Phoenix Open 2014: Officials warn attendees of new security measures

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Waste Management Phoenix Open officials are implementing new security measures for this year's PGA tournament in hopes of expediting fan entry to the event and maintaining a secure environment.

"Providing a safe and secure environment is something our fans and players deserve," said 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Tournament Chairman Tom King. "We ask that our fans be patient as we implement these new security measures."

PGA Tour policy limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the tournament, Waste Management Phoenix Open official Rob Myers said.

Fans will be able to carry the following style and size of bag, package or container into the tournament:

--Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" - these bags will be available at tournament parking shuttle locations and at the main entrance to the tournament.

The following items below will also be allowed into the event:

--One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

--Small clutch bags (wristlets), approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the tournament along with one of the clear bag options.

--All mobile phones, tablets and PDA's must be on silent mode.

--Sealed bottled water in approved bags

--Umbrellas without sleeve

--Collapsible chairs, without chair bags

--Portable radios w/headset

--Strollers, plastic baby bottles, and other baby supplies, (infant must be with carrier)

--Binoculars without binocular case

--An exception will be made for fans needing to bring medical supplies into the tournament. These medically necessary items will be permitted after proper inspection at one of the admissions gates.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

-No Backpacks

-No Chair Bags

-No Lawn or over size chairs

-No Seat Cushions

-No pets except for service animals

-No Bicycles

-No opaque bags larger than 6"x6"x6" (in their natural state) will be permitted

-No clear tote bags, plastic, vinyl, or other carry items larger than 12″x 6″x 12″ will be permitted

-No Video Cameras at any time

-No Cameras permitted after Wednesday

-No Radios, Televisions, or other electronic noise producing items

-No Whistles, Horns or Noise Makers

-No Signs or Banners

-No Alcoholic Beverages may enter or leave the Tournament

-No outside Food or Beverages may enter the Tournament except for medical or infant needs

-No Plastic, Metal, or Glass Cups, Cans or Containers of any kind except for medical or infant needs

-No Coolers of any kind

-No Weapons of any kind may enter the tournament including but not limited to fire arms or knives

-No Computers or Laptops

-No Fireworks

-No Illegal Substances

-No Laser Pointers

-No Poles or Rods

-No other items deemed unlawful or dangerous by the PGA TOUR/Tournament Security Officials

These public safety measures are implemented at other large venues, including all NFL stadiums, Myers said.

The 2014 Waste Management Open is being held at the TPC Scottsdale until Sunday, Feb. 2 and is the 79th playing of the event, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR.    

For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com.

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