SCOTTSDALE, AZ — In less than two weeks, thousands of people will flock to Arizona for one of the premiere spring events -- the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Known as "The People's Open" and "The Greatest Show on Grass," the PGA tournament is known for its famous coliseum-style 16th Hole, lively atmosphere, outdoor concerts, and the Annexus Pro-Am, which pairs professional golfers with high-profile athletes and celebrities.
Consider this to be your online guide to the action: from general admission, discounts and parking, to nightly concerts and celebrity appearances.
Where is it? TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, 17020 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
When is it? Jan. 28 - Feb. 3, 2019; the Annexus Pro-Am is Jan. 30; First round begins Thursday, Jan. 31.
ADMISSION & DISCOUNTS
"Ford Free Days": There is no admission cost on the first two days of the Phoenix Open, Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 28 & 29. The pros will be out on the course for practice rounds.
General admission: Admission is $45 on Wednesday, Jan. 30, Thursday, Jan. 31, and Sunday, Feb. 3; and $60 on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 & 2 . Ticket information.
Free child admission: Individuals 17 and younger are free all week with paid adult admission.
Military, vets and first responders: Military members -- active duty, reserved, retirees and veterans -- and police officers, firefighters and emergency medial technicians (EMTs) can get free* admission for himself or herself, and a guest each day of the tournament. You have to register through "Birdies of the Brave" to claim the tickets. *There is a $1 verification fee per person who applies.
Safeway/Albertsons Promotion: Customers who spend a minimum of $50 on a specific list of items at Safeway or Albertsons can receive a free general-admission ticket to the Waste Management Phoenix Open. View list of items. Note: When you enter the promo code on the Phoenix Open's ticketing website, make sure to select the ticket option that specifically mentions "Safeway/Albertsons Promo." If you select the normal general admission ticket at the top, the promo code will not be accepted.
WHERE TO PARK
There are two free public parking lots and both have shuttles to the entrance gates. View parking map.
Lot H: Near the Loop 101 and Hayden Road. Drivers should exit at Hayden Road and drive south to Lot H. The shuttle will operate Monday-Tuesday from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Wednesday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Lot W: At WestWorld of Scottsdale, near 94th Street and Bell Road. Drivers should exit at Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., go north on Bell Road, east on 94th Street, and south to Lot W. The shuttle will run Wednesday-Saturday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. There is no shuttle on Monday or Tuesday.
Lots 3-8: Require a special decal. View parking map.
Ride-share: Uber's pick-up and drop-off location will be on 82nd Street between Bell Road and Princess Drive.
- Jan. 28: Practice rounds, Kadima.Ventures Pro-Am
- Jan. 29: Practice rounds, Kadima.Ventures Pro-Am, R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day, trick shot show
- Jan. 30: Annexus Pro-Am, Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory
- Jan. 31: Round 1
- Feb. 1: Round 2
- Feb. 2: Round 3 (All day green out)
- Feb. 3: Round 4
ANNEXUS PRO-AM (JAN. 30)
On Wednesday, Jan. 30, the professional golfers link up with athletes and other celebrities for a round. Tee-times will be between 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. On Jan. 29, official pairings and tee-times are expected to be announced.
Here is a list of who's signed up to play, so far:
- Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals cornerback
- Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher
- Michael Phelps, most-decorated Olympian in history
- Justin Verlander, Houston Astros pitcher
- Jake Owen, country singer
- Greg Maddux, MLB Hall of Famer
- Emmitt Smith, NFL Hall of Famer
- Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs All-Star
- Jason Kidd, NBA Hall of Famer
- Golden Tate, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver
- Brandel Chamblee, Golf Channel analyst
- Richard Dent, Super Bowl XX MVP
- Yoshihisa Hirano, Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher
- Torey Lovullo, Arizona Diamondbacks manager
- Troy Mullins, World Long Drive Champion
- Chris Lane, country singer
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is no longer participating in this year's Pro-Am.
COORS LIGHT BIRDS NEST CONCERTS (JAN. 30 - FEB. 2)
Old Dominion, Jake Owen, The Chainsmokers, Snoop Dogg, and Martin Garrix will headline the four-night concert series outside the tournament gates. They will be joined by Midland, Brandon Lay, Lee Brice, Michael Ray, DJ Vice and Justin Mylo. The Chainsmokers and Snoop Dogg concert has been sold-out for months.
General admission tickets to the other concerts are still available and start at $65. You can purchase tickets, here. Those who purchase a ticket to see Old Dominion will also receive admission to the Annexus Pro-Am.
- Jan. 30: Old Dominion, Midland, Brandon Lay
- Jan. 31: Jake Owen, Lee Brice, Michael Ray (sold out)
- Feb. 1: The Chainsmokers, Snoop Dogg (sold out)
- Feb. 2: Martin Garrix, DJ Vice, Justin Mylo
Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and close at 10:30 p.m.
SECURITY: WHAT IS ALLOWED AND WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED
Those going to the Phoenix Open should expect to have their bags searched and to walk through a metal detector. The tournament has a "clear bag policy," similar to what other sporting events and concert venues have. Only clear bags and some small opaque bags, purses and cluthes will be allowed into the tournament. Clear bags cannot be larger than 12x6x12 and opaque bags. View security policies.
Allowed into the festival: sealed water bottle, collapsible chairs (no chair bags), umbrella (no bag), strollers, binoculars (no case) and still camera (lens cannot be longer than 6")
Not allowed into the festival: Backpacks, large bags, lawn chairs, bikes, pets (except service animals), scooters, video cameras, noisemakers, signs and banners, coolers, firearms and weapons, computers, and laser points.
FOOD AND DRINK OPTIONS
Food and drink is a big part of any event. The Phoenix Open will have options throughout the course, but there are a few destinations the general public may want to check out.
El Rancho: Located on top of the hill near the Twelth hole green, El Rancho has bleacher-style seating that has vantage points of the twelth green, thirteenth tee-box and sixth green and fairway, said Thunderbird Ed Grant. This year, El Ranch is expanding to 18,000 square feet. There will beer and tequila tasting, tables and umbrellas, and food.
Craft Beer Haus at 7: Opening on Wednesday, Craft Beer Haus will feature MillerCoors-owned craft beers, including Blue Moon and Leinenkuge. There will also be food, backyard-style games, and bathrooms. People can also watch broadcasts of the tournament. It is located between the Sixth hole fairway and Seventh hole green.
FanZone: The FanZone is near the Ninth green and is home to Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, Zinburger and Garcia's Mexican Restaurant. Dierks will have a chicken wrap sandwich, chicken tenders and fries. Zinburger's menu includes hamburgers, a crispy chicken sandwich, a double cheeseburger, and fries.
Bottled Blonde: Located near the Eighteenth fairway, Bottled Blonde will have wrapped sandwiches, drinks and bottle service.
Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect additions to the Annexus Pro-Am lineup.