When I first saw the news that the Olympic Trials were returning to Eugene once again, I was not at all surprised, but I was disappointed. Disappointed not because Eugene won't put on a great meet, but because USATF missed out on a huge opportunity to grow the sport.
There are some other great options as well:
Aggie Stadium, Greensboro, NC
Drake Stadium, Des Moines
Edwards Stadium, Berkeley
Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut
Hornet Stadium, Sacramento^
Hutsell-Rosen Track, Auburn (more seating needed)*
Carroll Track, Indianapolis^
John McDonnell Field, Fayetteville*
*IAAF Class 1 Certified
I found this blogpost very interesting. I disagree, but very interesting. I think having Trials outside of Oregon would be a great way to spread the love amongst track fans, but probably wouldn't help grow the sport by a single person.
I could not care less about college Hooops, so when the NCAA tournament came to my neighborhood and was being played at an arena less than a mile away, I still couldn't care less.
I gotta believe that's how America feels about track and proximity really wont change that.