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Postby Pego » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:33 pm

gh wrote:Is there anybody on the Board here who is going to the OT but has never been to a meet at Hayward Field before?


Yes, I've never been there, but will be at the OT's.
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Postby HMoley » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:34 pm

gh wrote:Is there anybody on the Board here who is going to the OT but has never been to a meet at Hayward Field before?


We've never been to Oregon or OT's before.
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Postby tafnut » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:36 pm

The 96 Atlanta OT was Nirvana to me, so you can guess what I'll be expecting at Hayward Field!!!!!!
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Postby gh » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:44 pm

From my point of view, the only potential problem with an OT at Hayward is what a letdown just about any other meet is for a long time.

(I'd like to say that's for purely track reasons, but being a native Pacific Northwester, that probably colors my take a little bit)
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Postby HMoley » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:51 pm

gh wrote:From my point of view, the only potential problem with an OT at Hayward is what a letdown just about any other meet is for a long time.

(I'd like to say that's for purely track reasons, but being a native Pacific Northwester, that probably colors my take a little bit)


We're hoping the big one in China will be our next one :wink:
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Postby tafnut » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:55 pm

gh wrote:the only potential problem with an OT at Hayward is what a letdown just about any other meet is for a long time.

Just to prove my audacious devil-may-care attitude, I'm willing to risk it!!! :shock: :twisted:
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Postby rasb » Fri Nov 30, 2007 5:01 pm

I agree with GH - most other Meets won't be the same after you've attended a big Meet at Hayward.
GH, I thought you were a native Pacific South-Wester :wink:
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Postby mike renfro » Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:43 am

HMoley wrote:
gh wrote:Is there anybody on the Board here who is going to the OT but has never been to a meet at Hayward Field before?


We've never been to Oregon or OT's before.


You gonna luv em both :D
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Postby BCBaroo » Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:33 pm

gh wrote:From my point of view, the only potential problem with an OT at Hayward is what a letdown just about any other meet is for a long time.

(I'd like to say that's for purely track reasons, but being a native Pacific Northwester, that probably colors my take a little bit)


Boy - I hope you're right. I'm concerned with this type of hype 8 months out, nothing could hold up.

But I've never been to Hayward field for a meet, so what do I know....
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Postby bad hammy » Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:18 pm

BCBaroo,

Last I checked you had seats on row 1 on the finish line. No equivocating allowed!! :P :twisted:
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Postby gh » Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:22 pm

BCBaroo wrote:
gh wrote:From my point of view, the only potential problem with an OT at Hayward is what a letdown just about any other meet is for a long time.

(I'd like to say that's for purely track reasons, but being a native Pacific Northwester, that probably colors my take a little bit)


Boy - I hope you're right. I'm concerned with this type of hype 8 months out, nothing could hold up.

But I've never been to Hayward field for a meet, so what do I know....


Have you been to an OT elsewhere?
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Postby westcoasttiger » Mon Dec 03, 2007 10:14 pm

What I wonder is how ticket sales and attendance will be for the Pre Classic this year. With the meet just a week a half before the trials kick off I have a feeling a sellout this year will be tough.

Perhaps the focus will be to bring in as many top international stars as possible to create matchups and drama that the trials can't in certain events.
Tom will no doubt be able to give us his insight.

I was thinking some international relays for countries trying to get relay qualifiers along with a couple of US teams (ala Penn Relays) would be a nice touch this year since there are no relays on trials docket obviously. Men and women's 4x1 and perhaps a 4x4 or 2.
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Postby Barto » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:08 am

Anyone with insight into when the single session tickets will go on sale? I have about 20 in-laws bound and determined that I will be able to get them tickets for the two days.
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Postby gh » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:28 am

what two days? I have a couple of thousand seats available for the sessions of July 1st and 2nd.
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Postby Barto » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:56 am

July 3 and 6
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Postby jney » Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:18 am

a thousand seats? wtf mate!
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Postby bad hammy » Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:30 am

My guess is that July 1st and 2nd are the off days . . .
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Postby tafnut » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:23 am

westcoasttiger wrote:What I wonder is how ticket sales and attendance will be for the Pre Classic this year. With the meet just a week a half before the trials kick off I have a feeling a sellout this year will be tough.

??!! Pre is almost THREE weeks (19 days) before the Trials.
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Postby BCBaroo » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:51 am

gh wrote:
BCBaroo wrote:
gh wrote:From my point of view, the only potential problem with an OT at Hayward is what a letdown just about any other meet is for a long time.

(I'd like to say that's for purely track reasons, but being a native Pacific Northwester, that probably colors my take a little bit)


Boy - I hope you're right. I'm concerned with this type of hype 8 months out, nothing could hold up.

But I've never been to Hayward field for a meet, so what do I know....


Have you been to an OT elsewhere?


Yes. I went in 96 - where clearly MJ was unforgettable and Jack Pierce was heartbreaking (didn't get any good tickets to the actual Olympics so I didn't go.) And in 2004 in Sacramento, where, I would have to say Deena and Allen Webb and the Triple Jump were awesome.

But yes, I'm hooked on the trials. I'm just curious to see how this one is going to be sooooo much better (aside from my lucky draw in the ticket department)....

But, I'm already psyched...just don't want to get so psyched up that nothing can match the hype... that's all.
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Postby tafnut » Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:13 pm

BCBaroo wrote:But, I'm already psyched...just don't want to get so psyched up that nothing can match the hype... that's all.

Never say never, but seein' as how the tafnutster is getting on in years and barring a SEUSA OT, a Chicago OG, or a Stanford WC, this might be the LAST OT/OG/WC I get to see, :shock: so it BETTER be AWESOMEST!!
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Postby BCBaroo » Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:18 am

Well, a lot can happen in 6 or 7 months Tafnut. I hope you don't do something stupid like die in late May.
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Postby 26mi235 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:29 am

BCBaroo wrote:Well, a lot can happen in 6 or 7 months Tafnut. I hope you don't do something stupid like die in late May.


Wore yet maybe he will take a job offer from Cal.
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Postby tafnut » Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:37 am

BCBaroo wrote:Well, a lot can happen in 6 or 7 months Tafnut. I hope you don't do something stupid like die in late May.

Thanks for the thought!! :roll: :D
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Postby Dave » Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:46 am

BCBaroo wrote:
gh wrote:From my point of view, the only potential problem with an OT at Hayward is what a letdown just about any other meet is for a long time.

(I'd like to say that's for purely track reasons, but being a native Pacific Northwester, that probably colors my take a little bit)


Boy - I hope you're right. I'm concerned with this type of hype 8 months out, nothing could hold up.

But I've never been to Hayward field for a meet, so what do I know....


I have been to one world class meet outside of Eugene and have been to several Pre Classics and a couple "Road to Eugene" meets. If the weather is decent, then it is marvelous. The people around you are very knowledgeable and really appreciate what they are watching. The place is intimate enough that you don't miss much and much of the stands are covered so when the weather isn't good, it is not unpleasant.

If you can't get accomodation in Eugene, then at worst, it is a two hour drive from Portland.
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Postby tandfman » Thu Dec 06, 2007 11:32 am

There surely must be places closer than Portland if you can't get anything in Eugene.
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Postby 26mi235 » Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:30 pm

tandfman wrote:There surely must be places closer than Portland if you can't get anything in Eugene.


Corvallis and Salem (and a number of country B&Bs) are much closer than Portland.

As for there being knowledgeable fans, the only meet I watched there was the 1988 NCAAs and the person behind me (in front?) was Jim Bush (with some others almost as legendary, if I recall correctly). They also were willing to share their conversation and comments with someone that they had never seen and knew vastly less than they did.

My only other "Big" meets were the '84 Trials (Roth beating Mary), the 1984 (OG Joanie winning), and the 1966 Compton Invite (Relays? with Ryun just missing the WR). All were great and nudged me to being more of a fan, although it took this board to help solidify it.
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Postby gh » Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:03 pm

Allow me to suggest that at this juncture, finding decent air transport is probably more problematic than decent housing. As in, if you haven't already made your arrangements, yesterday would be a good day in which to do it.
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Postby westcoasttiger » Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:20 pm

Plenty of hotels right on I-5, 40 minutes from track in Albany and all very new construction. Some could also stay in Corvallis, about same distance away.

One tip on airfare, fly into Salem on Delta. Only 2 flights a day in/out to SLC so far but an option for some. Not sure how athletes' flights are to be handled since many are not obviously booked.

I would be curious as to what the plan is for this aspect of the event. Perhaps seeing NW as official sponsor they will add special flights for mostly athletes.
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Postby rasb » Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:07 pm

It would be great for NW Airlines to start a charter in NY, and make a couple of stops on the way to Eugene or Portland... the Trials Flight - what fun !!!
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