|FRYS.COM OPEN TO ALLOW FANS TO CARRY AND USE MOBILE DEVICES AT 2010 TOURNAMENT AS PART OF PGA TOUR TEST|
Frys.com Open Tournament Director Ian Knight and the PGA TOUR announced today that the 2010 Frys.com Open would participate in the PGA TOUR's mobile device testing, which would allow fans to carry mobile devices and use them in select areas on the golf course. The testing is being conducted to gauge the potential for mobile devices to be integrated into PGA TOUR events to enhance the overall fan experience. The Frys.com Open is scheduled to be played at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., October 11-17.
"We understand that mobile devices have become a part of everyday life," said Rick George, PGA TOUR chief of operations. "There is a balance we are looking to achieve between maintaining the integrity of the competition and allowing spectators to utilize their mobile devices in various capacities. We anticipate our fans will be respectful of the policy, and we thank the Frys.com Open for its willingness to help with the testing process."
In August of 2010, The Wyndham Championship conducted a similar test, allowing spectators to carry mobile devices on the golf course with the volume setting on silent or vibrate. Phone calls can be made or received in designated areas throughout the golf course, primarily concession stands. Fans will be allowed to receive and send digital messages and check data on the golf course.
No video recording is permitted at any time during the week, and no photography will be permitted during official competition rounds, beginning on Thursday, Oct. 14.
"The Frys.com Open is played in the technology center of the world -- Silicon Valley," said Ian Knight, Frys.com Open tournament director. "Fry's Electronics, the tournament staff and our volunteers are excited to be selected as the first PGA TOUR event on the West Coast to allow mobile devices into the tournament. This will allow our fans to stay connected with their friends and family and enable them to keep updated on all the exciting action. It's all about helping our fans get even more enjoyment from our event."