U.S. Open at Merion Ticket Prices Have Skyrocketed to Double or Even Triple the Original Face Value #RoadtoMerion

Over the past decade or so, ticket prices for many sporting events have plummeted.  The sluggish economy coupled with the advent of HD television have people staying home far more often to watch with their feet up on the sofa, rather than trekking across the country or even across town to first hand witness some sporting action (the beers are a lot cheaper at home too).  As for the 113th playing of the U.S. Open at Merion, this is totally not the case.

The historic, iconic and legendary Merion course, the high potential for a Tiger Woods win, the East coast location near multiple major cities and more have this as one of the hottest tickets in recent golf history (Masters excluded of course).

According to a report from Philly.com, ticket prices have skyrocketed to double or even triple the face value, as the event is sold out.  The main reason for the sellout is that with Merion being such a small ballpark- under 7,000 yards and with so many holes paralleling and in close proximity to one another, there’s just not room for a plethora of spectators.  In fact, the max number of tickets sold by the USGA was restricted to just 25,000 per day, which is half the number that strolled the rolling hills of Olympic Golf Club at last year’s Open.  Now that’s a self-directed financial hit right in the shorts by the game’s governing body.

Face value of U.S. Open tickets are between $110-$125, but have jumped to anywhere from $275-$350, depending on which day you plan to attend.  For those wondering, tickets for the ’11 Open at Congressional when Rory McIlroy annihilated the soggy track were $84, with last year’s at just $71.

Merion is the type of all-time venue that will forever be etched into golf’s history.  Even with the relatively short course and the logistical challenges of such a small overall venue, it’s great to see the USGA bringing its pinnacle event back to these infamous tracks.  I know I’m not alone when I say that I can’t wait for the action to start.


Joel Harrington


  1. John H. says:

    Would you say there is a plethora?

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