U.S. Open Championships Spectators to be Prepared With 'Know Before You Go' Information
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – The United States Golf Association encourages spectators to plan their U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open experience now by using the comprehensive “Know Before You Go” tools available at usopen.com and uswomensopen.com.
The official website portals of the back-to-back championships provide complete ticket, transportation, parking, security and general event information that will help guide the more than 400,000 spectators anticipated during the June 9-23 event.
“Together with our North Carolina public safety partners, the USGA has carefully planned a safe and efficient championship arrival experience,” says Reg Jones, senior director, U.S. Open Championships. “Equipping fans with maps, best transportation routes, schedules and security information will improve their arrival experience and their overall enjoyment inside the gates.”
Transportation, Parking and Security Measures Detailed
More than 350 directional signs and 100 patrol officers will guide fans from major Southeastern highways to one of two spectator parking areas during the U.S. Open Championship. The Red Lot will accommodate spectators traveling from the north, and the Blue Lot will accommodate those arriving from the south, together providing approximately 20,000 parking spaces. Printer-friendly maps and step-by-step driving directions are provided on the website.
During the U.S. Women’s Open Championship, the Blue Lot will serve as the main spectator parking area.
Parking lots open at 5:30 a.m. daily, a half-hour prior to the 6 a.m. admission gate opening. General spectator parking is free to ticket holders, and includes complimentary shuttle service from both lots to the Main Admission Gate.
Prior to the estimated15-minute ride to the championship grounds, ticket holders will be required to pass through security screening.
“The process is designed to prevent spectators from bringing prohibited items onto the championship grounds,” says Greg Baker, commissioner of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, who is overseeing the public safety operations. “Spectators can expect metal-detection screening, very similar to what they might see at major airports.”
A complete list of prohibited items, which includes cell phones, food/beverages and cameras (which are allowed only during practice rounds for both championships), can be found at usopen.com/knowbeforeyougo. Of particular importance are any packages, bags, handbags and backpacks larger than 6”x6”x6”, which are among the prohibited items list. The USGA has worked with public safety officials to allow spectators to bring transparent/clear plastic hand and shoulder bags, not to exceed a 12”x12”x6” size.
Championship Events Calendars Posted
Daily events inside the gates are listed under the Championship Info tab on the website, including merchandise pavilion hours of operation and activities at the Putter Boy Plaza spectator services area.
The highlighted events include the Bob Jones Award Ceremony honoring Payne Stewart on Tuesday, June 10 at 5 p.m.; a special June 14 Flag Day celebration; and a series of activities on June 18, which is Junior Day at the U.S. Women’s Open Championship.
The complete two-week program of free activities taking place at the U.S. Open Experience area at Tufts Park in the Village of Pinehurst can also be found under the Championship Info tab.