With NCAA track and field finals coming up in just a few short months, facilities are making preparations to host thousands of athletes. Sports Planning Guide presents the six fields and facilities that will host the indoor and outdoor, men’s and women’s track and field 2014 NCAA Championships.
Albuquerque Convention Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Division I Indoor Track & Field NCAA Championship
March 14-15, 2014
The Albuquerque Convention Center has over 167,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring the Northeast and Southeast Exhibit Halls, which provide 106,200 square feet of contiguous, column-free space.
The center installed a 200-meter banked Mondo track that has 60-meter straight-aways running the entire length of the space. The convention center has served as UNM’s indoor facility, hosted three USA indoor track and field championships, two NCAA Division II indoor championships, and is scheduled to host the 2014 NCAA DI Track & Field Championship. The facility also includes men’s and women’s jumping runways and pits, in addition to areas for shot put, pole vault and high jump events.
The University of New Mexico (UNM) Track & Field program will serve as the host institution for the Indoor Track and Field 2014 Division I Championship.
JDL Fast Track
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Division II Indoor Track & Field NCAA Championship
March 14-15, 2014
JDL Fast Track has bleacher seating for 1,576 with space available for future expansion. The facility features a 200-meter oval track with a Mondo track FTX surface—the same surface that was used at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Field event areas include two pole vault runways, two long/triple jump runways, one high jump area and one throws area. The facility also includes a 100-meter warm-up track, office and meeting-room space, a training room, and hospitality suites for coaches’ or conference officials’ meetings at large events.
There is also a permanently installed FinishLynx timing system for fully automatic timing results as well as an audio/video system to include four high definition projector screens for results as well as video playback.
Winston-Salem State University will serve as the host institution for the Indoor Track and Field 2014 Division II Championship.
Division III Indoor Track and Field NCAA Championship
March 14-15, 2014
Bob Devaney Sports Center’s indoor track and field facility has a capacity of 5,000. The floor of the facility is covered by 70,000 square feet of Mondo rubber flooring. The center includes a 200-meter track that has a radius of 67 feet, the largest radius of any indoor-banked track in the world.
The track is hydraulic-banked and is one of only four in the United States and eight in the world. The banks and all the running surfaces rest on a sleeper system made of both steel (banks) and wood (straight-aways) frames.
Manufactured in Gallo d’ Alba, Italy, the track traveled over 6,000 miles to Lincoln. Engineers can trouble shoot and calibrate the track from Italy using its high-tech control system.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will serve as the host for the Indoor Track and Field 2014 Division III Championship.
Division I Outdoor Track and Field NCAA Championship
June 11-14, 2014
Hayward Field’s capacity is 10,500 but is expandable to 21,000. The field features a 400-meter track that has eight 48-inch lanes with 85-meter straight-aways and 115-meter curves with an all-weather surface. There is an additional 200-meter warm-up track to the south of the main track, along with a hammer throw area and a weight room facility.
The field also features a scoreboard that gives unofficial times and competitors’ places just seconds after race completion. There are also eight light poles for televised night events, and the infield hosts all field events. Hayward Field was awarded the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials.
The University of Oregon will serve as the host for the Outdoor Track and Field 2014 Division I Championship.
Grand Valley Lacrosse/Track & Field Complex
Division II Outdoor Track and Field NCAA Championship
May 22-24, 2014
The Grand Valley Lacrosse/Track & Field Complex opened in 2012. It has a capacity of 800 with standing room. The stadium features a nine-lane, 400-meter track in addition to areas for field events such as the pole vault and throws.
The facility also has team and visiting locker rooms, a control room and a press box near the stadium stands. Intramural fields also have been added on the west side of the stadium. All of the fields in the stadium have lights for competition at night.
Grand Valley State University will serve as the host for the Outdoor Track and Field 2014 Division II Championship.
George Gauthier Track
Division III Outdoor Track and Field NCAA Championship
May 22-24, 2014
The George Gauthier Track has a capacity of 9,100. The track is made of an all-weather, Ameritan FP surface. The field is composed of an OmniGrass artificial playing surface. The facility includes lights for night events, shot put areas and long and triple jump areas on the east side of the visitors’ grandstand.
The facility, built in 1929, is believed to be the oldest facility in the nation constructed to Olympic specifications and remaining in its original configuration.
Ohio Wesleyan University will serve as the host for the Outdoor Track and Field 2014 Division III Championship.