The needler in the haystack.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Barclays Tournament snubs Plainfield participation?

Muhlenberg's Park Avenue lot at 8 AM, August 22, 2011.
Bus to shuttle visitors to Barclays at PCC is in left foreground.

The same view on August 25, 2015. The lot is not being used
for Barclays parking this go-round. The line of cars in the
distance is in the lot across Park Avenue.

Have the organizers of the 2015 Barclays Tournament snubbed Plainfield?

The event, hosted this year by the Plainfield County Club, is in warmups and gets under way seriously on Thursday. Already yesterday, though, Park Avenue traffic was bumper-to-bumper from St. Mark's Church on southward, and proceeding at a snail's pace.

During the 2011 Barclays, also at the Plainfield County Club, the closed Muhlenberg Hospital's lots were used as parking for the event, with full-size buses shuttling attendees the mile or so to the venue.

This time around, not a sign of parking being used in Plainfield. The organizers have staked out areas in other not-so-near towns (see Ledger story here), with shuttles to the PCC.

Parking is broken down into categories: VIP, volunteers and general public. The estimated economic impact for the area is expected to be in excess of $20 million. Some of that is from concessions and tchotchkes at the venue itself. Some is parking revenue. And some is from visitors fressing at area eateries and watering holes.

The likelihood of any of this spilling over to Plainfield is practically nil without any parking opportunities here.

Eat your hearts out, Plainfield merchants!

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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