire our talent of tomorrow”.
Reed’s Olympic gold medal counterparts Andrew Triggs Hodge, Alex Gregory and Helen Glover are all back in full training and will be raring to go in front of the home crowd alongside a host of GB’s silver and bronze medallists from the Games.
Racing will open with heats and Repechages on Friday before moving to semi-finals and finals on Saturday and World Cup finals on Sunday. On Friday any school wishing to attend can benefit from a ticket deal that offers two free adult tickets for every ten child tickets purchased. The aim is to inspire the next generation.
On-line ticket sales are available here.
Spectators can also purchase tickets over the phone through the Royal Windsor Information Centre by calling 01753 743915.