Opening night at the Phoenix Open's Bird's Nest

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Thousands came out for opening night at the Bird's Nest. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Thousands came out for opening night at the Bird's Nest. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Attendees came out for the music and to have a good time. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Attendees came out for the music and to have a good time. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The party at the Waste Management Phoenix Open might begin during the day out on the greens in the sun, but at night, the party has been rockin' for 30 years at the Bird's Nest.

Wednesday was opening night.

"As the tournament was ending, they noticed more people were coming in than going out, so they knew they had a good party on their hands," said tournament chairman Andy Markham.

That party starts at 3:30 p.m. every day and goes through the night.

Scottsdale fire and police are on scene to keep everyone safe.

"We've got over 20,000 people coming here tonight who have been drinking already. We have teams of paramedic throughout and if something happens and someone needs us, we can get to them within 30 seconds to two minutes," said Capt. Dave Folio with the Scottsdale Fire Department. 

"We kick off a DUI task force that starts tonight and goes through Saturday," said Ben Hoster with the Scottsdale Police Department.

Those who attend the Bird's Nest hope to have a good time while listening to great music.

"Just having a little fun and wanting to see Jake Owens and Chase Rice," said Sheena Hickey, a Bird's Nest attendee.

"The people here are so fun. You meet new people, see others you haven't seen in years. The music is amazing. The drinks are awesome," said Shannon Thompson, a Bird's Nest attendee.

"Pretty intense, a lot of people as you can see. Everyone's out trying to have a good time," said Brandon Hofmestier, a Bird's Nest attendee.

"Imagine the best concert you've ever been to with the best eye candy for guys and girls alike," said Karin Hauser, a Bird's Nest attendee.

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