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Parking for PGA Championship involves bus travel

If you've taken a look at the PGA's parking plan, you'll notice that the public parking is nowhere near Valhalla. (Source: WAVE 3 News) If you've taken a look at the PGA's parking plan, you'll notice that the public parking is nowhere near Valhalla. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Brett Sterba (Source: WAVE 3 News) Brett Sterba (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In less than a week, we'll know who made the final field list to play in the PGA Championship here in Louisville. The golfers tee off August 4-10, but if you want to be out there to see them play, there are some logistics you need to consider before you get there.

If you've taken a look at the PGA's parking plan, you'll notice that the public parking is nowhere near Valhalla. You'll need to park at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and Churchill Downs, some 20 miles away from the main event.

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Once a place for a leisurely round of golf, these days, Valhalla is a beehive of activity.

"Construction is on schedule," said Championship Director Brett Sterba. "The weather has been beautiful. It's great for the golf course. It's great for people who are working here."

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Sterba says anywhere from 200 to 400 people get to work each day to make sure it looks its best for August's PGA Championship. Literally you can see the signs around town, including the ones directing you where to park.

Sterba explained, "You can park at Churchill Downs, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. That's where all of our public parking is."

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Why so far? Sterba says that's where the spaces are available. "It’s on asphalt, first of all, which is most important. Regardless of whatever weather we have, we can park there," he said.

Heavy rain at the 2004 Senior PGA flooded a few cars and one WAVE 3 News live truck. Sterba says they're hoping to avoid a repeat.

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Buses will take you from Central Louisville to Valhalla. "If you want to get here when the gates open at 7 a.m., that bus, the first bus is leaving Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and Churchill Downs at 6:30 in the morning."

Sterba says there will be plenty of shuttles running, starting 30 minutes before gates open.

"I think we do have a couple school buses that we have to fill because we literally could not get any more buses in this area," he said. "We are tapped out in this region."

All of it is to make sure the 250,000 people expected throughout Championship week have an experience that's up to par.

For people who felt like the trip to the UofL area was too far to travel, the PGA did open up 3,500 grass spaces in the Parklands of Floyd's Fork Distillery Bend. That lot sold out in less than two weeks.

To view a map of public parking lot and routes for the PGA Championship, click here. For information on shuttles, click here

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