EUGENE, Ore. -- For the first time in 12 years, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials will not be coming to Eugene.
Mt. San Antonio College and the Los Angeles area were awarded the right to host the 10-day event in 2020, according to a statement Wednesday from USA Track & Field.
Hilmer Lodge Stadium at Mt. San Antonio College, located in Walnut, California, is getting a $62 million upgrade that will enable the venue to expand to a seating capacity of more than 21,000. The project is expected to be completed by 2019.
The University of Oregon's Hayward Field currently has a capacity of 10,500, with the ability to expand to 21,000. Renovations that should be complete well before 2020 will increase that capacity to accommodate up to 30,000 people.
"The board ... [was] clear in their desire to take the Olympic Trials back to Los Angeles," said USATF board chair Steve Miller. "With the stadium upgrades currently planned, we are confident Mt. SAC will provide an extraordinary experience for athletes, fans, officials and volunteers.”
LOCATIONS OF U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS
- 2020: Los Angeles, California
- 2016: Eugene, Oregon
- 2012: Eugene, Oregon
- 2008: Eugene, Oregon
- 2004: Sacramento, California
- 2000: Sacramento, California
- 1996: Atlanta, Georgia
- 1992: New Orleans, Louisiana
- 1988: Indianapolis, Indiana
- 1984: Los Angeles, California
- 1980: Eugene, Oregon
- 1976: Eugene, Oregon
Eugene and Sacramento also submitted bids for the 2020 trials.
TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly congratulated Mt. San Antonio College on winning the bid. He said Eugene put together a "bold vision for 2020" and said he "looks forward to future opportunities to partner with USA Track & Field."
"We are grateful for the thousands of volunteers, public and private sector leaders, and businesses throughout Oregon that helped us to build the Olympic Team Trials into an amazing festival for track and field in 2008, 2012 and 2016," Reilly said.
Despite missing out on the Olympic trials, the IAAF World Championships Oregon21 will be at Hayward Field at the Unversity of Oregon in August 2021, the first time the world championships have been held in the United States.
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