Last Tuesday night's Ward 6 community town hall meeting brought out hundreds of people looking for information about the U.S. Open.
While the Merion Golf Club has hosted the U.S. Open five times before, this year's tournament is expected to be the biggest yet and the biggest event ever staged in Haverford township.
With that come both cheers and fears.
From now until the champion is crowned and the last truck rolls out of town, Patch will bring you the most complete local coverage of what the U.S. Open means for everyone who calls Haverford and the region home.
If you are Looking for a Temporary Job During the U.S. Open
Action News spoke with a representative of Andy Frain Services who says they are looking to hire about 700 people to work during the tournament. The company has a temporary office on Haverford Avenue near Lancaster Avenue.
Business People Anxious About Impact
The owner of Izett's Golf Shop on Haverford Avenue told Action News he's a golf fan, but has major concerns about the sheer volume of people who will flood the area for a week.
That's the same concern several other Haverford Avenue business owners voiced to United States Golf Association Representative Hank Thompson during the town hall meeting. While the USGA didn't offer any specific solution to owners who complained that while the USGA will make millions, small local businesses who operate on tiny profit margins will lose a week of business due to road closures.
Editor's Note: Our goal is to make Haverford Patch the first place you turn for anything and everything related to the U.S. Open's impact on local resident and businesses. This is just one piece of a huge Patchwork quilt. In the coming days and weeks, Patch will bring you the stories of the local merchants, the traffic plans, the parking and resident access passes and transportation issues.
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