Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational encourages sustainable efforts throughout onsite event logistics
Innovative tournament striving to become the first fully GEO Certified® Tournament on the LPGA Tour
MIDLAND, Mich. (July 11, 2019) – As part of the inaugural event’s goal to become the first fully GEO Certified® Tournament on the LPGA Tour, the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (Dow GLBI) will be encouraging sustainable efforts throughout onsite event logistics.
Transportation and parking
General parking for the Dow GLBI, July 17-20, is located at Dow Diamond. Daily Parking Passes are $5 and Weekly Parking Passes are $15, with all proceeds going to the Michigan Baseball Foundation. Parking passes can be purchased onsite. Those with VIP Parking will be able to park at the Midland High School. Shuttles will be transporting spectators from General Parking and VIP Parking to the Midland Country Club. Shuttles begin operating 30 minutes before the Admission Gates open and finish 30 minutes after the end of play. The shuttle will sit at the Dow Diamond Outfield parking lot and the E. Buttles St. and Loons Rd. intersection. There will also be shuttles available that are handicap accessible at both parking locations.
Eat Great Food Festival Parking
Parking for the Eat Great Food Festival, July 14-15, is public street parking. Admission gates are located at the following downtown Midland intersections:
Ashman and Larkin
Ashman and Ann
Larkin and McDonald
Spectators are encouraged to minimize their environmental impact and limit the amount of emissions from cars by carpooling when coming to the event with family and friends. Spectators who prefer to be dropped off at the tournament are encouraged to do so at Dow Diamond and board a shuttle. Drop offs will not be permitted at Midland Country Club.
Spectators who live near Midland Country Club are encouraged to bike or walk to the tournament. There will be bike parking located at the west side of the clubhouse drive on St. Andrews Rd.
W St. Andrews Rd. will be closed to west bound traffic from Noeske to Midland Country Club, July 15-20. Additionally, from Midland Country Club to Noeske on the south side of the road, there will only be one-way traffic heading east bound.
The Midland Police Department plans to post and monitor temporary no parking areas in the immediate area sounding the club during the event week. All spectators are encouraged to use the parking lots and transportation options provided for the week of the event, walk or bike.
Passes must be displayed at all times. Cameras will be permitted on the grounds Monday and Tuesday, July 15 - 16, but not on competition days, July 17 – 20. Cell phones are permitted but should not be used as cameras during competitive play. Camp stools and folding chairs are permitted. All spectators and any items they carry may be subject to inspection by security and local law enforcement officials. For more information, please download the Dow GLBI app or visit www.DowGLBI.com.
Onsite at the event
Water stations will be placed throughout the golf course for spectators to hydrate during the tournament. The Dow GLBI reusable water pouches will be available at the concession stands for two dollars.
The Dow GLBI has established a 3-bin system on-course for all spectators and vendors to use throughout the tournament. The 3-bin system will consist of a trash bin, recycling bin and a compostable bin. All hospitality suites will have a 2 bin-system that will consist of a recycling bin and a compostable bin. All plates, cups and silverware provided at the Dow GLBI will be compostable.
Additionally, partners and vendors are doing their part in sourcing locally when they can as a way to limit the carbon footprint and provide positive economic impact to the Great Lakes Bay Region.
The Dow GLBI will also encourages spectators to team up and get involved by making a commitment while onsite at the tournament to do their best to help achieve the event’s sustainability goals. More information about all sustainability initiatives will be located at the event’s Welcome Center, located next to the Admission Gates. The event’s sustainability partners who are working to help the tournament become one of the most sustainable tournaments on the LPGA Tour, include:
Golf Environmental Organization
Schupan and Sons
Renue Physical Therapy
Safety and accessibility
The Dow GLBI has teamed up with Great Lakes Safety Training Center to ensure a safe event. All spectators are encouraged to:
Be aware of your surroundings – Landing Zone signs will be located throughout the course
Minimize using phones while walking
Download the Dow GLBI app for push notifications regarding weather and safety alerts
The Dow GLBI will be an inclusive event featuring handicap accessible parking, shuttles, and viewing areas as well as baby changing and lactation stations.
The Dow GLBI app is a spectator’s guide to everything they need to know about the inaugural tournament. Keeping with the efforts of the event’s sustainability initiative, the tournament developed the Dow GLBI app to help limit the event’s use of paper material.
Along with sustainability, the Dow GLBI app makes it easier for spectators to get live updates, access information instantly and plan out their schedule during the tournament and the Eat Great Food Festival. To download the app today, search Dow GLBI in the App Store or Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in the Google Play Store.
Tickets for the Dow GLBI start at $10, and admission for kids 17 and under is free with a ticketed adult. To purchase tickets, visit www.DowGLBI.com. To stay up-to-date on all team announcements and event information download the Dow GLBI app and join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/DowGLBI, www.twitter.com/DowGLBI, and www.instagram.com/dowglbi (@DowGLBI).