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Schedule a tee time at Heinz Field...yes a tee time

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Friday, June 8, 2018, 4:03 p.m.

There is an athletic event at Heinz Field that doesn't involve footballs. The TopGolf Crush Tee It Up competition is in full swing at the North Side stadium. Tee times are available June 8-10.

Guests get a chance to crush golf balls from under the scoreboard in the south end zone onto the field. The competition has attendees hit golf balls from the stands inside Heinz Field onto the grass below and welcomes everyone, says Jeehae Lee, director of TopGolf Crush.

"You don't have to be a golfer," she says. "Anyone can try this. Wear your tennis shoes or high heels and come hit some balls."

HOW IT WORKS

Players buy tickets for an hour period for $55-$65 per person. There are VIP all-day passes available for $200 each. Each bay holds six golfers. You don't need to bring clubs – they will be provided (from a 6-iron to a sand wedge)-- or wear golf shoes – any footwear will do.

There are colored targets, three red at 40 yards, two yellow at 80 yards and one blue at 140 yards. If you hit the bulls-eye the points are 100, 200 and 400 respectively. The farther out you hit the ball the more points you receive. And your fifth swing is double the points. two yellow and one blue - -the farther out you hit the ball the more points you receive. At night, the targets will glow, making for an added evening experience hitting balls across the spacious field.

The technology used to track the golf balls is the same as that you see at major PGA tour events.

During the 60 minutes players each hit five balls from the green mat or a white tee similar to what you see at a driving range and can play as many games as they can within the time frame (It's pretty easy, even a fashion writer can do it). The highest score each hour will be awarded a $25 Dick's Sporting Goods gift certificate. The top score for the day will receive a laptop computer from Dell Technologies.

OTHER VENUES

Lee says these types of events have been held in other iconic sports venues such as Heinz Field – in Seattle, Florida, Kansas City, and Tennessee. Having one in the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers was a no-brainer and is most timely because TopGolf is in the process of opening a store TopGolf Pittsburgh in Bridgeville sometime this summer, says Lee.

"The Pittsburgh Steelers have such great fans," Lee says. "This is such a great sports town and we hope to bring a unique sporting experience to Pittsburgh where the people of this city can learn about TopGolf."

CUSTOMIZABLE

Lee says what is nice about TopGolf Crush is it can be set up to accommodate the space. Heinz Field has a 23-bay set up while other venues might have 20, 15 or less. And it is about more than golf. There is entertainment and a chance to have a drink and food and play other games, she says, adding that Heinz Field personnel immediately embraced the idea.

The stadium does caution those coming to adhere to these rules:

Do not bring clubs, or golf bags – they will be provided and that the clear bag policy for all events is in effect for this one too.

Doors open at 9 a.m. June 9 and 10

Details: heinzfield.com

Tyler Morrison, project manager for TopGolf, uses a pitching wedge to launch a golf ball at one of the targets at the TopGolf Crush event at Heinz Field on Pittsburgh's North Side. The event runs June 8-10.
JOANNE KLIMOVICH HARROP
Tyler Morrison, project manager for TopGolf, uses a pitching wedge to launch a golf ball at one of the targets at the TopGolf Crush event at Heinz Field on Pittsburgh's North Side. The event runs June 8-10.
The targets sit on the grass surface at the TopGolf Crush event at Heinz Field on Pittsburgh's North Side. Golfers aim for the targets at the event  which runs June 8-10.
JOANNE KLIMOVICH HARROP
The targets sit on the grass surface at the TopGolf Crush event at Heinz Field on Pittsburgh's North Side. Golfers aim for the targets at the event which runs June 8-10.
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