By Curtis Anderson / TrackTown USA
EUGENE, Ore. – This year promises to be the greatest single season of track and field ever staged at historic Hayward Field.
Given the rich tradition of TrackTown USA, that’s a mouthful.
However, the upcoming outdoor season will be anchored by two fantastic events ̶ the IAAF World Junior Championships, making its U.S. debut, July 22-27, and the always exciting NCAA Championships, which begin an eight-year run at Hayward Field, June 11-14.
So, don’t delay in making sure you have good seats for those events.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. on Thursday. Go online to goducks.com/tracktickets for one-stop shopping and a seating chart of Hayward Field.
“We’ve never had a track and field season quite like this before,” said Vin Lananna, UO associate athletic director of Olympic Development and TrackTown USA president.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our community to come together and show the rest of the world how we welcome and support athletes from around the globe in the place that is known as the spiritual home of the sport in the U.S.”
For the IAAF World Junior Championships, all-session passes and weekend passports will be the first ticket packages on sale.
The all-session pass provides access to the entire six-day meet, including opening and closing ceremonies. The weekend passport provides admission to sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Single-day tickets will go on sale in late spring.
There are four pricing categories for the World Juniors: premium reserved, reserved, adult general admission and senior (62-and-over) and youth (17-and-under) general admission.
All-session prices are $175 (premium reserved), $110 (reserved), $67 (adult GA) and $26 (senior, youth GA). The weekend passport prices are $110 (premium reserved), $66 (reserved), $40 (adult GA) and $13 (senior, youth GA).
For additional ticket information on the NCAA Championships, University of Oregon regular season and Prefontaine Classic, visit goducks.com/tracktickets online.
Here’s a complete rundown of coming attractions in 2014:
· For the first time in history, the IAAF World Junior Championships (July 22-27) are coming to the U.S. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the Olympians of tomorrow compete in front of the most passionate track and field fans in America. The six-day meet features the world’s best athletes, age 19 and under, representing up to 212 national federations from around the globe.
· Team scoring becomes paramount at the highly competitive NCAA Championships (June 11-14), which returns to Hayward Field for the 12th time. Don’t miss out on seeing which schools hoist the men’s and women’s championship trophies after four days of intense competition.
· The University of Oregon plays host to four home meets, starting with the UO Preview on March 22, the Pepsi dual vs. Arizona on April 5, the three-day Oregon Relays on April 17-19, and the UO Twilight on May 9.
· High school athletes take center stage May 22-24 at the OSAA state championships. Team and individual titles will be decided from the smallest Class 1A schools to the largest 6A schools.
· The 40th annual Prefontaine Classic welcomes a star-studded cast of international athletes to the meet that was ranked as the world’s No. 1 invitational last year on May 30-31.
· The USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held July 5-6. The top two finishers in each event will represent Team USA on the same track just two weeks later at the IAAF World Junior Championships.
About TrackTown USA:
TrackTown USA, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sports of track and field and running by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, improving facilities and inspiring the next generation of track and field athletes and fans. The organization is responsible for organizing the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the 2015 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials—Track & Field.
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