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The BMW Championship could bring 130,000 spectators to Wilmington. Here’s what to know whether you’re attending or just in town August 16-21.
The BMW Championship is the first PGA Tour event to come to the First State. Along with the top 70 pro golfers is coming a surge of spectators and fans. Last year’s BMW Championship had an estimated 130,000 spectators in attendance over the four-day period. Many Wilmington hotels have had the week of the event booked out for months, and local businesses and people are preparing for the surge of tourist traffic. This guide on everything from parking and transportation to event rules and FAQs will give locals and spectators an idea of what to expect.
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Spectator Parking & Transportation
There is no spectator parking at the Wilmington Country Club, meaning many surrounding parking lots will be filled with golf fans shuttling to and from the event. The following parking lots are designated event parking lots:
General Parking (G-Lot): Delaware Park Race Track (777 Delaware Park Boulevard)
Upgraded General Parking (L-Lot): 1010 East Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford P.A.
BMW Owners’ Parking (O-Lot): 3 Beaver Valley Road
Hospitality Parking (H-Lot): Brandywine Town Center (3300 Brandywine Parkway)
Shuttles will transport spectators between these lots and the front gate. These lots are all booked online in advance while purchasing tickets. You can find a full map of parking lots here.
Rideshare/Taxi: There will be a designated rideshare pick-up/drop-off point at 4901 Kennett Pike. This is about an eight-minute walk to the tournament. If you’re coming into Wilmington by train, you will likely need to get a taxi/rideshare from the nearest station (the Joseph R. Biden Railroad Station).
Bus: The Wilmington Country Club can be reached on public bus route 052. Get off at Kennett Pike @ Wilm Country CLB stop.
The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science will be closed for the duration of the event, and is offering its parking lot as alternative parking. A five-day pass will allow you to park from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from August 17-21. The pass can be purchased here. The parking lot is a 15-minute walk from the Country Club, or a three-minute ride via taxi or another rideshare app.
Schedule of Events
Monday, August 15: The Wilmington Country Club will be closed in preparation for the tournament.
Tuesday, August 16 7 a.m.-6 p.m.: Professional practice rounds
Wednesday, August 17, 7 a.m.: Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am
Thursday, August 18, 9:35 a.m.: Round 1 Competition
Friday, August 19, 9:35 a.m.: Round 2 Competition
Saturday, August 20, 8 a.m.: Round 3 Competition
Sunday, August 21, 8 a.m.: Final Round Competition
New Castle County Small Business Discount Program
To help small businesses in the region benefit from the event, the city, county and chamber of commerce partnered to create a discount program. Anyone who presents a BMW Championship ticket will receive a special discount at participating businesses throughout the area. The program will be promoted via QR code throughout the event. You can access the map of businesses here.
You can find more information on the BMW Championship, things to do, accommodations and more here.