Better fan experience at TPC Scottsdale or Super Bowl?
Question on my mind. And (for once), it's kind of a serious question.
What's the better fan experience this coming Sunday? The 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open (raucous, over-the-top, a controlled chaos and on Sunday - dramatic and intense) or being at MetLife Stadium at the Super Bowl?
Here are a few points to consider.
Fans: TPC Scottsdale will be full of college aged fanatics who will - well, be well-lubed by the time the leaders get to 16. The Super Bowl is price prohibitive for many fans of the teams. Will be lots of older, well-to-do executives filling the seats.
Weather: The weather in Arizona this time of year is pretty much ideal. There will be short sleeves, sundresses and probably a few shirtless fans wandering around the course. The Super Bowl forecast is cloudy, a breeze and temps in the low 30s.
Drama: If history is any indicator, there is a 50% chance that the Super Bowl will not be close. (I kinda made that number up). However, there is a 100% chance that the leaders will be playing together when they come through 16 on Sunday.
Music: You get the most creative and tone deaf songs from the gallery as they greet each golfer when they are announced on the tee box. At the Super Bowl, you get Bruno Mars. (Calling this one a tie.)
Gifts: Golfers often throw out balls, hats, ball markers, etc to fans along the 16th. Each fan at the Super Bowl will get a goodie bag filled with hats, earmuffs, towels, handwarmers, etc. Probably an edge to the Super Bowl, but not by much.
Traffic: Getting in and out of each venue.....going with the golf.
There are a host of other considerations, I'm not even advocating there is a right answer. That said, if you're headed to the Waste Management Open, I can assure you that your time is not taking a backseat to what is typically considered the premier event in sports. So see, golf = fun. Lots of it. Especially this coming Sunday.
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