3M Open… To All
By Jim McNaney
The return of summer in 2021 means the return of some of the Twin Cities favorite pastimes.
The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions around the state by Governor Walz means some of our favorite summer events are back in full force.
The St. Paul Saints and Minnesota United have welcomed full crowds. The Twins are working towards 100% capacity. Even the Basilica Block Party is back on after a pandemic hiatus.
Calling itself the “Minnesota Event of the Summer,” the PGA TOUR’s 3M Open is also back welcoming fans on site. Taking place July 19th through the 25th, TPC Twin Cities in Blaine will again open its gates to the golfing public to watch the best in the game today.
The PGA TOUR led the way through all the different vases of the pandemic. They were of the first professional sports entities to restart its schedule and even created made-for-TV events to get live sports back in front of fans. They were also the first in U.S. professional sports to welcome back fans, even on a limited basis.
The scenes at this year’s U.S. Open at Kiawah Island proved that fans were definitely a missing component to the excitement the PGA TOUR offers week in and week out.
This year marks the 3rd edition of the 3M Open. If the first two years are any indication, year three will bring the type of excitement we’ve all been waiting a very long time for.
Beginning in May, Hospitality and Grounds tickets went on sale to the public.
“We are excited to have fans back at Minnesota’s only PGA TOUR event and a golf tournament that does so much for the community via the 3M Open Fund,” said Mike Welch, 3M Open Tournament Director. “We expect a strong field and a robust schedule of events during the week that fans will get the chance to enjoy.”
Given that the title sponsor is 3M (with its unique scientific expertise), along with consultation with the City of Blaine, Anoka County and the PGA TOUR, it seems a given that a robust safety protocol will be in place.
Many options are available for purchase through Ticketmaster or at 3mopen.com/spectators/tickets to attend the tournament.
Fan Pass – (Grounds Ticket) $65 this includes access to the course along with access to Fan Village and the 3M Science Hub.
Compass Pass – $100 this includes admission to the course, three (3) Anheuser-Busch products and a Hamburger with Chips.
19th Hole – $150 Climate-controlled venue on the 18th Green with premium food options available for purchase.
Arnie’s Cabin – $400 Climate-controlled venue on the 18th Green includes premium food and drink
Daily Parking: $10 per day through Ticketmaster. Parking will be at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Thanks to the folks at Cub Foods, children 15 years of age or younger will be admitted free with the purchase of the Fan Pass.
The return of fans also brings with it a more robust return of charities to the 3M. Early in March, tournament organizers announced the return of NFL Tight End Kyle Rudolph as the tournament ambassador for 2021.
“I’m thrilled to continue on as the 3M Open ambassador,” said Rudolph. “Even though I’ll be wearing a different jersey next season, my heart and my home is still in Minnesota and with this community. I’m proud of the work we have accomplished together and look forward to doing even more in 2021.”
In the two years since the tournament’s inception, the 3M Open has raised over $3 million for local charities.
“This was a no-brainer for us,” said Mike Welch, the 3M Open tournament director. “Kyle’s passion for the Minnesota community is a natural fit with the values of the 3M Open. We’re excited to continue our work together by using sports as a platform to improve lives right here in Minnesota.”
Dubbed “Golf That Matters,” organizers and sponsors are committed to giving back to the community through the 3M Open Fund.
For 2021, seven major charity partners benefit from the efforts of tournament and the 3M Open Fund. M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Greater Twin Cities United Way, VEAP, Urban Ventures, YWCA Minneapolis, YWCA St. Paul and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
While the 3M Open may be one of Minnesota’s newest “pastimes,” it has quickly staked its claim as one of the Twin Cities most anticipated summer events. In 2021, no one takes anything for granted anymore.
For more information on tickets, sponsorships and competitors, visit 3Mopen.com