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Davis Cup first round tie to be held in Logroño bullring
ThinkSpain , Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The bullring in Logroño has been confirmed as the venue for the first round of the 2010 Davis Cup which sees the reigning champions, Spain take on Switzerland from March 5th to 7th.
According to the Rioja Tennis Federation, the regional government will pick up the bill for transforming the bullring into a international standard tennis court as well as the cost of building a practice court, work that will cost in the region of 100,000 euros.

These costs will be offset against ticket sales, with somewhere in the region of half of all income from the sale of tickets going back to the regional government.

The final cost of staging the event will depend heavily on ticket sales.  If the event is a sell-out it will be the biggest ever attendance at any sporting event in this community, with over 30,000 people being able to see the current champions play at the Plaza de La Ribera.

The main attraction in this first round will be the most likely presence of Rafa Nadal, Spain's number one player.  The dual between the world's top two players is what the people of Logroño will want to see, although there is a chance that Nadal will opt not to interrupt his winter hard-court season with matches on clay.

Logroño's bull ring, which sits alongside the river Ebro, is a covered stadium built in the shape of a UFO and with seating for 11,460 people.  In its eight years it has never been used as the venue for a sporting event.

A few months ago, Spain's Davis Cup team captain, Albert Costa, visited the bullring and gave it the 'ok' as the venue for the first round of this year's competition.

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