New entrance at Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial combines fan engagement, event security

05/22/2014 12:00 AM

11/12/2014 5:32 PM

Spectators at this year’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will have a new main entrance to the golf tournament.

The entrance will encompass the park area immediately east of the golf course and will feature attractions such as interactive golf games and live music, tournament officials said.

The tournament will be Thursday through Sunday. Frost Bank is sponsoring the new entrance venue.

Spectators arriving in shuttles will be dropped at the park area along Colonial Parkway. They will proceed immediately into the interactive games area, past an area for live music during evenings after play ends and then into the tournament’s Fan Fest expo tent.

The new areas will be free to the public each day as well as event ticket holders.

After leaving the Fan Fest tent, spectators will reach a new security checkpoint near the west end of the park and Rogers Road, which will be closed to vehicle traffic.

Fans will show their credentials and will be wanded by security personnel, a new PGA Tour requirement, before proceeding. From there, spectators will walk along Rogers Road into a new golf course entrance near the fourth hole.

“This new area gives us some room to do things that we just couldn’t do before as well as room to grow,” tournament chairman Bobby Patton said. “Equally important, this makes sure we have ample space to comfortably screen all participants upon entry according to PGA Tour security guidelines.”

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