Beacon Journal staff report
Bridgestone Invitational officials on Wednesday announced several new enhancements for fans when the event returns to Firestone Country Club from July 30-Aug. 3.
The Bridgestone Invitational will be the first golf event to offer #FANPERKS, which are fan experience enhancements that take fans behind the scenes to give them VIP access never before offered.
In addition, fans can now purchase tickets, enter the event and transfer tickets to friends via their smartphone for an added convenience. #FANPERKS will be offered using mobile technology from Experience (www.expapp.com).
Fans will have access to a variety of behind-the-scenes experiences, limited access and other perks through limited ticket packages offered Tuesday through Sunday of the event.
Tickets to the Bridgestone Invitational can also be purchased by visiting www.worldgolfchampionships.com or by calling (844) TOUR-465.
Here is the text of the news release from the PGA Tour:
World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational to offer new, unique experiences to fans via #FANPERKS
Event is also offering Mobile Entry, Ticket Transfer for the first time for added convenience
AKRON, Ohio (July 16, 2014) – World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational officials announced several new enhancements for fans when the event returns to Akron, Ohio, on July 30-August 3 at Firestone Country Club.
The Bridgestone Invitational will be the first golf event to offer #FANPERKS, which are fan enhancement experiences that go above and beyond just attending a golf event and take fans behind-the-scenes to give them VIP access never before offered. In addition, fans can now purchase tickets, enter the event and transfer tickets to friends via their smartphone for an added convenience. #FANPERKS will be offered using mobile technology from Experience (expapp.com).
To access #FANPERKS, fans will need to download the most current PGA TOUR app (ios 2.5) and, for an enhanced experience, ensure push notifications are turned on (select #FANPERKS from the main menu). While at the Bridgestone Invitational, via push notifications and Bluetooth, fans will receive pings to notify them of the latest and greatest experiences available while on site.
Fans will have access to a variety of behind-the-scenes experiences, limited access and other perks, including the following:
Tuesday only: Bridgestone Golf Experience
Tour of the official Bridgestone Golf equipment van on-site
Behind-the-scenes look at how technicians adjust the clubs of the TOUR pros each week
Custom-made Bridgestone Golf driver
Three packages available
Wednesday only: Ambassador of Golf Package
VIP seating at the Ambassador of Golf Ceremony (2014 recipient: Johnny Miller)
VIP access to cocktail party and reception at Firestone Country Club immediately following the ceremony
10 packages available
Saturday or Sunday only: Honorary Observer Twosome
Choose between Saturday or Sunday (only one package available per day)
Access for two to walk inside the ropes for 18 holes
Includes commemorative Bridgestone Invitational polo shirt for each participant
Deadline to purchase Saturday packages is Friday of tournament week at 8 p.m. The deadline to purchase Sunday packages is Saturday at 8 p.m.
Saturday or Sunday only: 18th Hole VIP Ticket
Reserved seating for one at the Clubhouse for lunch with an open bar
Includes reserved seating in the Skybox on the 18th hole with inclusive drinks all day and light appetizers in the afternoon
Five packages available per day (Saturday or Sunday)
Sunday only: Photo with the champion
Be a part of closing ceremony by getting your picture taken with the newly crowned 2014 Bridgestone Invitational winner during the official photo call
Includes a commemorative, framed photo that will be mailed to the purchaser
Only one package available
All week: Clubhouse Foursome with South Firestone Country Club Golf
Four weekly Clubhouse badges with access to the 16th hole Championship Club – an upgraded venue with a sports-bar setting and live television coverage of all of the action with prime views of the best hole at Firestone
One valet parking pass to the Bridgestone Invitational
Foursome for golf at Firestone Country Club South Course at a mutually agreeable date after August 4, including cart fees. Applicable fees apply and times are restricted.
Four packages available
All week: Front-Row Access
Front-row, special reserved section at the driving range and No. 1 tee for optimal viewing
10 packages available
All week: Championship Club Upgrade
Upgrade your tickets to get access into the 16th Hole Championship Club
Sports-bar setting overlooking prime views of the famous “Green Monster” hole at Firestone. A true golfer’s paradise, this venue also includes live TV feeds so you don’t miss any of the tournament action.
Upgraded menu available for purchase
50 packages available per day (Wednesday – Sunday)
Mobile Entry and Ticket Transfer
The Bridgestone Invitational now offers Mobile Entry for grounds ticket buyers at this year’s tournament. The service, offered by Ticketmaster, allows guests to purchase tickets at PGATOUR.COM/tickets, ticketmaster.com or the Ticketmaster mobile site and enter the event via their smartphone. The new method allows for a completely mobile purchase and entry experience, providing fans an easy and efficient entry to the Bridgestone Invitational.
With the mobile option, fans have the ability to view/bookmark their ticket prior to the event and save the ticket on their phone to make it available at any time. Once at the event entrance, fans will simply display the ticket barcode on their smartphone and have it scanned for entry.
In addition, daily grounds ticket buyers have the ability to transfer their tickets to friends and family via email. In a partnership with Ticketmaster, Ticket Transfer is a new service that enhances the fan’s purchase experience and creates an easy way for fans to share tickets with friends. This service is available to fans on both their desktop and mobile devices.
The tournament recently announced several new fan enhancements including concerts after play on Friday and Saturday of tournament week as well as local favorite restaurants Swenson’s and Strickland’s serving food this year. Additionally, fans will receive happy hour prices during the Music After Play concert series Friday and Saturday with $5 Heineken USA beer options from 6-8 p.m. in the tournament’s Fan Zone.
Tickets to the Bridgestone Invitational can be purchased by visiting www.worldgolfchampionships.com or by calling (844) TOUR-465.
About the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational
The Bridgestone Invitational is one of four World Golf Championships sanctioned and organized by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour. The other World Golf Championships include the Accenture Match Play Championship, Cadillac Championship and the HSBC Champions.
The Bridgestone Invitational annually donates approximately $1 million to charities throughout Northeast Ohio. Over the years, professional golf at Firestone Country Club has donated more than $23 million to worthy causes in Northeast Ohio, including the Ronald McDonald Houses of Akron and Cleveland, Akron Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and The First Tee Chapters of Akron, Cleveland and Canton.
The Bridgestone Group (Bridgestone Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries including Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd. and Bridgestone Golf, Inc.) is the world’s largest manufacturer of tires and rubber products. Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, was established in 1931 and today, the Bridgestone Group has about 190 manufacturing plants and R&D facilities in 25 countries, selling products in over 150 markets worldwide. Tires accounted for approximately 85% of consolidated sales in 2013, with the remainder derived from a broad range of diversified products and services including industrial rubber and chemical products and golf equipment, bicycles and other sporting goods.
About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.