Eugene will not host Olympic track and field trials in 2020

Merchants and staff set up the TrackTown16 Fan Festival in Eugene on Thursday, June 30, 2016. The free festival opens to the public at 1 p.m. July 1, 2016. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – Eugene’s streak of hosting the Olympic track and field trials is over. USA Track & Field announced Wednesday Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California will host the 10-day event.

USATF says its board of directors voted to hold the trials at Mt. SAC to take the sport’s largest event to the country’s second-largest media market. They also considered the sport’s history in Los Angeles, Mt. SAC’s previous elite track events, and the recent upgrade to Mt. SAC’s stadium.

Eugene, Oregon and Sacramento, California also bid to host the trials.

“The board was presented with three excellent options for the 2020 Olympic Trials,” board chair Steve Miller said. “The board, and especially our active athletes, were clear in their desire to take the Olympic Trials back to Los Angeles.”

The 2020 trials are currently scheduled for June 19-28, 2020.

Mt. SAC’s Hilmer Lodge Stadium hosted the trials in 1960. The stadium’s upgrade is slated for completion in 2019.

“On behalf of Mt. SAC, we are excited and humbled to be entrusted with hosting the Olympic Trials,” Mt. SAC Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Doug Todd said. “Both Eugene and Sacramento have set a very high bar regarding how this flagship event should be presented.”

In a response to the announcement, TrackTown USA’s CEO Michael Reilly released the following statement:

We congratulate Mt. San Antonio College and the city of Los Angeles on winning the right to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Their passion for track and field will create an amazing environment for the athletes.

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. Our community put forth a bold vision for 2020, and we look forward to future opportunities to partner with USA Track & Field in showcasing the sport we love.

In just four years, the eyes of the world will be focused on a world-class Hayward Field on the beautiful University of Oregon campus as this country hosts the IAAF World Championships Oregon21. TrackTown USA is excited to continue working with USA Track & Field, the state of Oregon and all of our partners on creating a global platform for the sport in 2021 that will leave a lasting legacy for decades to come.

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