PORTLAND – For the first time in nearly 30 years, and only the second time in history, the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships are coming to the United States.
The 16th edition of the biennial meet will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on March 18-20, 2016.
In celebration of the “One Year Out” milestone, there will be a special media event on Monday, March 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the OCC. Guest speakers include Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna and USA Track & Field Chief of Public Affairs Jill Geer. In addition, we’ll hear from two U.S. track and field standouts in hurdler Jason Richardson and quarter-miler Phyllis Francis.
All of the speakers will be available to field questions from the media at the conclusion of the event.
Those in attendance will be the first to see official renderings of the 200-meter track, infield and 7,000-seat stadium to be built inside the OCC. We will also show highlight reels from TTUSA’s bid presentation to the IAAF Council in Monaco; the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland; and a similar indoor stadium build-up.
We will provide preliminary ticket and volunteer information. You can also hear specifics on the proposed men’s and women’s pole vault-only competition that will serve as a thrilling kick-off to the rest of the meet, free of charge, on March 17 inside the Moda Center. Those two venues – the OCC and Moda Center – will be connected to Pioneer Square, where plans are under way for an ambitious Fan Festival that will be open to the public.
Don’t miss this chance to get all of the details!
For those attending the “One Year Out” media event, there will be light snacks and parking validation. If you park in the OCC garage: Enter Parking Level 2 off of 1st Avenue and follow the signs. The event will be held in Hall E on Level One.
We look forward to seeing everybody to celebrate this landmark occasion!
TrackTown USA, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sports of track and field and running by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, improving facilities and inspiring the next generation of track and field athletes and fans. The organization is responsible for organizing the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the 2015 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials—Track & Field.
About the IAAF:
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the world’s governing body for the sport of track and field. It represents 212 national federations, the second-largest athletics organization in the world. The IAAF Council consists of 27 elected members and the General Secretary, including a president, four vice-presidents, a treasurer, and one representative from each of the six Area groups: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania.
Curtis Anderson | TrackTown USA
Director of Communications