Zurich Classic will be played this year with fans in attendance

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AVONDALE, LA – APRIL 30: Play is suspensed due to inclement weather uring the final round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana on April 30, 2017 in Avondale, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS —PGA Tour golf is returning to New Orleans April 22-25, 2021 with as many as 10,000 fans per day in attendance and an innovative ticket option as unique as the tournament itself, announced Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

“Our event has been approved by the State of Louisiana and Jefferson Parish to be in conformance with the standards of the State’s OpenSafely guidelines,” said Worthy.

“After countless hours of internal planning and numerous meetings with local and state authorities, we have devised a plan to allow as many as 10,000 fans to spread responsibly across our 250-acre course with the highest priority given to the safety of spectators, volunteers, staff, and of course players,” he added.

After last year’s cancellation caused by the pandemic, the tournament this year will feature an innovative ticket option titled the Best of the Zurich Classic Pass.

The new Best of the Zurich Classic Pass is available to anyone. The ticket will afford access to four different exclusive food and beverage venues spread across the TPC of Louisiana course.

For safety reasons, there will be a limited number of Best of the Zurich Classic Passes sold, and each venue will have capacity limitations. Each venue will offer shaded open-air seating and dishes from some of New Orleans most famous restaurants, plus an open bar.

“With social distancing and proper safety protocols in place, we have a safe space for everyone to spread out and watch the best golfers in the world compete in our unique team play format” said Worthy.

Players will compete April 22-25 for a $7.4 million purse, with each member of the winning team taking home $1,069,300 and 400 FedEx Cup points.

The Zurich Classic is the only team tournament on the PGA TOUR season. Since launching the team format  in 2017, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has drawn some of the highest ranking fields for any regular-season tournament on the PGA TOUR.

About Fore!Kids Foundation:Since 1958, the Fore!Kids Foundation has raised money to fund children’s service organizations through golf events like the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, The Holiday Auction Fore!Kids and several charitable golf tournaments. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, Fore!Kids has helped to raise more than $40 million to date for children’s charities in metro New Orleans and Baton Rouge. More information at http://www.forekidsfoundation.com.

Despite the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, Zurich Insurance donated funds to the Fore!Kids Foundation to make $1.5 million in contributions to area non-profits, the same amount as the year before.

About the Zurich Classic of New Orleans: Televised in more than 224 countries and territories, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans generates a significant economic impact on the city of New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana. Independent research has shown that the tournament generates spending of more than $40 million within the local economy and garners $33 million in positive national and international media exposure for both the city and state throughout the year beyond the four days of competition.

The tournament will be played April 19-25, 2021 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. Purse for 2021 totals $7.8 million, with each member of the winning team earning $1,127,100.

Single-day grounds tickets are only $35. In addition to grounds tickets and the Best of the Zurich Classic Passes, other ticket packages are available at www.zurichgolfclassic.com.

{Courtesy: zurichgolfclassic.com}

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