2011 Luke Days Open House “Thunder in the Desert”

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Article Provided By: Jodi Jordan 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Logo provided By: Jodi Jordan 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 3/11/2011 - LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the Luke Days Open House March 19 and 20. The open house is two days of nonstop entertainment, but a few tips can help make the experience more pleasurable for guests. Traffic in the areas surrounding Luke Air Force Base will be heavy. There will be limited access between Camelback Road and Olive Avenue and between Reems Road and Arizona Loop 101. Gates open at 9 a.m. and flying begins at 10:45 a.m. both days. During the open house, the 56th Security Forces Squadron and Glendale Police Department would like to minimize traffic congestion and provide spectators and Luke personnel quick access to the base and parking areas. All spectators coming to the show will have to pass through a security check point prior to entering the base. Guests are asked to have all purses and other allowable bags open for search at the check points. The following items will be allowed to be brought onto the base, but will be checked: Cameras with bags, folding chairs (recommended due to limited seating available), diaper bags, or any type of bag containing medical supplies, strollers and wagons for toddlers, handicapped items such as wheelchairs and official service dogs. The following items are prohibited: coolers, backpacks, outside food, weapons (if it has a blade it will not be allowed on base), firearms of any type, toys that resemble firearms, fireworks, spray paint and silly string, glass containers of any kind, alcohol, illegal drugs, bicycles, skateboards, heelies, roller skates, rollerblades, ruck sacks and pets. Guests are allowed one full, sealed, nonmetal water bottle per person. There will be watering stations and concessionaires for refreshments. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and cooler stations with free water will be located throughout the show area. Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, hats and casual clothes. Sunscreen and hearing protection are recommended. A recent change in policy allows guests to bring folding chairs. For those who prefer not to carry their own chairs, rental chairs will be available for the day at $5 each. The Thunder Club features an exclusive viewing area with indoor and outdoor seating located in the center of the show and on base parking privileges. Thunder Club tickets are $90 per person per day. Children, age two and younger, are free. The Thunder Club also includes a shaded tent with tables, linen and chairs; VIP restroom facilities; catered food and beverage services featuring afternoon complimentary finger foods and nonalcoholic beverages. The Thunder Club also includes a barbecue lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. along with a cash bar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

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