I'd rather they keep the old track and use the money to build a small brick building with plumbing so that spectators wouldn't have to use Port-o-potties. What fans have to endure at that place is just disgusting.
>I'd rather they keep the old track and use the
>money to build a small brick building with
>plumbing so that spectators wouldn't have to use
>Port-o-potties. What fans have to endure at that
>place is just disgusting.>>
Oh c'mon, I know for a fact that they have them cleaned every 6 months, whether they need it or not!
At least the Stanford loos are away from the track. Anybody else have the joy of sitting on the homestretch side at the Trials in Sacto, where after a few days of bubbling in the triple-digit sun the stench came up under the bleachers into the stands?
I'm glad we're (Tennessee) not alone when it comes to subpar track facilities.
Tennessee has a decent set-up, but it could be so much better. Public restrooms are terrible. The AD moved the sprints to the "other" side of the track to take advantage of how the winds usually go, so they had to build new stands over there. However, the press box and main stands are still on what is now the backstretch.
At least we have a good surface. Brand new. Plus all the events take place inside the oval. And we have the new jumbotron scoreboard. A fine place to watch a meet, but I wish we could do something special.
All things considered, I wonder who has the best facilities? Texas looks like they did their new place right. I've been to Florida's and it is very nice. Of course Oregon. What are the other top facilities?
I truly hope that other communities can experience the support Hayward Field receives in Eugene. It is a real joy to attend meets in the facility, along with knowledgeable crowds.
Hopefully others will be constructed with similar support from their communities.
>There are several facilities in the middle of the
>country. Missouri has a brand new one. Kansas
>U. is close to a major airport. Maybe they don't
>even bid for the events. They should.>>
Over on the "USATF" thread gh noted the need for a strong LOC to get things up and running. No offense to Missouri or Kansas (or anywhere else that isn't getting meets), but do they have that kind of grassroots support?
I suspect gh left out something really important in his analysis: funding the meet. I don't know how USATF works, but I doubt they say, "Here's the chequebook," let us know when you run out of cheques."
I bet the locals either have to come up w/ a deep-pockets sponsor(s) and/or know they'll have enough ticket sales to crack their nut. Depending how big that number is (would $100,000 be an unreasonable guess?), how many people are willing to take a flyer? I imagine it's no coincidence that the Nationals (USATF variety) has such a narrow range of hosts.
Hey, I dont know much about track surfaces. I have heard of poured track and layered tracks. Which one is faster for distance and which is better for sprints or is there much of a difference? What about the materials?
Hey BillVol, do you think the new AD will spend the money to improve your facilities or was it the new AD who built the new stands? What do you think of the new AD? There was an article about Doug Dickey in the Gainesville Sun yesterday.
Supposedly an indoor 200m track is on the way. Dickey built the aluminum stands along the new straightaway, but most people still sit in the cement stands on what is now the backstretch. Too early to tell if the new AD will do anything special for track. The track is not bad, but it could be much better. Thanks for the heads up on the Dickey article. gatorsports.com is the site I believe.
Kentucky has a flat 293m track. Tennessee's got a 200m flat, but it's not very fast. LSU's got a good 200m flat. South Carolina's got a square indoor track around their indoor football practice field. Basically, they only run straightaway races.
I don't know why I thought Tennessee's indoor track at Stokely Athletics Center was 176 yards, 10 laps for a mile. I'm pretty sure this is right. I'd call UT sports info, but even with a football question, those guys and gals in there aren't usually of any help.
All the track and "infield" sprint and runway areas have been resurfaced with Rekortan, I do know. They even "paved" over the old tartan basketball court with Rekortan. But the track is long and the turns are tight.
Because of this, the track hasn't hosted many (if any) high profile meets. Track record records of note are:
440y Trevor James D.C. Striders 49.0 1975
880y Larry Kelly Tennessee 1:52.3 1968
1000y Bob Lang Florida 2:12.4 1969
Mile Mark Brown ETSU 4:08.0 1976
2 Mile Doug Brown Tennessee 8:50.0 1974