Yes, there will be patrons at Augusta National this year, but they will be very limited. Augusta.com listed the requirements for admission to the 2021 version of The Maters, which is scheduled to run from Thursday, April 8th through Sunday, April 11th.
To receive a badge, patrons must have proof of a negative PCR, molecular or antigen COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to admission no matter if they have been vaccinated, and antibody tests are not accepted. Anyone who has tested positive within 10 days prior to attending will not be allowed entry. Fans are asked to stay home if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms including fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or the new loss of taste or smell.
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Social distancing of six feet will be enforced, and face coverings are required at all times unless actively eating or drinking. The only payment method for concessions throughout the tournament will be through credit cards.
As for who will be allowed in at The Masters, Golf Digest speculated most tickets will go toward family members of the players, those with ties to Augusta National members and workers, in addition to the tournament’s biggest corporate sponsors.
Whom exactly is getting the tickets is one of Augusta’s biggest gossip games. Many patrons who have been getting badges for decades received word from ANGC this year saying they would not be able to attend, though they would have access to tickets in 2022. The speculation is that most of the tickets will go to players’ families, those with ties to Augusta National members and workers, and the tournament’s largest corporate sponsors.
There are roughly 40,000 to 50,000 patrons per day on average during a normal Masters tournament, according to Golf Digest, but speculation is that the number will be cut to approximately 12,000 per day this weekend.
The guesstimates among Augusta locals are that there will be up to 12,000 people on the grounds per day—cut from an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 during a normal tournament. That calculation is based, in part, on the city of Augusta saying it expects to need 6,000 parking spaces total—3,000 for fans and 3,000 for workers. Just as telling of the circumstance—the city has decided not to close the I-20 exit to Washington Road, the main thoroughfare to the tournament that can get as jammed as New York’s Park Avenue.