March 12, 2014
For Sacramento, One Good Turn Deserves Another A successful 2014 USA Championships will assure return visit in 2017
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are returning to Sacramento in June following a 10-year hiatus. The wait for a return visit shouldn’t be nearly as long this time around.
By investing $1.2 million to resurface the track at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium, the Sacramento Sports Commission received a commitment from USA Track & Field, the sport’s governing body, that the national championships will return to Sacramento in 2017 if certain attendance and revenue goals are met during the 2014 national meet.
USA Track & Field has agreed to award the 2017 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to Sacramento if local organizers sell 22,500 tickets to this year’s event and meet several other realistic revenue targets. The 2014 USA Championships begin Thursday, June 26, and continue through Sunday, June 27.
“We’re confident that we’ll hit those goals with room to spare,” said Sacramento Sports Commission Director Mike Sophia. “Our plans for championship track and field events extend well beyond 2014.”
The 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at Sacramento State were the best-attended Trials in history, averaging more than 20,000 spectators over each of the 16 days of competition. The two Olympic Trials were preceded by well-attended national championship events in Sacramento in 1968, 1981 and 1995.
All-session tickets are currently at the Sacramento State ticket office and online at sacsports.com. All-session tickets provide fans admittance to all four days of competition. Standard all-session tickets are priced from $15 (general admission) to $125 (finish-line seats).
Discount prices are available for children, military veterans and Sacramento State students. Two-day ticket packages will go on sale soon.
Among the stars expected to compete in Sacramento are Olympic champions Allyson Felix, LaShawn Merritt, Ashton Eaton, Christian Taylor, Justin Gatlin, Sanya Richards, Brittany Reese (long jump), Aries Merritt and Stephanie Brown Trafton.
Brown Trafton, a Galt resident who won the Olympic women’s discus title in 2008, will serve as one of Sacramento 2014’s meet ambassadors. She is returning to competition this season after having a baby last fall.
Construction on the new track will begin in April. The current track is showing its age after being installed prior to the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.
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