By Charlie O. Mallonee
USA Track & Field has selected Sacramento as the site for the 2014 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The championships will be held June 26-29, 2014.
Sacramento was the site of the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trails for Track & Field before losing the event to Eugene, Oregon. Sacramento recently hosted the 2011 World Masters Championships, 2010 USA Masters Championships and the 2010 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.
Cal State University Sacramento’s Hornet Stadium will serve as the facility for the event as it was for the Olympic Trails. A new $1.2-million track will be installed for the championships.
“Sacramento has a tremendous track & field culture and we are very pleased to be returning in 2014,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “The fan support in the region is fantastic, and the weather conditions serve sprinters, field event athletes and distance runners alike. We look forward to another successful partnership with the Sacramento Sports Commission.”
“I’m thrilled to welcome Track & Field back to Sacramento,” said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. “Sacramento has some of the most passionate sports fans in the United States and I have no doubt that this community will support the event and the athletes like no other region in the country could.”
The Sacramento Sports Commission will serve as the organizing committee for the 2014 event.