Attendance high at 2011 U.S. Women’s Open

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The U.S. Women’s Open just missed its target goal in attendance to the seven-day event at The Broadmoor.

The final tally shows attendance at this year’s open at 130,485.

“We were trying to beat the record, which was set in 2005 and was 131,407 and we came in just shy of that,” said Becky Petro, 2011 U.S. Women’s Open marketing manager.

Attendance at this year’s open was higher than the 2008 U.S. Senior Open, also held at The Broadmoor, which saw attendance at 128,714.

“We are very pleased, considering that we had weather delays,” Petro said.

The golf championship attracted nearly every major player on the women’s golf tour and fans came in from just about every state. All those attendees add up to money spent in Colorado Springs. Economic impact projections were $20 million, with $3.5 million estimated to be spent on lodging and $2.4 million spent on food and merchandise.