Extra tickets for Solheim Cup to benefit Katrina relief

Posted: Tuesday, September 06, 2005

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — The Solheim Cup plans to sell 3,000 additional tickets for Sunday's final day as a fund-raiser for Hurricane Katrina.

Tickets have been sold out since February, but organizers said Monday the extra fans can be spread out during the 12 one-on-one matches in the U.S. vs. Europe women's competition at the Crooked Stick course in suburban Indianapolis.

The $40 tickets will be sold at the course's front gate on Sunday, with all proceeds — a possible $120,000 — going directly to the U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

''Thousands upon thousands of Americans are enduring inconceivable tragedy and loss,'' said Kelly Hyne, the Solheim Cup's tournament director. ''We wanted to do something this week that would contribute to the relief efforts and allow the fans to take part.''

In other Katrina developments:

n The NFL game between the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints, driven from Louisiana by the hurricane, will be played as part of a nationally televised doubleheader starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 19.

The game, already moved to the Giants' home in the New Jersey Meadowlands, will begin on ABC, then be switched to ESPN at 9 p.m., when ABC goes to the regularly scheduled game between Washington and Dallas in Irving, Texas.

The NFL said fund-raising efforts for hurricane relief will be intertwined in the telecasts of both games.

n LSU and Arizona State have moved their football game Saturday from Baton Rouge, La., to Tempe, Ariz., because of the hurricane, with the Sun Devils saying they will donate all of the post-expenses gate receipts — expected to be about $1 million — to the relief effort. ''We don't want to interfere with the recovery effort in any way,'' LSU athletic director Skip Bertman said Monday. Earlier, No. 5 LSU postponed its scheduled home game last Saturday against North Texas.

The Colorado Rockies raised $50,000 for hurricane victims through game-day sales of tickets for Sunday's game against for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition to the ticket revenue from more than 3,600 fans, the Rockies Foundation also contributed to the donation. The team also said that the program would continue for the final two Sunday games of the season, Sept. 11 against Arizona and Sept. 25 against San Francisco.

Fans put $40,000 in buckets as they entered Michigan Stadium this past weekend, the Red Cross said. The university estimated another $10,000 was raised by program sales.

The women's and men's swim teams and Red Cross volunteers collected donations before the Wolverines played Northern Illinois on Saturday. The school will give the Red Cross $2 for every program sold for the season opener.

Louisiana Tech offered to share its football facilities with Tulane and let its athletes enroll for the fall semester. Tulane has spent the last week practicing in Jackson, Miss., and Dallas after evacuating New Orleans because of the hurricane Katrina.

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