Ryder Cup attendees must cope with inconveniences - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ryder Cup attendees must cope with inconveniences

The lucky few people who actually scored tickets to next week's Ryder Cup at Valhalla will face a few inconveniences.

Between 40-50,000 people will be at Valhalla each of the six days of the Ryder Cub activities.  And all of them will have to leave behind their cell phones.

Louisville police are no stranger to big crowds -- Derby and Thunder each year, plus three previous tournaments at Valhalla.  For the Ryder Cup, 500 metro police officers will be on duty each day.

Police Chief Robert White says, "While we certainly want our guests and residents to have a fun and enjoyable time, as a public safety agency our primary concern is for their safety."

The PGA and police urge spectators to board buses, either at the Fairgrounds or the downtown Convention Center for the 30-minute, 19-mile ride to Valhalla.

Parking at the Fairgounds is free, as are the shuttle buses.  People will have to pass through security checkpoints before boarding the buses.

Capt. Jeff Sherrard of the Louisville Metro Police Dept. says, "At this point there are no road closures or any detours planned along these routes.  There's been some rumor and innuendo that we are going to detour traffic along Blankenbaker and further out U.S. 60, that is not true."

No cell phones will allowed at the course, so they will be confiscated before boarding the buses.  Cameras are only allowed on the three practice days.

Police plan to keep Shelbyville Road open to traffic for residents who live in the area.  But the PGA strongly discourages fans from walking to the event, and there are no dropoff or pickup sites along U.S. 60 or in or around Valhalla.

Tara Guenthner, PGA Tournament Director, explains, "If our vendor gate is completely closed and we choose to shuttle our vendors into the event, pedestrians will be turned away to go back to their cars to either KEC or KICC."

The 11-day celebration of the Ryder Cup kicked off Thursday.

You can find a list of all the events at the above News Link.

Fox 41 will be covering all the action of this international event.  Join us for "Fox 41, Live at the Ryder Cup" all next week at 7:30 p.m.

We'll have all the action from Valhalla, show you what's happening behind the scenes, and give you access to VIP areas.

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