If you’re into cool cars or are a fan of golf, the East Valley’s two biggest events are back. Both Barrett-Jackson and the Waste Management Phoenix Open take place in North Scottsdale within the next two weeks. If you live in Ahwatukee, you’re a 45-minutes drive away. Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, or Mesa residents, plan on about 30 minutes. Here’s everything you need to know about these two events.
7400 E Monte Cristo Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Shift into drive and don’t miss the world’s greatest collector car auction—Barrett-Jackson.
Here, you’ll be able to watch, and bid on, some of the most beautiful classic and custom cars. Prices of these cars start in the thousands, but some can escalate to more than a million. January 23 and 24 are preview days for bidders, but Barrett-Jackson really hits full throttle on Monday, January 25. Hours of the auction vary, and tickets are about $20 a day. If you’re a car aficionado, you can buy a whole event pass for about $175. Make sure to go online and check out the schedule so you can view the daily breakdown of events.
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The Waste Management Phoenix Open
At the TPC of Scottsdale
February 1-7 (Actual Tournament 4-7)
17020 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
There’s a reason the Waste Management Phoenix Open is called the “Greatest show on grass.” This is one of the biggest attended tournaments on the PGA Tour, with its famous 16th hole being the craziest and rowdiest golf experience ever (or so my son tells me).
If you’re not a true golf enthusiast, Saturday is known as the party day, and last year almost 200,000 people attended. Another part of the party is the Cools Light Bird’s Nest, which is like the tournaments after-part. This year’s headliners include The Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, and Robin Thicke.
As for the golf itself, Monday and Tuesday are the player’s practice rounds, which is open to the public. Wednesday is the ProAM, and features sports figures and celebrity players such as Randy Johnson, Emmitt Smith, Julius Erving, Bruce Arians, and Jake Own. The actual tournament starts on Thursday, with the final champion being crowned on Sunday. Tickets start at $25 a day, but tent and VIP tickets can be upwards of $200-$300. If you live in the East Valley and haven’t been yet, you have to go at least once.
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