Didn't have foresight to order your US Open tickets the day they went on sale (and bascially sold out)? check out the US Open Experience at Independence Mall in Philadelphia. You may not get Tiger's autograph, but then, you probably wouldn't get that at Merion, either!
The U.S. Open Experience at Independence Mall opens today, Monday June 10, featuring interactive educational exhibits, an official U.S. Open merchandise store, and other unique opportunities for fans in the Independence Visitor Center. Plus, all activities are free! You won't find that at Merion, either.
The action moves outdoors for the weekend of June 15 and 16, with live big-screen golf coverage, authentic USGA bleacher seating, and simulated playing opportunities where fans can create their own memorable golf shots. Weekend hours of operation are from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. both days. All activities are open to the public and are complimentary with the exception of concessions, merchandise and parking/transportation.
“Philadelphia’s fans hold a special place in their hearts for the game of golf and the U.S. Open, and this newly developed experience is meant to recognize that incredible passion and loyalty,” said Sarah Hirshland, USGA Senior Managing Director for Business Affairs. “We hope that in creating this downtown celebration we are providing fans with an opportunity to be a part of the spirit and excitement of the game’s finest championship.”
Independence Mall is a three-block section of Independence National Historical Park (INHP) in Center City Philadelphia bounded by Chestnut, Race, 5th and 6th Streets. Buildings on the Mall include the National Constitution Center, the Independence Visitor Center, and the Liberty Bell Center.
24-hour fully enclosed parking (not free) is conveniently located underneath the Independence Visitor Center, providing access to Independence Mall and other area attractions. The site is also accessible via SEPTA and by PHLASH - the purple trolley system offering an easy and affordable way to visit many of Center City’s key points of interest.
It's all made possible by the USGA and its partners American Express, Chevron, and Lexus. For more information about The U.S. Open Experience and the upcoming U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club visit www.usopen.com.