The Dick’s Sporting Goods Open has held firm to its game plan revealed in mid-April, notably a 5,000-spectator daily maximum and no exception to $500 all-inclusive, three-day tournament tickets.
The PGA Tour Champions event will be contested July 2-4 at En-Joie Golf Course with $2,050,000 in prize money at stake.
The 2020 Dick’s Sporting Good Open was canceled amid the COVID-19 crisis, and the 2021 model was designed in line with state and local COVID-19 protocols at the time.
The 5,000-spectator cap remains in place for the concert by multi-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion, July 2 off the 18th green. There will be no Friday-only tickets.
- The golf course will be closed to the public Monday and Tuesday of tournament week per PGA Tour protocol— “Minimizing the amount of potential exposure,” said tournament director John Karedes. That will be a first at En-Joie.
- Wednesday and Thursday Pro-Am tickets are available through Ticketmaster. “Club 71” tickets, as the Fri.-Sat.-Sun. package has been dubbed in honor of Broome County’s 1971 debut as host to Tour-sanctioned golf, are available through the tournament office. For details: www.dsgopen.com
- There will be no bleacher seating, consistent with the tournament’s April disclosure.
- A fireworks extravaganza will be staged Saturday, July 3.
- There will be no signing of autographs, per Tour policy.
- Thermal screening upon entrance to the grounds is unlikely to be required, but visitors will, per state regulations, need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine or a negative test within the previous 72 hours.
Karedes elaborated regarding the tournament’s decision to hold steady on its ticketing and spectator-capacity plans despite since-relaxed COVID-19-related guidelines.
“The problem is, even though New York state may have pivoted a little bit as far as our regulations, we’ve been out here selling our Club 71 tickets since our initial announcement,” he said. “Our purchasers have believed that they are part of a group of 5,000 people that will have sight lines, will have a great view of the concert, will really be a part of something unique and special for a professional golf tournament.
“It would just not be fair to them to have them show up and find an extra couple thousand people here. Talk about losing our credibility instantly, we certainly don’t want to do that because these are the same people that have been with us for decades and the same people that hopefully will be with us for decades to come.
“We had to draw a line in the sand back in April and we knew that things could potentially change. But we also knew that we couldn’t wait any longer, as it is, we’re going to be hard-pressed to have everything all buttoned up and ready for tournament week this year. So, we couldn’t have waited any longer to see what’s going to happen next week because pretty much we played that game since the first of the year.”
He added, “People understand the different constraints that we’re under this year, from the standpoint of our expenditures really aren’t changing. We still have a purse of over $2 million and a fee to put the event on Golf Channel, all the other expenses of putting on the tournament. Everybody has been very understanding as we try to bridge the gap to try to get to 2022.”
As he’d previously described, the three-day tickets are “all-inclusive of parking, food, beverage, premium open bar. You don’t have to reach into your pocket the whole time you’re here unless you want to buy a hat or a shirt. It’s the concert, it’s everything from soup to nuts.”
Those three-day tickets will be transferrable.
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