Honda Classic prepares for record crowds, packed parking

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The decision by Tiger Woods to play at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens has created what is expected to be record interest from fans.

All those golf devotees cramming into one course will not make it easy on organizers.

Tournament directors at the Honda Classic report ticket sales were already up 35% before the Tiger's commitment.

But after Woods made his decision, directors said interest skyrocketed, putting workers into overdrive as they prepared the course for the crowds.

"Yeah when it starts, the crowds are going to be huge. 100,000 people expected over four or five days," said Brendan Keoghu, a spectator.

All those thousands of people enjoying the outdoors, the golf and Woods will all need somewhere to park.

"It's packed already, it really is. I leave the car where it is and just walk over," said Bob Careloi, a spectator.

Honda Classic tournament directors said since Woods committed to playing, they've had to reevaluate their plans.

The tournament has secured more parking lots, increased bus shuttling and beefed up security substantially.

"Certainly with the increased number of people coming out to the tournament, we're seeing a lot of people who have never come here before. So we're getting a lot of questions about where do we park?" said Ed McEnroe, Honda Classic tournament director.

McEnroe said there are a couple different spot to park. Valet parking is available with a special pass. There is a preferred and volunteer parking lot near PGA Boulevard and Jog Road. The main lot is located at Dyer Park near Haverhill Road.

Parking there costs $10 unless a person drives a Honda, then parking is free.

The Palm Beach Gardens police department said it will not being doing anything different this year despite the increased interest and crowds.

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