Watch Davis Cup final in Ghent café or hotel bars 27-29 November

Ghent hospitality sector to broadcast the Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain on 27, 28 and 29 November 2015 live

The City of Ghent wishes to help pubs, restaurants and hotels who will be broadcasting the final of the Davis Cup between Belgium and Great Britain live on 27, 28 and 29 November 2015 make British tourists on a city trip to Ghent aware of their offer. It goes without saying that we are not only welcoming British but also Ghent and other tennis fans with open arms. Businesses in the hospitality sector can contact us until 6 November included. They will each receive a window poster and a number of tips on how to turn this event into an unforgettable tennis festival. The list will be distributed among British tourists on arrival at their hotel while Ghent citizens will be able to check it via the City's usual communication channels and the press.

On 27, 28 and 29 November 2015, the entire (sporting) world will turn its eyes to Ghent, for this is when the City of Van Artevelde will be hosting the final of the Davis Cup between Belgium and Great Britain. All 37,641 tickets were snapped up in no time. People's enthusiasm and interest have exceeded our wildest expectations.

As it is exactly 111 years ago since Belgium last made it to the final, we want to make sure that the many British and Belgian fans who did not manage to get a ticket will also be able to enjoy this historic event. This is why the City of Ghent wishes to help businesses in the hospitality sector who will be broadcasting the Davis Cup live publicise their offer. As the number of tickets for British supporters was limited, we expect that the many British tourists,who did not manage to get an entry ticket,will still descend on Ghent en masse that particular weekend. At that, there will be no shortage of locals and other tennis fans who will want to follow the matches with friends in the pub.

Up to and including Friday, 6 November 2015, hotels, restaurants and pubs can let us know that they will be broadcasting the matches live (by e-mailing us at ondernemen@gent.beor by calling us on 09 210 10 60). Participating businesses will receive a special windowposter, a list of tips on how to turn this event into a veritable tennis festival and will have the name of their business included on the list that will be distributed among British tourists on arrival at their hotel. It goes without saying that the list of participating hospitality businesses will also be made available to the citizens of Ghent via the City's usual communication channels.
This offer will be sent out to all the hotels, restaurants and pubs in the inner city by letter but we are also calling on all the other establishments in the city.


Davis Cup Final Belgium - Great Britain in Flanders Expo, Ghent

Tennis Vlaanderen and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) have confirmed that the Davis Cup Final against Great Britain will be played at Flanders Expo in Ghent (27-29 November).

Dirk De Maeseneer, President of Tennis Vlaanderen: "The matches will be played in Flanders Expo's largest hall (hall 1). In addition, the 7 adjacent halls will accommodate a Tennis Village for the supporters, VIP Hospitality, a press centre, officials, team lounges, the organisation and suchlike. For the occasion, a stand with a capacity of 13,000 seats will be erected. The matches will be played on clay courts."

Dirk Van Roy, CEO of Artexis Easyfairs Benelux, specialist in the organisation of events and the management of event venues like Flanders Expo, confirms: "It goes without saying that we are delighted that Flanders Expo was selected as host for this historic and prestigious event. Its central location, the infrastructure and our know-how played to our advantage. We, for our part, are really looking forward to using our years of expertise in the organisation of major events to turn the Davis Cup Final into an unqualified success".

As Belgium's third largest city, the ITF endorsed Ghent as host city for this final and will give the event its full support. As a host city to major national and international events such as the Light Festival, the Festival of Flanders, the start of the Tour of Flanders, the arrival of the Tour de France in 2007 and the World Gymnastics Championships in 2001 and 2013, Ghent has no shortage of experience when it comes to organising top events.

Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent, is over the moon: "The fact that such a unique and historic event will take place in our city is clearly fantastic news for Ghent and its citizens! After the Buffaloes' first ever title and the matches in the Champions League, now this¿ It goes without saying that we will be pulling out all the stops to turn this into one unforgettable event. What a marketing opportunity for our city!"

Alderman for Sports, Resul Tapmaz, adds: "A Belgian Davis Cup Final in Ghent is a historic event in itself. Will we, in a bustling Flanders Expo, also be able to make our mark in history against this strong Team Great Britain? The City of Ghent, for one, will certainly do all it can. Like Team Belgium, we won't be left wanting!"

Meanwhile, also Davis Cup Captain, Johan Van Herck, has begun focusing on the final against Great Britain. And what he sees is a great many opportunities: "We, Belgians, have the home advantage. With the choice of surface, a fantastic home audience, and players who tailor their programme in function of this Davis Cup Final, we hold 3 important trump cards. In the previous duel, we already saw how a team can rise to that. Let's make no mistake about it: we have a very strong team and are determined to win and raise the Davis Cup chalice! The best is yet to come..."

Further details about this Davis Cup Final will be unveiled at the press conference of Thursday, 1 October. Invitations will be sent out shortly.

Full details: www.tennisvlaanderen.be/daviscup

Davis Cup, an event with a myth - 11/08

The Davis Cup is a tennis event with a myth attached to it¿.
This world cup, which is contested annually, saw the light of day in 1900.
Over the years, Belgium has had its own share of great performances.
This year, and with a little luck admittedly, we made it to the semi-finals.
AFT, the Walloon Tennis Federation, will see to it that everything runs without a hitch.
The matches will be played before a home audience, at Forest National. Our team has the chance to write tennis history and to qualify for the final for the first time since 1904. Back then we were first runner-up in the final against Great Britain at Wimbledon.
And let's keep on dreaming for another while... if our team defeats Argentina, our country will once again be given the honour of organising the final! Let's dream about a place in the line-up of world champions, after the Switzerland of Federer and Wawrinka in 2014¿
The message is clear: we expect you to come and support the Belgian Davis Cup Team all the way to the final en masse!