Is HK Open a 6 star tournament this year?

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  1. Cheung

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    Wroldbadminton.net says so!

    There's a typhoon at the moment so I am unable to check with the association!
     
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    Very interesting.. If it were i hope they find a bigger stadium because the QE is just way too small for a 6 star tournament. I would hate to be up at 4am watching the last of the MD's.
     
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    Thta's a good point. Maybe they'll start earlier.....
     
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    Spoke to the HK badminton organisation. Not confirmed yet about 6 star status - they were very cagey about giving details out:) i.e. not confirming but not denying...:D

    More details perhaps in the next two weeks.
     
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    Hong Kong Open will be a 6-star event.

    Price money is $250,000 US dollars.
    QE will be the main site for the tournament. Some of the qualification matches may be held outside of QE.

    Click if you read Chinese. It is from today¡¦s Oriental Daily.

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    The detail schedule has been released which include the price of tickets. Due to "6 stars", the most expensive tickets of semi-final and final sell for HK$250 which is the most expensive ticket for watching badminton matches in HK.
     
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    OH WOW, that is really expensive. On the other hand, JR may turn up:p

    Perhaps I'll go to see the s/finals...

    I just wonder, is it possible to be a volunteer?

    Great to see HK putting on a 6* tournament. This will surely cause some readjustment to players plans at the end of the year. What was anticipated to be a 2 week period playing in TaiPei and China ends up being 3 weeks and a tiring schedule.
     
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    I plan to buy $250 tickets for both semi-final and final, and is thinking whether to take a day off to watch quarter-final as well (the most expensive ticket for quarter-final is HK$200).

    According to the schedule, there are qualifying matches on 27-Oct-03 which will be hold on Sports Institute. Entrance should be free on that day. Could you check the detail schedule ?
     
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    Wow, 6-star event for the HK Open!

    But the ticket price is not cheap. For the 5-star S'pore Open, a season ticket costs only S$32 (Special Discount otherwise S$40 or HK$180) for the entire 6 days including the Finals! Surely the prize-money doesn't come from the ticket collection but from sponsorship.

    Maybe to become a volunteer as Cheung has suggested, is a good idea. But make sure you can be in the QE hall to watch all the proceedings. But there are sacrifices to be made as a volunteer as Kaffie, who volunteered at the recent S'pore Open will tell you. Kaffie got to know all the pretty lady players and have pics taken with them including the star players like JR!
     
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    This ticket is pretty expensive for HK Open. Do they have any pre selling?
     
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    Do you have an idea where we can get tickets for HK Open 2003?
    Daily tickets or whole event and how much the cost?
     
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    The tentative start date of selling tickets is 18-Oct-03. Tickets will be sold throught the URBTIX. Their hotline number is (852)21115999.

    Based on the information published on newspaper sometime ago (subject to change), those should be daily tickets which cost from HK$20 to HK$250.
     
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    Thanks very much! :)
    I hope they have an email address where we
    can reserve tickets online.
     
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    Are yo based in HK? Then it is more straightforward to buy tickets. As for online purchase, I really do not know. I myself am a bit old fashoined and would like to purchase the ticket from an office. HK is like that at the moment. People are more cautious about Internet purchases, unlike Canada or US.
     
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    Sorry I'm not from HK :(
    But I will be in town on that weekend (Oct.29-Nov.2)
    for business and would love to watch the HK Open
    even for just one day. Maybe you can help me identify
    the official sellers of tickets so I can ask my cousins from
    HK to buy tickets for me. Thanks! :cool:
     
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    Shall we try?:)

    I'm thinking the night of Friday might be an appropriate time. Actually, I'm not sure what is the best time for the players as any meeting would have to accomodate their playing schedule.

    Why Friday? Probably, there will be more matches and players around so the atmosphere would be better. I'm guessing there will be 3 courts of play on Friday; on Saturday, there may only be two courts.

    maybe a little before 1900hours when the sessions starts.
     
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    Thanks for finding that link onthe tickets, it was very useful..
     
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    For me, I'll probably come on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Perhaps we can ask JR what is his preference.

    p.s. As a reminder, tickets will be started selling tomorrow.
     
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    May i know how to get to the stadium, i will be gg to hk on the31, so i hope i can watch the games....and can i get the tix fr the stadium, or i have to buy its at the URbTix outlets.....???
     

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