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Deere Classic Hikes Price of Tickets & VIP Parking

Michelle O'Neill

  The countdown has officially begun for the John Deere Classic, which will be held the first full week of next month. Monday morning, the tournament hosted media day for reporters, photographers, and others to learn about what's new this year.

Tournament Director, Clair Peterson, says for the first time in ten years, ticket prices have gone up. Advanced tickets for one day will cost $25, one dollar more than than last year.
  Serving his thirteenth year as director, Peterson says he doesn't think local residents fully understand the business and cash the classic brings to the Quad Cities.

All the suppliers, vendors, players, caddies, they spend money at local restaurants, hotels, and gas stations. Without the tournament that $25 million impact wouldn't exist.

Last year, nearly 500 non-profits received 6.3 million dollars through the Birdies for Charity program. And 1,500 volunteers work before, during, and after the classic. It's sixth year of a seven-year title sponsorship deal between Deere and Company and the PGA Tour.

Tournament week starts on July sixth at TPC Deere Run in Silvis. 156 players will compete in the 2015 John Deere Classic, for a purse of $4.7 million.

Officially, Michelle's title for 28 years was WVIK News Editor. She did everything there is to do in the newsroom and whatever was needed around the radio station. She also served as Acting News Director from September 2023 - January 2024.
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