This is incredible news!
A week ago, we thought that fans would still be prohibited, in large numbers, from the new Hayward Field, now all hell has broken loose.
There will be sections for vaccinated and unvaccinated.
Hayward awaits. Given recent changes to Oregon health regulations, we’re thrilled to announce that fans will be in the stands for the U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field! There will be both vaccinated & unvaccinated sections in the stadium. Announcement âž¡ï¸ https://t.co/GbUbUMiyeD pic.twitter.com/3XgcASLLQ3
— TrackTown USA (@GoTrackTownUSA) May 29, 2021
EUGENE, Ore. – TrackTown USA, the local organizing committee (LOC) for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field, today shared the exciting news that spectators will be able to watch the event in person at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Recent changes to Oregon health regulations will enable fans to cheer from the stands of the newly reimagined stadium as the best athletes in the country pursue their Olympic dreams on June 18-27, 2021.
“Oregon health regulations regarding stadium capacity have shifted significantly in the last two weeks,” said Michael Reilly, CEO of TrackTown USA. “We are absolutely thrilled as these changes allow for previously impossible spectator numbers. Alongside our partners, we have developed a plan to maximize attendance while keeping participants and our community safe. We appreciate the hard work of public health officials and government leaders who have made today’s announcement possible.”
The policy shift is due to new guidance on outdoor gatherings for individuals who have been vaccinated for COVID-19. There will be both vaccinated and unvaccinated sections in the stadium, with vaccinated sections forming much of the ticket inventory. Ticket holders must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to sit in a vaccinated section.
Key parameters of the new ticketing plan for the event are as follows:
- All customers who retained their ticket orders through April 2021 will be able to keep their tickets if they so choose. Seating locations, however, are subject to change due to mandatory adaptations of the seat map in order to be compliant with health regulations.
- Automatic refunds, based on the previous policy announced on April 22, had not yet been issued. Account holders wanting to secure refunds for all or part of their orders will still be able to do so.
- Athlete families will have the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets per session on the day(s) that their athlete is competing.
- After existing ticket customers and athlete families have been accommodated, any remaining ticket inventory will be sold to the public.
- Only mobile tickets will be issued.
- All plans for the 2020 Olympic Trials must be approved by the Oregon Health Authority and are therefore subject to change.
The LOC is finalizing the details necessary to facilitate this ticketing plan. More information will be available in the coming week. All event updates will be published on TrackTown20.com; those wishing to stay informed are encouraged to sign up for email updates here.
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials is a collaboration between the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and USA Track & Field (USATF). The event will be presented across NBC platforms.
About TrackTown USA, Inc.
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, being a leader in sustainability 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 in Portland, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials–Track & Field, and the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials–Track & Field.
About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.
About the USOPC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.