It didn’t take long for the first batch of Players Championship tickets to sell out.
The Players put a priority allotment of tickets for the tournament March 11-14 at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course on sale last Monday at 10 a.m.
By the end of the day Tuesday, they were gone.
The PGA Tour isn’t saying how many tickets were involved in the “presale” — only that an email was sent to those who had purchased tickets in the past two years, giving them the first crack.
Likewise, the Tour isn’t saying how many tickets are left that will go on public sale on Feb. 16. The tickets can only be purchased by visiting theplayers.com
The Players announced last month that it would allow “20 percent” capacity on the Stadium Course. The Players hasn’t released attendance figures since 2013 when a record of 45,281 fans was announced for the third round when Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia played in the final group.
Based on that number, upward of 9,000 fans could be allowed on the grounds.
The good news is that parking passes won’t sell out, simply because all of the estimated 11,000 spaces in the public lot off Country Road 210 aren’t likely to be used. Fans still need to purchase parking passes in advance of the round or rounds they’re attending, and the price last year of $15 for the Tuesday and Wednesday practice rounds and $40 for the competitive rounds from Thursday through Sunday will stay the same.
Parking passes can be purchased only at theplayers.com, or at the preferred secondary market, ticketmaster.com.
Players will offer military tickets
The usual perks for the military are being shelved for this year’s Players, with no Patriots Outpost hospitality venue or Military Appreciation Day ceremony.
However, there will be a limited number of free tickets for retired and reserve military, National Guard members and one dependent (with valid identification) for the practice rounds March 9 and 10. The tickets will become available on Feb. 16.
Veterans with valid identification can receive up to two discounted tickets for those days.
Those wanting to obtain tickets should visit theplayers.com/tickets and locate the military dropdown icon to access the verification system. Upon verification, a voucher will be issued for Tuesday and/or Wednesday, which must be printed and redeemed at Will Call, located this year at 13000 Sawgrass Village Circle, Building 1, Ponte Vedra Beach. No vouchers will be redeemed at on-site entry gates.
The Players also has set its youth ticket policy. Youth Days, presented by Nemours Children’s Health System, will allow up to two youths, ages 15 and younger, to be admitted free with a ticketed adult for the Tuesday and Wednesday practice rounds.
Youth must be ticketed Thursday through Sunday, including for hospitality venues.
By Gary Smits on Golfweek