2012 Family Circle tickets now on sale

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. -- There will be extra incentive to buy early tickets for the 2012 Family Circle Cup.

Would you like to have lunch with some of the world's best female athletes or see how it feels to walk on to Stadium Court through the player tunnel? Here's your chance. Any patron who purchases tickets before January 2, 2012 will be entered into the tournament's "VIP for a Day" Sweepstakes, and eligible to win weekly prizes, culminating with a Grand Prize VIP Experience.

The Grand Prize VIP Experience will include a behind-the-scenes tour featuring the tournament's Clubhouse, Media Center, Stadium, ESPN2 Production Trailers, as well as lunch in the player dining area, VIP gift bag including an autographed t-shirt, upgrade for two to Box Seats for a day, pre-match coin-toss, photo opportunity with players prior to a Family Circle Stadium match, valet parking and Terrace Club access. The Grand Prize VIP Experience winner will be announced on Monday, January 2, 2012.

"Our VIP for a Day contest is the most exciting opportunity we've ever offered to our fans, providing unprecedented access to players and areas that are traditionally off-limits to spectators," said Margaret Shaw, Ticket Coordinator.

The first weekly winner will be awarded on November 25 and every Friday through the end of December. Weekly prizes include a pre-match coin-toss on Stadium Court during the Family Circle Cup and a photo opportunity with the players.

"Fans enjoy the convenience, price advantage and prime seat location that ticket packages offer," said Shaw. "Individual session tickets provide flexibility for patrons to select the sessions of world class tennis that best fit their busy schedules."

Tickets are available 24 hours a day via, Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, and at Fans can also buy tickets at any local Publix location offering Ticketmaster services, as well as in person at the event's Box Office located on the second floor of the Family Circle Tennis Center Clubhouse, and by phone from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at (800) 677-2293 or (843) 856-7900.