2010 Minnesota Golf show attendance up 15 percent

Not too shabby.

The combination of cars and the Convention Center meant more people packing into the Golf Show this year.

Nearly 11,000 paid and promotional ticket holders entered the Minnesota Golf Show March 12-14, according to Meet Minneapolis’ Mike Neagle. Friday and Sunday attendance was up 15 percent from 2009, he said.

Peasey takin' it eeeeeeeee-z

Before the event, there was some question as to how the move from the Metrodome would affect attendance. However, the fact that the Car Show coincided with the Golf Show meant an uptick in tickets.

“We had overwhelming, positive feedback from golf show vendors and visitors about the ease of moving in and out of the facility as well as the simplicity of parking and accessing the convention center,” he said.

Neagle said the Convention Center’s more “intimate” digs made it easier to navigate for patrons and vendors alike. It also allowed John Q. Muni from Fridley and Brainerd to hit downtown, while getting, essentially, two big shows in one weekend.

Ironically, the first 70-degree day of the year on Sunday of the Show hurt attendance, Neagle said.

Nonetheless, Neagle said the Golf Show will go on.

Hitting bays on east side of convention center - pretty well populated on Friday

“We look forward to making another big stride [in 2011] … attempting to take this golf show to a level it has not seen before!”

Gotta love the enthusiasm.

Moral of the story? Never underestimate golf-starved Minnesotans. Maybe next year they can somehow hold it outside in a nod to Target Field? ? Wouldn’t that be something? Target Field.

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