Tracktown U.S.A. to host the IAAF World Championship in 2021
EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene is proving once again that it truly is Tracktown, U.S.A.
The IAAF selected Eugene's historic Hayward Field to host the 2021 World Outdoor Track and Field Championship during a special vote held in Beijing on Thursday.
This marks the first time the International Association of Athletics Federation has decided to hold the prestigious event on U.S. soil.
Last year, U.S.A. Track and Field (USATF), the City of Eugene, and local organizing committee Tracktown U.S.A. submitted a bid to host the '19 World Championship at Hayward Field.
The event ended up going to Doha, Qatar, however the USATF said it was a close vote that gave the U.S. bid a lot of "attention and support."
In the words of Tracktown U.S.A.'s President Vin Lananna, the event is nothing short of the crown jewel of track and field.
"We are humbled by the bold leadership shown by the IAAF Council," Lananna said in a press release, "We are thrilled to be able to welcome the world in 2021. We want to thank the IAAF for their decision, and we also want to thank the people of Oregon for their unwavering support."
The nine-day championship meet is held every 2 years, drawing in nearly 2,000 competing athletes. This will be the first time the IAAF will host the event on U.S. soil in its 33-year history.
One requirement of the championship bid is that the host city must have enough seating for 30,000 spectators at the local track venue. That's about 20,000 more seats than Hayward Field's current capacity.
During their last run at hosting the championship, Lananna said he feels the lack of seating is not insurmountable, adding that they've been eyeing an upgrade plan for Hayward for the last three years.
From USATF: The 2021 IAAF World Championships will join a long list of prestigious track and field events held in TrackTown USA. The University of Oregon has welcomed five U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials - including Eugene 08 and TrackTown 12, with a sixth coming in July of 2016 - the annual Prefontaine Classic, multiple USATF Outdoor Championships and the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships through 2021.