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Phoenix Open most tech-friendly event on PGA Tour

With a new and improved tournament mobile app and increased on-site Wi-Fi and cell coverage and capacity, the Waste Management Phoenix Open remains the most technology-friendly golf tournament on the PGA TOUR.

Improved technology at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open includes:

• More than a dozen new Wi-Fi wireless access points have been added between the 18th green and 16th hole to improve capacity and reception. The entire golf course is now one giant hot spot with free Wi-Fi provided by Cox Business. The free, expanded Wi-Fi from Cox Business not only provides faster download speeds everywhere on the course, but also cuts through cellular network congestion in the area for fans who just want to download the tournament app, access the Internet, make phone calls or text message.

• Sprint has brought a high capacity Cell Site on Wheels (COW) to the tournament.  The COW will enhance Sprint’s wireless capacity and coverage for voice, data and text messaging. Simply put, more golf fans will be able to enjoy the tournament App and share their WM Phoenix Open experiences using Sprint cell phones. “Sprint has enhanced its network at TPC Scottsdale to give attendees more reliable access to the WM Phoenix Open Mobile App, sponsored by Kyocera,” said Kevin Kunkel, regional vice president of sales for Sprint. “Together, we are bringing more people closer to the game of golf and the Greatest Show on Grass.”
• The WM Phoenix Open Mobile App, sponsored by Kyocera, for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets is new and improved with a new “Get in the Q” sweepstakes for fans to be engaged in tournament action. Plus, detailed information on the tournament’s security procedures, including what is and what is not allowed into the TPC.

The free app, developed by Scottsdale-based AGN Sports, features:

• “Get in the Q” Sweepstakes – During tournament week, fans can play the Quicken Loans “Get in the Q” Sweepstakes through the Waste Management Phoenix Open App. If a PGA TOUR player hits their shot inside of seven feet on the 16th hole, winners will receive a one month mortgage payment courtesy of Quicken Loans. To register for the Quicken Loans “Get in the Q” Sweepstakes, fans can sign-up on-site at the tournament, or download the Waste Management Phoenix Open App via iTunes or through Google Play.

• PGA TOUR Leaderboard – So fans can see where their favorite players are in the standings

• Car Finder – Using GPS and navigation functionality, users arriving at the tournament can save the location of their cars and be guided back upon their departures.

• “Take Me There” Navigation – Users can search and select points of interest on the golf course, including tees, greens, concession stands, restrooms and merchandise areas and tap “Take Me There.” A yellow path will be superimposed on a virtual course map that takes the user to that point of interest from his/her current location on course.

• Links to Waste Management Phoenix Open social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

• TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course hole descriptions.

• Information on Waste Management, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Kyocera, the Thunderbirds, Coors Light Birds Nest, local weather and more.

• Daily Event feature – information and schedules detailing each day’s activities during the tournament.

Advancements in technology support Waste Management’s “Zero Waste” initiatives by reducing the amount of information distributed by paper at the tournament (brochures, guides, programs, etc) and transferring it to mobile/digital form. Plus, 100 percent of the electricity to power the tournament has been purchased from renewable energy.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played January 26 – February 1, 2015, at TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host The Thunderbirds have raised more than $93 million for charities, with more than $68 million generated since 2004. The 2015 edition will mark the 80th playing of the event, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR (not including the major championships). For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com.

2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open

All About The 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open

It’s back — the Greatest Show on Grass. One of the PDA Tour’s most popular tournaments, the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open consists of an entire week of golf, drinks and live entertainment, taking place from Monday, January 28 through Monday, February 4.

2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Who: Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and several other prestigious golfers (view the entire list of committed players here)
What: Events include R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day Activities, CBS Outdoor Special Olympics, the Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory, Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment, Waste Management Phoenix Open and more (view the calendar of events here)
When: January 28 – February 3, 2013
Where: Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale

Places to eat, play & stay around the Open:

Eat

True Food Kitchen
Bourbon Steak
Cantina Laredo

Play

Bobby’s Restaurant & Jazz Lounge
Scottsdale Fashion Square
A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale Food Tour

Stay

Zona Hotel & Suites Scottsdale
Fairmont Scottsdale
Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

The Birds Nest at the Phoenix Open

If golf isn’t really your thing, that doesn’t necessarily mean the 2013 Phoenix Open isn’t for you. The Coors Light Birds Nest party features several talented musical acts. Purchase tickets to the Bird’s Nest here.

  • Wednesday, January 30: The Bird’s Nest party begins with video DJ Roonie G, Kelley James and local band Smasht.
  • Thursday, January 31: Dierks Bentley will be headlining the Bird’s Nest. Concertgoers can expect to be treated with his popular country hits like “Am I The Only One” and “What Was I Thinking.”
  • Friday, February 1: O.A.R. will be making a return to Bird’s Nest after taking a year off from preforming at the Phoenix Open.
  • Saturday, February 2: Bird’s Nest will conclude on February 2 with DJ Roonie G once again and Metalhead, another band indigenous to Arizona.

Before and After Party: El Santo Cantina

El Santo Cantina will serve as the ultimate hangout before and after an exciting day at the Phoenix Open. This 25,000-square-foot venue will even pick you up and drop you off with its complimentary El Santo Party Bus shuttle scheduled to run every 30 minutes Thursday through Sunday.

  • El Santo Cantina
    Where: 7301 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale
    Contact: 480-584-3801
    Online: elsantocantina.com

Tickets

Ticket prices range from $25 to nearly $6,000 and can be purchased at the gate during WMPhoenix Open or online. Purchase tickets here.

General Admission | $25

  • Ages 17 & under are free when accompanied by an adult.

Sponsor Packages | $300

  • 4 transferable badges good for all week
  • 4 daily general admission tickets on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
  • 1 reserved parking pass for the week
  • Waste Management Phoenix Open souvenir program

Members Club | $1,800

  • 4 Members Club badges per day each of the 7 days
  • 4 general admission tickets per day for each of the 7 days
  • Complimentary beverages and light snacks in the on-course Members Club locations on 9, 12, 17 & 18
  • 1 reserved parking pass (good all week)

Greenskeeper | $3,300

  • 4 Greenskeeper badges per day each of the 7 days
  • 4 general admission tickets per day for each of the 7 days
  • Complimentary food & beverages
  • 1 valet parking pass (good all week)

Clubhouse | $5,900

  • 6 Clubhouse badges each day (Wed. – Sun.)
  • Complimentary buffet lunch and open bar
  • 6 Greenskeeper badges per day (Mon. – Tues.)
  • 10 general admission tickets each day for all 7 days
  • 3 valet parking passes (good all week)

Chairman’s Club | $5,000

Access to six venues, all week long:

  • Greenskeeper
  • Members Club
  • Clubhouse
  • Skyboxes
  • Corporate Village
  • Birds Nest VIP
  • Valet parking

Birds Nest General Admission

  • $35 (Wed. – Sat.)

Birds Nest VIP Admission | $150

  • Hosted bar and catered buffet each night of the Birds Nest (Wed. – Sat.)