Thursday, March 25, 2010

If You Build It, They Will Come

The preparations for THE PLAYERS is in full force. One aspect of preparations is setting up for corporate hospitality and the fans. Bobby Spaulding, foreman for Shaffer Sports, was kind enough to sit down with me today and provide some facts and figures specific to THE PLAYERS setup.

Thirty-six men traveled with Bobby to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to setup for THE PLAYERS. THE PLAYERS setup requires over 200 tents with more than 250,000 square feet of space. One hundred semi-trailers are needed to import all of the materials needed to setup these tents. 4 semi-trailer loads alone are needed to supply the furnishings for these tents. THE PLAYERS build-out consists of three months of setup and one month of tear down. Tents are setup for: hospitality, concessions, merchandise, restrooms, catering, first aid, parking, starters, information and our broadcast partners NBC and The Golf Channel.

Two new products for the tournament this year will be: 1. THE TURN and 2. Open air conditioned seating behind eighteen green. The Turn is a seventeen thousand square foot tent with a outdoor seating area located between the ninth and eighteen golf holes.