OCBC Bank Signs On For Singapore
Published April 16, 2014 12:13
SINGAPORE - OCBC Bank is going to be the Official Card Partner for the next five years for the BNP Paribas WTA Championships Singapore presented by SC Global, it was announced Wednesday.
Under the agreement, OCBC Bank card members will enjoy a discount of 7% when they purchase tickets with their OCBC cards during the exclusive pre-sale period (April 17 to May 14) and early bird period (May 15 to June 1). Thereafter, they will enjoy a discount of 5% for General Admission tickets.
Desmond Tan, the Head of Group Lifestyle Financing for OCBC Bank, 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."
Stacey Allaster, the Chairman & CEO of the WTA, commented on Wednesday's announcement: "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."
Andrew Georgiou, CEO of event promoter World Sport Group, 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 they will be playing a key role in this event's success."
The WTA Championships will feature 11 match sessions across seven days of competition with four day sessions and seven evening sessions. The Top 8 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 the semifinal round (Session 9 and 10) and a championship match staged on Sunday, October 26 (Session 11).
The doubles competition will feature the Top 8 teams 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 Ticket Sessions
Session 1: Monday, October 20, 5:30pm (Legends-1, Singles RR-2)
Session 2: Tuesday, October 21, 5:30pm (Rising Stars-1, Singles RR-2)
Session 3: Wednesday, October 22, 1:30pm (Doubles QF-1, Singles RR-1)
Session 4: Wednesday, October 22, 7:30pm (Singles RR-1, Doubles QF-1, Legends-1)
Session 5: Thursday, October 23, 1:30pm (Singles RR-2)
Session 6: Thursday, October 23, 7:30pm (Singles RR-1, Doubles QF-1, Legends-1)
Session 7: Friday, October 24, 1:30pm (Singles RR-2)
Session 8: Friday, October 24, 7:30pm (Singles RR-1, Doubles QF-1)
Session 9: Saturday, October 25, 12pm (Doubles SF-1, Singles SF-1)
Session 10: Saturday, October 25, 6pm (Singles SF-1, Doubles SF-1)
Session 11: Sunday, October 26, 4pm (Doubles Final & Singles Final)
Ticket sales will commence this Thursday, 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.
Timeline Of Ticket Sales
April 17 to May 14: Exclusive Pre-Sale to OCBC Card members (General Admission)
May 15 to 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 to 26: Daily Ground Pass on Sale
All tickets will be ticketed through Sports Hub Tix, the official ticketing partner of the WTA Championships. 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.
Also, 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.