Contact: Jill M. Geer Director of Communications USA Track & Field In Albuquerque: 515-842-1234 http://www.usatf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 30, 2000
National Track & Field Hall of Fame to move to New York City
ALBUQUERQUE - The National Track & Field Hall of Fame will relocate to the 168th Street Armory in New York City, USA Track & Field CEO Craig Masback announced Thursday at the Opening session of the 2000 USATF Annual Meeting.
With an anticipated opening in 2002, the National Track & Field Hall of Fame will be the only sport with a Hall of Fame or museum in New York City.
"There is no better location in America for the National Track & Field Hall of Fame," Masback said. "What they will build will be more than a Hall of Fame, but an entire, interactive learning center that uses our sport, its outstanding athletes, and its rich history as a vehicle for sharing the excitement of our sport with a large audience. We believe that we will immediately establish ourselves as the most-visited sports Hall of Fame in the world, based on the number of athlete/participants who visit the Armory on a daily basis."
The Armory Foundation, the local group that put together the New York bid, in recent years has raised the necessary funds to refurbish and upgrade its facility. The track is now recognized as one of the fastest in the world. Under the leadership of Dr. Norbert Sander and Michael Frankfurt, the Armory has expanded its program, hosting more than 80 track meets a year, serving as a training site for more than 40,000 athletes, and attracting more than 300,000 athletes and family members each year.
Formerly located in Indianapolis, the Hall of Fame became a traveling exhibit in the mid-1990s before closing due to space limitations. USATF earlier this year solicited bids from cities around the country interested in being home to the Hall of Fame, nine of which chose to participate in the bid process.
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