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Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 5:24 pm | Updated: 12:56 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The FBR Open kicks off on Wednesday. Here's what you need to know:

FBR Open: Nights all about the music

PDF: FBR Open tee times

SCHEDULE

Wednesday

8:30 a.m.: FBR/Xerox Silver Pro-Am, TPC Stadium Course

10 a.m.: Honeywell Pro-Am, Grayhawk Golf Club (Raptor)

3:30 p.m.: Shot At Glory - 16th Hole TPC Stadium Course

3:30 p.m.: Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens; featuring Duck Soup at 6 p.m. and Zowie Bowie at 8 p.m.

Thursday

7:40 a.m.: FBR Open 1st round

3:30 p.m.: Birds Nest opens; Duck Soup at 6 p.m. and O.A.R. at 8 p.m.

Friday

7:40 a.m.: FBR Open 2nd round

3:30 p.m.: Birds Nest opens; Static at 6 p.m. and MetalHead at 8 p.m.

Saturday

Tee Times TBA: FBR Open 3rd round

3:30 p.m.: Birds Nest opens; The Chadwicks at 6 p.m. and The Boogie Knights at 8 p.m.

Sunday

Tee Times TBA: FBR Open 4th round

TICKETS

Daily general admission tickets can be purchased at the course entrance during the tournament or by logging on to www. ticketmaster.comor www.fbropen.com. On Sunday, anyone wearing Arizona Cardinals gear will be given free admission. Also Sunday, $5 discounts are available to AAA Arizona members.

PARKING

There is free public parking (with shuttle access to the tournament gates).

From the west, public parking is at Loop 101 and Hayden Road. Officials recommend that eastbound Loop 101 drivers exit at Hayden Road, and drive south into the parking lot.

From the east, parking is at WestWorld. Officials recommend that drivers exit Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, drive north to Bell Road, turn east to 94th Street, and south into the parking lot entrance.

The free shuttles will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

GOLF ETIQUETTE

Stay quiet and stand still when players are about to hit the ball. Booing is inappropriate at any time. For your own safety, follow directions of tournament marshals. Spectators will be removed immediately without warning for refusal to obey quiet signs or signals; distracting or embarrassing a player; making rude, vulgar or other inappropriate comments or gestures toward a player; cheering or booing at inappropriate times.

WHAT TO BRING

Sunscreen, hat, comfortable shoes, binoculars and a blanket to sit on.

WHAT NOT TO BRING

Officials ask that you do not bring the following items: weapons, cell phones, pagers, purses or other containers larger than 6-by-6-by-6, cameras, beverages (except sealed bottled water and special drinks, such as baby formula), and food items unless pre-prepared in clear bags and carried by hand in a plastic grocery-style bag (sliced fruit will be allowed).

WHAT IF I NEED TO MAKE A PHONE CALL?

Cox Communications will be providing free telephone calls at their Digital Telephone Kiosks throughout the TPC and in the Sky Boxe

HAVE A PLAN

There are basically two ways to watch a golf tournament. "Parade style," where you pick a spot and watch the field pass by, or "cross-country style," where you follow a particular player or group around the course. Arrive early to reserve a spot, especially if you plan on watching the tournament "parade style." On Thursday and Friday, groups are simultaneously started on the first and 10th tees. Most people watch the action on the back nine, which could give you the opportunity to get a better view of the players on the front nine.

AUTOGRAPHS

Players are more receptive to requests for autographs after they have completed their rounds, so don't interrupt them before or during their rounds. A good place to catch them is at the practice area, as most players will return there after finishing their rounds.

FOOD/DRINKS/SOUVENIRS

Concession stands are located throughout the tournament grounds. For lunch or dinner, visit the Fry's Food Court. Souvenirs are available at the TPC merchandise tents, near the first tee and at the main entrance.

21 OR OVER? JOIN THE BANDED

Patrons of legal drinking age will be required to wear an age-verifying wrist band in order to be served any alcoholic beverages at the tournament. There will be numerous wrist-banding stations located in tournament parking lots, near the main tournament entrance, and other areas on the tournament grounds.

WHERE'S THE PARTY?

The Birds' Nest opens at 3:30 p.m. daily and is located just north of the corner of 82nd Street and Bell Road, about 500 yards from the main tournament entrance and less than a half-mile from the 18th green. Daily tickets are $25, VIP tickets are $175. The bands hit the main stage at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly through Saturday.

WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday: Sunny, high 70; Friday: Sunny, high 75; Saturday: Sunny; high 76; Sunday: Mostly sunny, high 75

IF I STAY HOME ...

The FBR Open will be telecast on The Golf Channel Thursday and Friday and on CBS Saturday and Sunday.

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