Thursday, July 27, 2017

Highlights From The Disc Golf Experience At Nissan Stadium - Were You There?

Saturday, July 15th was quite possibly one of the most exciting days ever for many people across the country. Those who were lucky enough to purchase tickets to play disc golf on the field at Nissan Stadium were in for quite a treat, as the Dynamic Discs team spent countless hours preparing and planning a world class event.

Despite their best efforts, Mother Nature had other plans in store once again for the Kansas crew, and the morning started off with thunder and lightning. Wanting to make sure everyone’s safety was the priority, tee times were shifted to accommodate incoming players, and by mid-morning, the skies cleared for an enjoyable rest of the day.

What Made It Special?

Unlike past events at AT&T Park in Texas, the Nissan Stadium brought a few unique elements to the experience, including the use of their full PA system. “It was pretty cool to hear people’s names called out, where I bet 8 or 10 blocks away from the stadium people were hearing [it],” said Doug Bjerkaas, DD Events Coordinator.

Doug and his team spent a lot of time planning out each of the 9 holes on the field and even had a special Disc Golf Experience wrap gracing the top of each of the Patriot baskets. Many of the Dynamic Discs sponsored players were in attendance as well, including Paige Pierce, Eric Oakley, Tina Stanaitis, Eric McCabe, Zach Melton, and more. Individuals who purchased the VIP package were thrilled to have one of the pro players accompany them during their experience and play each of the 9 holes with them!

The fun didn’t stop there, as the VIP players also got to throw from the very top of the stadium for their chance to take home a Patriot basket. Who was the lucky winner with his CTP throw? None other than Terry “The Disc Golf Guy” Miller! The day also saw two hole in ones, both executed by DD Team Manager Robert McCall.

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Fun For Everyone

The initial numbers show that about 300 people came to Nissan Stadium to play disc golf in an arena that’s not usually available to our sport. This setting also seemed to make our sport accessible for a larger set of demographics as Bjerkaas describes: “There were kids that were 6 and 7 years old playing; the age range was pretty impressive with men and women alike.”

There’s talk of another stadium experience next year, although the location and type of venue is still up in the air. The Nissan Stadium brought a great outdoor feel to the event, although this aspect did limit playability both due to weather conditions and keeping daylight in mind.

Participants this year came from as far as California and Pennsylvania, and all in all about 20 states were represented. Stay tuned to our blog and make sure you don’t miss the next time we hold this incredible event!

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