Sunday was the last day of the Cox Classic. Now the big question is, will it be the last time for the golf tournament in Omaha? The event’s director and spectators spoke with Channel 6 News about its future.
For every swing and putt, thousands came to watch the action at Champions Run. The tournament has been held in Omaha since 1996.
“It’s great for the community, it really is,” said fan Jim Dicke. “It brings a lot of people into the community, it highlights some of the unique characteristics of Omaha and it's a neat place, good event." Dicke and wife Janette got a pass from her boss. Like many spectators, they were willing to brave the heat and enjoy themselves on the last day of the tournament.
The event does draw a big crowd as over 120,000 people were expected, more than last year. Many of them are concerned when they heard the tournament may not be back in Omaha next year.
Tournament Director Chad Mardesen says the contract is up in the air right now, but they are still hoping to come back. "The future, we will work to put it together. I've said it before, I'll say it again, Omaha deserves an event like this and it's our job to make sure we put one on."
The fans hope so, too. “I hope it doesn't move, I like it right here,” said Todd Moser. “It’s been here a long time and I hope it stays here."
Mardesen doesn't know when a decision will be made.