Marla Tellez reports live in San Francisco on the do's and don'ts for spectators at the U.S. Open
The United States Golf Association and San Francisco police have rolled out a long list of rules and security measures for the 2012 U.S. Open Championship at the Olympic Club.
The U.S. Open runs from Monday to June 17.
WHERE TO PARK:
> All general spectators traveling by car to The Olympic Club at 599 Skyline Boulevard in San Francisco should park at Candlestick Park, located just off US-101, by following event signage to general spectator parking. To access Candlestick Park, all spectators will be directed onto Hunters Point Expressway and Gilman Avenue. The USGA will operate approximately 125 shuttle buses from Candlestick Park. The shuttles will run continuously from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day and will drop off spectators in close proximity to the Main Admission Gate. Shuttle transportation from Candlestick Park should take approximately 25 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
> BART will also serve as a quick and convenient way to travel to the U.S. Open Championship. Spectators will be instructed to take BART's Pittsburg/Bay Point-SFO (Yellow) line or the Richmond-Millbrae (Red) line to the Colma Station. BART riders taking a different line are advised to transfer to the Yellow or Red line at the Balboa Park Station. The USGA will provide shuttle service to and from the Colma Station and the Main Admission Gate. There will be no event parking at the Colma Station or SamTran's Park 'n Ride. Regular BART fares apply.
> All spectators should allow extra time as they will be required to pass through a screening process before boarding shuttles at either location. There will be metal detection screening, similar to airport security.
After passing through the screening process, spectators will board shuttles for The Olympic Club. Once arriving, spectators must present a valid ticket or credential to enter the championship grounds. All U.S. Open tickets and credentials have a unique bar code that will be scanned at the admission gate.
Guests utilizing alternative forms of transportation or coming to the U.S. Open from other parking locations will be required to go through an on-site security screening checkpoint prior to entering the championship grounds, with procedures identical to those at the spectator parking areas.
"Our security measures for the U.S. Open represent the collaborative efforts of local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies," said Dan Hoban, the USGA's director of security. "With cooperation from championship attendees, we anticipate that these screening measures will add minimally to the time required to enter the championship grounds."
LIST OF PROHIBITED ITEMS:
No cell phones (including cell phones with photographic capabilities)
No PDAs and/or other portable email devices
No noise producing ellectronic devices (including MP3 Players)
No cameras and/or camcorders (other than Monday to Wednesday for personal non-commercial photographic use only and without their cases)
No bags larger than 8"W x 8"H x 8"D in their natural state
No cases and/or covers (such as chair or umbrella covers)
No signs, posters and/or banners
No televisions and/or radios unless provided by the USGA
No food and/or beverages
No containers and/or coolers
No pets (other than service animals)
No lawn and/or folding armchairs
No ladders and/or step stools
No metal-spiked golf shoes
No weapons (regardless of permit, including but not limited to, firearms or knives).
No other items deemed unlawful or dangerous by the USGA and/or Championship Security Personnel in their sole discretion
For more information on the 2012 U.S. Open and for regular championship updates visit www.usopen.com.