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Riga Open 2015 is the first tournament on the 2015/16 European Tour of Snooker. It is being played in Latvia’s beautiful capital Riga by the Daugava river. The 2014 inaugural tournament was a huge success, which was won by then reigning World Champion Mark Selby, who won the final 4-3 against Mark Allen.
Where is Riga Open 2015 being played?
Riga Open 2015 will be played in Arena Riga, a couple of kilometers from the town centre. The Arena normally seats up to 12,500 people and is used for ice hockey, basketball and major concerts. The city of Riga itself is a beautiful, dynamic and interesting “small” capital with a lot of history. It is visibly influenced by its position at the Baltic Sea and old status as a major trading port with a large influx of traders from the Nordic countries, as well as by its more recent 50 year long sting as a part of the Soviet Union.
The old town by the Daugava River is quite a treasure, and the city also boasts lovely parks, beautiful buildings and a lot of shopping- and entertainment options. The Latvians are generally good at English and German and are used to tourists, especially from the Nordic countries.
When is Riga Open 2015 being played?
The tournament is being played from July 29 to August 2. The first two days are for the amateur qualifying rounds, with the last three days being the actual main tournament for the remaining 128 players. All matches are best of 7 frames.
When can I get tickets – and for how much?
Tickets for the 2015 Riga Open can be bought online from Bilesu Serviss, which luckily has a reasonable English language section. Prices go from 10 Euro to 100 Euro. All tickets are valid for an entire day, but some of the more expensive tickets (€70-€100) also give VIP-status, with extra good seats, access to players’ lounge, photo- and autograph sessions and (on the day of the final) access to the tournament after party.
Where can I stay near the tournament?
There are a lot of hotels in Riga in all prices ranges and quality levels. There are no good options just next to the Arena, which is however just a 20-25 minutes walk from the old town or a few minutes by taxi or public transport – both of which are quite cheap in Riga.
The official hotel for Riga Open 2015 is Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, where a lot of the players are expected to stay. Be aware, that there are three other Radisson hotels in the city, but it is only the Latvija, which is affiliated with the tournament. It is recommended to find a hotel near the Esplanade park, which is just outside the Old Town in the direction of the Arena. It is a green area within walking distance of pretty much everything in the city. Other hotels in Riga can be found on booking.com.
How do I get to Riga?
Riga Airport is located just a bit to the South West of the the city. It is quite modern with a lot of international connections, especially to Northern and Eastern Europe destinations. Main providers are airBaltic and the discount airlines Norwegian, Ryanair and Wizz Air.
A bus to the city centre from the airport takes about half an hour and costs €2. It is also possible to get a taxi, which will take you about 15 minutes and cost €15. Transportation in Riga is generally fairly cheap.