A lot of people attend the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and most of them fill the grandstands around the par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale to capacity each day.
As soon as the gates open, fans make a beeline for the grandstands and skyboxes surrounding the 16th, the rowdiest hole in all of professional golf. Weeks before the tournament, workers erect the temporary seating that holds thousands of energetic, alcohol-slamming fans who cheer good shots and mercilessly boo the bad ones.
So, how many fans fit around the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale?
The 16th hole capacity is "16,000-plus" fans, according to tournament officials, or a little less than 10 percent of the expected Saturday crowd at the tournament. While attendance is lower during the other tournament days, the 16,000 figure still represents about 10 percent of the average daily crowd at the Phoenix Open. Several other prior estimates have put the figure at 20,000. That's a fluid number.
There is talk of making the structure around the 16th hole -- dubbed The Coliseum by tournament officials -- permanent, creating an opportunity for more seating and amenities for the fans who want to catch a glimpse of one of the great scenes in golf.
Overall, total Waste Management Phoenix Open attendance -- even if the figures are mildly inflated, as is thought in many golf circles -- is the highest on the PGA Tour, and it's not even close, with 618,365 coming in 2016, eclipsing the previous record of 564,368, set way back in 2015.