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Preparations Underway for U.S. Open in San Diego

San Diego City Council accepted a report on preparations for the U.S Open to be held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in June. The Golfing Championship promises to be as big a sporting event for San Diego

Preparations Underway for U.S. Open in San Diego

San Diego City Council accepted a report on preparations for the U.S Open to be held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in June. The Golfing Championship promises to be as big a sporting event for San Diego as the Super Bowl. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Torrey Pines is the first city-owned golf course to host the U.S. Open in the event's 108 year history. Event organizer, Mike Antolini says more than 2,000 reporters from 150 countries will cover the event. He says it will put San Diego in the spotlight internationally.

Antolini: We really think this is going to be a “destination open,” and people who come whether they are spectators, vendors, volunteers, they are going to come to the US Open but they're going to come back because they see how great San Diego is.

About 50,000 people are expected to attend the U.S Open each day, and it is a seven day event. That's compared to 80,000 who attend the one-day of the Super Bowl.

The Del Mar Fair will start late to avoid compounding traffic problems caused by the Golf Tournament. Parking will be at Qualcomm Stadium, and 200 shuttle buses will run continuously from the Stadium to Torrey Pines. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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