An Insider's Guide to the Waste Management Phoenix Open

By local contributor
Emily Lawrence

This story contains historical information about the Waste Management Phoenix Open. While insightful, information might be inaccurate because of changes made due to COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information on this year's Waste Management Phoenix Open, click here.

For fans, whether they’re golfers or not, the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) is known as the “Greatest Show on Grass.” This week-long event takes place Feb. 1-7, 2021

Whether you want to party with friends (if that’s the case, don’t miss out on the 16th hole!) or actually watch golf, keep reading for our insider tips and tricks. You never know, this might be the year we see Tiger Woods sink another ace on the 16th!

 


WHERE IS THE PHOENIX OPEN PLAYED?


The Waste Management Phoenix Open is played at TPC Scottsdale.

17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

 


DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR PARKING?


No. There are several free lots with shuttles surrounding TPC. You can find parking and directions here. The tournament also has a designated rideshare lot for drop-off and pick-up.

 


HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?


 

Attendance: Capacity is limited to 5,000 people per day and COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced. 

Tickets: General admission tickets for Thursday-Sunday are sold out. You can still purchase general admission tickets for Wednesday, which are priced at $100. Limited weekly packages for the 16th Hole and Clubhouse venues also remain available to the public. All remaining tickets can be purchased online at WMPhoenixOpen.com.
 


CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS WHEN I ARRIVE?


Yes! You can purchase tickets at Will Call, which is located at the corner of 87th St. and Bell Road. Or, tickets are available for purchase in advance online.

 


CAN I BRING A BAG INTO THE GAME?


Your opaque bag must not exceed 6” x 6” x 6” in its natural state. Clear bags cannot exceed 12” x 6” x 12”. There is no bag check available, so make sure you’re prepared, otherwise, you will have to return to the car. If you’re taking rideshare, you will have no other option than to throw everything away. You can find a list of non-approved bags here.

 


WHEN DO THE GATES OPEN?


Gates open each morning at 7 a.m.
 


WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO?


Our favorite days to go are Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday. You might think Sunday’s final round would be the busiest, but it’s usually less crowded since it coincides with the Super Bowl.

 


IS THERE FOOD AT THE TOURNAMENT?


Concession information is TBD.

 


I HEARD THERE IS A CONCERT – WHAT IS THAT?


Typically, the popular Coors Light Birds Nest (a 21-and-older venue) has entertainment Wednesday through Saturday night. The Coors Light Birds Nest is not happening in 2021.  

 


HOW DO I WATCH THE WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN ON TV?


If you can’t make it to the tournament in person, the WMPO is nationally televised on GOLF Channel Thursday and Friday, and GOLF Channel and NBC on Saturday and Sunday.  Times subject to change: 

Thursday, Feb. 4: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Golf Channel)

Friday, Feb. 5: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Golf Channel)

Saturday, Feb. 6: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, Feb. 7: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Golf Channel);  1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (NBC)

If you still have questions, or want a more in-depth Waste Management Phoenix Open spectator guide, be sure to check out the tournaments website and FAQ section!