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Olympic Track And Field Trials In Eugene Expected To Sell Out

PORTLAND – Organizers of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials say they’re on track for a sellout for the eight-day event in Eugene. Single-day event tickets go on sale Friday morning.

University of Oregon associate athletic director Vin Lananna predicts they’ll disappear fast.

Hayward Field in Eugene is the site of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Photo by Wolfram Burner/ Flickr
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Hayward Field in Eugene is the site of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Photo by Wolfram Burner/ Flickr

“Our projection was always to sellout. That’s kind of important," Lananna says. "Our budget is built around a sellout. It is important for a whole bunch of reasons that we sell out.”

Lananna says temporary bleachers will expand spectator capacity. The University of Oregon’s Hayward Field should fit about 15,000 for the Olympic trials.

The U.S. track and field team selection will overlap this June with Olympic trials in diving, which are also taking place in the Northwest. The diving competition happens in suburban Seattle .

On the Web:

U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials:

http://tracktown12.gotracktownusa.com/

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

Tom Banse covers national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reports from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events are unfolding. Tom's stories can be found online and heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.