All available dorms are booked for Olympic trials, UO says
EUGENE, Ore. - The U.S. Olympic track and field trials begin Friday and some passionate fans plan to stay as close to the action as possible - in the University of Oregon dorms.
Beginning Tuesday night, about 750 spectators will check into Hamilton Hall.
The university expects visitors from nearly every state in the country. They get calls years in advance from track fans looking to book a room.
"The greatest benefit, what we've seen from the past years, is just the camaraderie of people staying together that are all really hardcore track fans," said Tom Driscoll, associate director of housing at the University of Oregon.
The room rates are far cheaper than the average hotel, but the guests are in for a true student experience, complete with communal bathrooms.
Despite the close quarters, the rooms are all booked.
Driscoll says the extra money keeps costs lower for students during the school year.