An Insider's Guide to the Waste Management Phoenix Open

By local contributor
Emily Lawrence

For fans, whether they’re golfers or not, the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) is known as the “Greatest Show on Grass.” In addition to playing host to the greatest players in the game, the tournament is the PGA TOUR’s best attended event – drawing nearly 500,000 enthusiastic spectators each year. As one of the first events on the PGA TOUR calendar, The Waste Management Phoenix Open kicks off the year with a bang. Unlike any other tournament in the world, spectators become central to the event – helping to transform the famous 16th hole into “The Coliseum” – and the loudest hole in golf.

This week-long event takes place Feb. 7-13, 2022

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.

 


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. Free Public Parking is available in Lot 3 located at Hayden Road and Princess Drive. Coming from the north it is best to take the Hayden Road exit from the Loop 101. Coming from the south it is best to take the Frank Lloyd Wright exit from the Loop 101. 

Rideshare pick up is on Bell Rd near 82nd Street. Stop and drop is available near the main entrance at the corner of Hayden and Bell Road. There is no shuttle access to the tournament gates. For more parking detail click here

 


HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?

General Admission

  • Monday-Tuesday - FREE
  • Wednesday | Thursday | Sunday - $50
  • Friday | Saturday - $75

Other Tickets & Packages:

Ticket prices and availability are subject to change. For the most up-to-date ticket information visit WMPhoenixOpen.com.
 


TELL ME ABOUT THE 16TH HOLE

Also known as the loudest hole in golf, the par-3 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course draws a historically raucous crowd. Surrounded on all sides by very vocal fans, the 16th is a sight to be seen - especially during Saturday’s third round, when it can be a long wait for general admission seats. Tickets to the 16th Hole Skybox suite range from $500 - $1,600 on average and sell out quickly. Find ticket information here

 


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. And remember, Monday and Tuesday is free!

 


IS THERE FOOD AT THE TOURNAMENT?

Yes! This year all concessions are cashless. Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card & American Express are accepted. Find concessions stands on this map.

 


WHAT IS THE BIRD"S NEST?

The Coors Light Birds Nest is the hottest nightclub in Scottsdale four nights out of the year. Enjoy live music Wednesday through Saturday. This year’s lineup includes:

  • Wednesday – TBA
  • Thursday: Sam Hunt with special guest Russel Dickerson
  • Friday: Macklemore with special guest Quinn XCII and ayokay
  • Saturday: Kygo with special guest Sam Feldt and Forester

Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the headliner takes the stage at approximately 8:30 p.m. each night. Purchase tickets here

 


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!