Good parking is in more demand than a day pass to next week’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.
Ticket prices for golf’s biennial event featuring 24 of the best players from the U.S. and Europe continue to drop in the days leading up to competition despite being touted as “one of the world’s greatest sporting events.”
A weekly pass is available on StubHub starting at $575, up $15 from the $560 retail price, but down from the elevated asking prices set in the months leading up to the event. Parking passes for the week are selling for $1,000.
Individual session/parking passes are also available on StubHub. Friday's opening round starts at $175 and $275 for parking. Saturday’s round starts at $245 and $145 for parking. Passes for Sunday’s final round start at $150 with parking $200.
The best deals to be had are for the practice rounds Tuesday-Thursday. Passes for each round are selling under retail value and can be purchased for as low as $8 (Wednesday).
Passes to Tuesday’s practice round starts at $12 with parking at $55. Tickets to Wednesday’s action start at $8 and $89 for parking. Thursday’s practice round, which also includes captains matches (a 9-hole scramble featuring former captains from U.S. and Europe) and the Opening Ceremony, starts at $19 and parking at $145. The celebrity matches will be played Tuesday.
Tuesday and Wednesday’s practice round tickets retailed for $30 and Thursday $100.
The PGA said 130,000 people signed up to be notified when tickets went on sale and a lottery was started. Attendance is capped at about 40,000 per day.
Tickets to the 2012 Ryder Cup in Medinah, Ill., retailed for $480, but were sold on the secondary market for an average of $908 in the days leading up to the event.
This year’s weekly pass going for $575 is about 37 percent below the price paid for 2012 passes in the days before the event.
Free parking for the Ryder Cup is available at Canterbury Park in Shakopee where a shuttle bus will ferry fans to the course.