Posted: March 17, 2015 5:02 am
MIKE GROSS / LNP
Daily single tickets for July’s U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club will be available.
Not quite yet, though.
Ongoing sales of multiple-day and special ticket packages are expected to end sometime early next month, tournament director Barry Deach said Monday.
At that point, anyone will be able to buy a single-day, single-entry ticket at a not-yet-announced price by going to the event’s website, 2015uswomensopen.com.
“It’s too early to tell,” Deach said when asked how well sales are going. “We still have April, May and June — three pretty big months.”
Ticketing for major golf championships can be a complicated business. Venues vary greatly in their realistic capacity for spectators. Logistics and transportation are big factors. Then there is the wide variety of packages — single-day and multi-day, individuals, families and groups.
It is possible that tickets will still be available on a walk-up basis during the tournament, which will be played July 9-12. It’s also possible sales will be cut off, perhaps long before the event.
Most package deals have already been sold out. The remaining packages — the two-entry championship grounds e-tickets and “1761 Club” memberships — are still available to anyone who has signed up for a wait list.
The two-entry grounds e-tickets are $85. They are for two people for one day or one person for two days. They come with public parking and with children of ticket-holders under age 17 admitted free.
The 1761 Club is $200 for seven-day admission, parking and access to a lodge-like hangout that will be fashioned from a farm house and barn property on the course.
Again, those will only be available for another couple of weeks.
Deach said the wait list had over 600 names on it the last time he looked, which was in February. Spots on the wait list are still available at 2015uswomensopen.com. People on the list receive regular e-mail notifications of what’s available.
“We’ve already captured the local market to an extent that we think is significant,” Deach said. “Typically, when we get close to the championship, we attract people coming from farther away.”
Deach said tournament officials are working with Amtrak and Red Rose Transit to attract spectators coming to Lancaster by train.
Plans are not firmed up yet, but Deach said he hoped out-of-town fans would be able to get transportation from the Amtrak station to Lancaster Country Club (about three miles) via Red Rose Transit, or even park downtown and take mass transit to the course.