All-Session Tickets on Sale for 2006 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

07-28-2005

Contact:
Tom Surber
Media Information Manager
USA Track & Field
317-261-0478 x317

INDIANAPOLIS - All-session tickets for the 2006 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will take place next June in Indianapolis, are now on sale. Tickets are available at by visiting www.indianasportscorp.com or calling 1-800 HI-FIVES (1-800-443-4837).

The Championships are the final stop of the Visa Championships Series, and take place June 22-25, 2006, at the IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis. The event serves as the selection meet for the IAAF World Cup of Athletics, which will take place later that summer. The 2006 USA Outdoor Junior Championships take place concurrently with the Outdoor Championships, as the selection meet for the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, China.

All-session tickets include tickets to all four days of Outdoor and Junior competitions, and include free parking for everyday of the event. Group packages are also available. USA Track & Field members should visit www.usatf.org to purchase their tickets and receive a USA Track & Field member discount.

This is the first Outdoor Championships to take place at the IU Carroll Stadium at IUPUI since 1997. The stadium was also the site for the event in 1983 and has been the site for numerous other major track and field events including the 1982 National Sports Festival, the 1982 USA vs. Russia Dual Meet, the 1985-1986 NCAA Division I Championships, the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1988 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, the 1983 USA Outdoor Championships, and the 2001 USATF National Club Track & Field Championships. The venue is also hosting this week's 2005 USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, which run through Sunday.

"USA Track & Field is excited to stage its most important event of 2006 in its home of Indianapolis and at IUPUI's Carroll Stadium," said USATF CEO Craig Masback. "This is a tremendous opportunity for fans from all over the Midwest to watch the best in the nation battle for National Championships and take a glimpse of what could be the stars of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Fans will really enjoy the convenience of downtown Indianapolis and the experience of watching our athletes compete on one of the fastest and finest track and field facilities in the world."

Many memorable performances have taken place at the IU Michael A. Carroll Stadium, but the facility is most remembered as the site of Florence Griffith Joyner's remarkable women's 100m world record of 10.49 seconds at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials. FloJo followed her 100m performance with a blistering 21.77 U.S. record in the semifinals of the 200 meters, which served as a prelude to her setting the world record twice at the Olympic Games in Seoul of 21.56, and then 21.34.

Carl Lewis also made headlines at the 1988 Olympic Trials in winning one of the greatest men's long jump duels in history against fellow National Track & Field Hall of Famer Larry Myricks. Lewis cleared 28 feet four times and Myricks did it on three occasions during the tense battle that was made even more dramatic as a thunderstorm raged during the competition. Lewis eventually won his 55th consecutive long jump competition with his leap of 8.76 meters/28 feet, 9 inches. Myricks was the runner-up with a best effort of 8.74m/28-8.25.

Indianapolis is well known for hosting major conventions and sporting events. More than 5,000 hotel rooms, 50,000 parking spaces, and numerous restaurants and shopping opportunities are available in the downtown area, many of which are within walking distance of IUPUI and its stadium.

The 2006 event will be hosted by the Indiana Sports Corporation and IUPUI. The two organizations will also host the 2007 USA Outdoor and Junior Track & Field Championships at the IU Michael A. Carroll Stadium.

For more information on USA Track & Field, visit www.usatf.org. For more information on Indiana Sports Corporation, visit www.indianasportscorp.com. Finally, more information on the IUPUI Sport Complex can be found on www.sportcomplex.iupui.edu.