PHOENIX — Fewer than 5,000 fans will be allowed per day inside the gates of TPC Scottsdale to attend the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open, the tournament's chairman said Wednesday, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"We remain hopeful we can host an extremely limited number of socially distanced fans at “The People’s Open”, and in light of the current COVID climate, we have decided to further reduce our attendance to fewer than 5,000 fans each day," Tournament Chairman Scott Jenkins said in a statement.
It is the first time the tournament has announced a specific figure regarding how many fans would be allowed at the tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 1-7, 2021 in Scottsdale. In previous years, some 600,000 to 700,000 people typically attend the week-long tournament.
Masks will be required throughout the tournament grounds and guests will also undergo thermal screening, Jenkins said.
Last fall, it was announced that due to the pandemic, the tournament would be scaled down with fewer hospitality suites and fans. To date, it does not appear that the Birds Nest will be part of the 2021 tournament.
General admission tickets went on sale over the holidays and are $100-$125 depending on the day, an increase from the $45-$65 cost for previous tournaments.
Around the famous 16th Hole, there will be a one-story open-air venue. Separate tickets are available for that experience, which includes premium views, food, and drink.
Visit www.WMPhoenixOpen.com for more information.