The Sacramento Sports Commission, a division of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB), is pleased to announce that USA Track & Field has awarded Sacramento the 2014 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Championships will be held at California State University at Sacramento (CSUS) from June 26-29, 2014.
"Sacramento's history in the sport of Track & Field is a rich one," said Steve Hammond, president & CEO of the SCVB and the Sacramento Sports Commission. "It started in 1966 at the All-American Invitational at Hughes Stadium and culminated at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trials at Sacramento State University. This community has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting track and field events and we are very excited to bring the National Championships to our city."
The event represents the first mark of success for the newly formed partnership between The Sacramento Sports Commission, CSUS, and USA Track & Field
"Sacramento has a tremendous track & field culture and we are very pleased to be returning in 2014," said USATF CEO Max Siegel. "The fan support in the region is fantastic, and the weather conditions serve sprinters, field event athletes and distance runners alike. We look forward to another successful partnership with the Sacramento Sports Commission."
Sacramento was awarded the business, in part, because of the commitment from the Sacramento Sports Commission, the SCVB, and the local hotel community (represented by the Sacramento Tourism Marketing District (STMD)) to resurface the track at CSUS. The cost to resurface to track is approximately $1.2 million and will be paid for entirely by the SCVB and the STMD.
"We announced earlier this year that we had our sights set on bringing track back to Sacramento," said Mike Sophia, director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. This partnership will help us to do just that as we join forces to create a state of the art, national caliber track surface at Sacramento State that will allow us to position Sacramento as the Track Capital."
On top of bringing the 1,000 top Track & Field Athletes in the nation, the meet is expected to draw 400 coaches, agents and trainers-along with 125 officials, 100 national and international media representatives, 250 volunteers, and 5,000 to 15,000 fans each day.
The event also presents great exposure opportunity for the City, as domestic networks (NBC, ESPN and Universal Sports) and international broadcasters have covered recent USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in some capacity, with parts of the Championships broadcast live on a major network.