Seven levels of weekly grounds badges have been set up for gaining admission to the Greenbrier Classic, scheduled for July 26-Aug. 1 at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs. They range from $49 to $5,000 and include different amenities.
All badges include access to practice rounds Monday through Wednesday that week and the tournament itself, which runs Thursday to Sunday on the Old White course, as well as admission to one or all of three concerts being staged at the new outdoor amphitheater at the State Fair grounds in nearby Fairlea.
Fans can also help their favorite schools or organizations raise money while purchasing admissions badges, but that program ends today. All badge levels detailed above are available in this program, and 30 percent of the proceeds from each purchase go to one of seven groups - the alumni associations of WVU, Marshall, UVa or Virginia Tech, or the WVU Children's Hospital, the WVU College of Business and Economics or the West Virginia Golf Foundation.
In addition, weekly parking permits at the State Fair grounds are available for $30, with complimentary daily shuttle service provided to the tournament main entrance. Parking is $10 per day otherwise. No drop-off or walk-up traffic is permitted at the tournament.
Badges may be purchased through Ticketmaster, Live Nation and Kroger stores and United Bank branches throughout the state. Purchases can also be made online at www.greenbrierclassic.com, at the Greenbrier Classic Official Tournament shop at the resort or by calling 1-800-453-4858.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.