Sacramento Set to Host 2014 USA Track & Field Championships

October 29, 2013

Sacramento has been named as the host city for the 2014 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, impotent a five-day event to be held at California State University, a number of reports have confirmed.

Officials with the Sacramento Sports Commission declined comment, but have scheduled a joint news conference with USA Track & Field Tuesday morning for what they describe as a “major announcement.”

“I’m not going to confirm or deny, but we are very excited about the announcement,” said Mike Testa of the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has run the Sacramento Sports Commission since January. “Since day one we have been trying to bring major track and field back to Sacramento.”

The press conference will be held at Sacramento State, and will be attended by Mayor Kevin Johnson, Sacramento State president Dr. Alexander Gonzalez, officials with USA Track & Field, and officials with the Sacramento Sports Commission.

The annual event, which typically takes place in late June, attracts the country’s best male and female track athletes. The choice of Sacramento as host city continues a long tradition of major track events in the capital city area, including five previous national track champion meets, in 1968, 1981, 1995, 2000 and 2004, when the event served as the U.S. Olympic track trials.