There will be no long faces from those who applied for tickets for the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.
Officials of the United States Golf Association championship said they have sold out of the weekly tickets while accommodating all requests for a random drawing. Confirmation emails will be sent out on Friday.
Helping to satisfy the demand was a $100,000 tourism grant from Douglas County, which will be used for additional grandstands at Omaha Country Club for the July 8 to 14.
Officials declined to release how many weekly tickets were sold or how many applications were received.
In a press release, they said they now estimate the total attendance will top the original goal of 150,000 spectators during the week.
“This is an exceptional response from an extraordinary community,” Patrick Duffy, the tournament’s general chairman, said in the release.
While the championship is sold out of weekly tickets, local officials said they are working with the USGA to determine whether additional tickets can be made available for the three days of practice rounds or four days of championship rounds.
Space constraints on the course are expected to limit daily galleries to about 30,000, including the volunteer force of 3,000.
“The response of the Omaha community is reflective of why we chose to bring the U.S. Senior Open to Omaha in the first place. We look forward to hosting an outstanding national championship next summer.” said Tim Flaherty, the USGA’s senior director for the U.S. Senior and Women’s Opens, in the release.
This was only the second time in the Senior Open’s 34 years, and the first since 2001, that ticket sales required advance application and a random drawing. Ticket packages were $150 and $250. The higher price included access to an climate-controlled pavilion on the course’s back nine.
Throughout the week, children 17 and under will receive free admission and front-row grandstand seating when accompanied by an adult with a ticket.
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