Officials explain how to navigate the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open

Officials explain how to navigate the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open safely

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ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- Officials expect this year's DICK'S Sporting Goods Open crowds to be record-high. 

With any large event like this, there can be safety concerns and traffic nightmares. 

Tournament Director, John Karedes said, "It is going to be one of the safest and best events that our area has ever seen."

Endicott police said they've stepped up security. 

"With this size crowd coming in that's expected, the biggest event in Broome County history, it was time for us to increase our security measures," said Patrick Garey, Endicott Police Chief. 

There will be metal detectors, security checkpoints and several items will not be allowed in.

Items that are permitted and prohibited can be viewed below:

With record-high crowds expected this year, traffic is also a concern.

Michael Ponticiello, Broome County Director of Emergency Services said, "We are certainly expecting heavier than normal traffic throughout the Endicott area and we've been planning for that. Particularly on Friday we're expecting our heaviest traffic with the concert."

Next Friday, industrial park boulevard will be closed. Starting at noon, sections of Main Street will be blocked off. At 2 p.m., Main Street from Nanticoke Avenue to Grippen Avenue will have two lanes of traffic westbound and no eastbound traffic. 

Organizers say that to help traffic flow, people should arrive early and prepare to stay late.

"Get here early because you're going to be dealing with a lot of traffic, its hard to put 10,000 cars down main street in Endicott." said David Pessagno, Marketing and Promotions Manager. 

If you bought tickets from Ticketmaster, organizers say you should check which parking lot you're supposed to park at-ahead of time. To avoid even more traffic buildup.

Overall, those planning just want everyone to enjoy watching golf and the entertainment. 

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