The future of big events at Oak Tree National: Roads a leading concern for hosting large events

If the club wants to host an event like the U.S. Open — which could have 100,000 more fans over the course of a week — wider streets around the course could be necessary. Oak Tree co-owner Ed Dvans said the club has had conversations with officials about what it would take to do that.
by Scott Wright Published: July 13, 2014
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Traffic wasn’t a major issue for fans getting to and from Oak Tree National for the U.S. Senior Open.

But if the club wants to host an event like the U.S. Open — which could have 100,000 more fans over the course of a week — wider streets around the course could be necessary. In fact, it was the only significant concern that the USGA has expressed to Oak Tree representatives during the week.


“We’re going to get about 140,000 people this week,” Oak Tree National co-owner Ed Evans said prior to Sunday’s final round. “For a U.S. Open, it’s probably closer to 250,000. Can we handle that ingress and egress? I think we can.

“We’ve had conversations with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, along with the county and city of Edmond. We know what it would take to do that, and we’d have plenty of time to make the improvements that are necessary.”

With the majority of fan parking located off Waterloo Road, it might seem natural to widen it to four lanes from the course to Interstate 35, which is about four miles.

But Waterloo isn’t entirely within Edmond city limits or Oklahoma County, and includes a half-mile stretch that is unannexed property. So it would take multiple groups working together to make that happen.

The easier solution might be a plan that’s already in the works in Edmond. The idea is to build a four-lane parkway along Covell Road, an east-west road one mile south of Oak Tree National’s property, from Kelly Avenue to I-35.


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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