Friday, February 3

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Field Trip Friday: Phoenix Open

Tent & Green Efforts at WMPO

This is what the fans will see when they first arrive down here at the TPC for Round 2 of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The Expo Tent is all about the merchandise. We check out the newest gear. We also speak with the "green squad" and Waste Management as 100-percent of the tournament waste is recycled. 
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New theme inside the Thunderbird Tent at WMPO 

Each year, the Thunderbirds deck out their private tent on hole #18 with a whole new theme. In years past it's been all about the cars, one year it was dedicated to the D-Backs. We reveal the new theme this year with assistant tournament chairman, Carlos Sugich. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with a mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports, and gifting local charities with grants and donations. 
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Loudest hole in golf is about to get louder

Hole #16 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open is new and improved with 500 additional general admission bleacher seats and 10 more VIP skyboxes. The loudest hole in golf is about to get louder as, at capacity, "the coliseum" will now hold 16,000 screaming, chanting fans. Last year, the hole was home to approx. 15,000 fans.
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Inside look at the expanded Bay Club and its $65-thousand-dollar ticket

We're sitting in the lap of luxury on hole #17 at the newly expanded Bay Club. What does the $65,000-dollar ticket buy you? A huge company packet, including seating that overlooks the 17th fairway and provides a fantastic view of the action on a very drivable par 4. As part of the Bay Club, participating companies have access to an upscale lounge area as well as a viewing platform overlooking the 10th fairway. For more information:

WMPO field of 132 players vie for $6.7 million purse

As much as the WMPO is the hottest party spot in Scottsdale, let's not forget about the very competitive sporting action going in golf. The field of 132 players are all vying for the $6.7-million-dollar purse, and the $1,206,000 first-place check and 500 FedEx cup points. Some of the hottest players to watch for include 
Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, J.B. Holmes, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and more.
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Golf ball water feature uses 44,000 recycled balls

It's all about the show out here, and they do it top-notch. One of those details is on the lake near hole #17. Waste Management designs and creates a giant floating logo that takes 44-thousand recycled golf balls, with a mission of sending that message of recycling. They collect the balls throughout the year from water hazards across the state, and then after the tournament is over, the balls will get donated to junior golfers throughout the Valley. 
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Thunderbirds gift money raised to local charities 

It's not just a giant party out here, the WMPO is a huge fundraiser for the Thunderbirds, with money raised going to Thunderbird charities, and staying right here in our community to support local nonprofits. Some of those organizations include, Chicanos por la Causa, Miracle League of AZ and Phoenix Children's Hospital. 
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WM Phoenix Open player perks include nostalgic haircuts

Near the new and improved TPC player locker room, golfers of the WM Phoenix Open will have the opportunity to sit down for a haircut with the feel of an old-time barber shop. V's Barbershop will be cutting hair throughout the week, with all the nostalgia of yesteryear, but with a modern twist. 
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Former ASU football player turns country singer & performs at BirdsNest

As we enjoy the sights and views from the Bay Club, we get serenaded by Country Singer Ryan Bexley. He's a former ASU football player, who's been playing guitar since the age of five. He performed at the BirdsNest last night, and joins us with his guitar. 
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El Rancho on Hole #12 brings the best margarita's and taco's in golf

There's a tex-mex atmosphere at the WMPO, happening on hole #12. El Rancho brings fans tacos, margarita's, cornhole games and more. If you can't afford the party on hole #16 or hole #17, this will be a hot spot for fans looking to enjoy golf's biggest party with all the flavor of the South. 
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Best days to watch golf at the WMPO 

Tee off your weekend with sunshine and golf at the WMPO, on this 2nd round. But what other days are the best days to attend? First, you should know that the WMPO is the best attended golf tournament in the world with a half a million fans in attendance. Saturday will bring you the best party atmosphere, and is always the busies and most vibrant day. Sunday, as many will be gearing up for the Super Bowl, is usually the best day for diehard fans to enjoy a competitive last round. 
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We talk free admission to military at Patriots Outpost and Birdies for the Brave 

We head over to the Patriots Outpost on hole #18 to learn how first responders, active, reserve, and retired military get in free for the 16th year in a row. We also talk Birdies for the Brave, a program founded Golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy in 2006 to support combat injured troops. We find out how The PGA TOUR has adopted and expanded this program. 
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Enjoy wine tasting at the wine lounge on hole #9 at the WMPO

You don't need to spend a ton of money at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to feel special. If you've got champagne taste but a beer budget, you've got to check out what's on hole #9. Discover Napa Valley in Scottsdale at the William Hill Estate Winery tent where you can sip wine and watch the world's best golf. 
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Monster Jam

Celebrating 25 years of car-crushing, dirt-flying action, the infamous 2,000 horsepower engines are revving up again and ready to roar full throttle back into Arizona as Monster Jam®, the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience for families on the planet, returns to Phoenix for another high-octane weekend event at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday, February 4th. 

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University of Phoenix Stadium
Address: 1 Cardinals Dr, Glendale, AZ 85305

Chocolate Affaire

The City of Glendale is host to the 22nd Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire. This event runs Friday 3rd through February 5th. 

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  • Friday, February 3, 6-10 p.m. 
  • Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 5, noon-5 p.m. 


  • Murphy Park
  • 58th and Glendale avenues
  • In the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale

Schnepfarms Peach Bloom Celebration

Celebrate the Peach Blossom at Schnepfarms. Enjoy the beauty of the farm while hundreds of trees are dotted with Pink and white blossoms. Go on guided hayrides, walking trails and train rides of these beautiful trees.

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  • Starts: February 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am
  • Ends: February 26, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

Schnepf Farms Park area & orchards, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

"Go Red for Women's" heart health this Friday

Friday is Go Red for Women Day. That's the day when women will come together to focus heart disease and learn ways they can adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer for women in the U.S. We talk to a survivor and preview Arizona's first Emergency Department dedicated solely to heart disease.

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Go Red For Women Day
7-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3
Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital (19th Street and Thomas Road)