Heat plan for Pinnacle Bank Championships

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 18:57:38-04

With the Nebraska sun bringing temps to nearly 100 degrees, a outdoor event doesn't sound ideal - but officials at the Pinnacle Bank Championships in Elkhorn are ready to beat the heat.

"The Douglas County Sheriff has been a wonderful partner with us and helping us just with coordinating the effort with the large amount of spectators we anticipate coming," said tournament director Jessica Brabec. "We've had a great response from the community making sure that everyone is safe when they come out here."

Tournament workers and the Douglas County Sheriffs Office are adding more medical staff and tents, and better training volunteers to spot signs of heat-related conditions. There are also plenty of air conditioned chalets and restaurants for patrons to cool down.

"So if people are having issues or feel like they're having issues they have a resource where they can go to get assistance to help deal with that," said Lt. Denise Rieder.

One aspect making planning hard, not knowing what to expect. Because this is the tournaments first year, crowd estimates are vague.

"We're anticipating anywhere from 6000 to 8000 people a day," Brabec said. "I'm hoping for 10 people a day."