This will be the facility’s second time hosting the prestigious event, in conjunction with UNM’s track and field program.
The NCAA has selected Albuquerque to host the 2020 Division I Indoor Track Championships, for the second time in the facility’s 12 season history. Albuquerque won the bid after an exhaustive nearly year-long selection process.
NCAA staff say the City of Albuquerque’s indoor track is an ideal location to hold their 2020 Division I Championship. The extremely competitive bidding process for this event started in June 2016. Committee members considered numerous factors when deciding which city would be selected, including most importantly, the quality of the facility and student athlete experience. The NCAA says Albuquerque’s indoor track is top notch, as well as the surrounding amenities at the newly-remodeled Albuquerque Convention Center. They also mentioned the indoor track’s notable coordination between UNM and City staff as a factor that attracted them. They say the combined staff’s superior execution of previous high-profile events, like the six USA Indoor National Championships previously held there; show how well City of Albuquerque and UNM employees handle these important events.
“It is an honor to be selected to host the NCAA Division I Indoor Track Championships for the 2020 indoor track season. The City of Albuquerque’s indoor track facility is one of the best in the nation and our city’s $70,000 investment in the facility has been repaid many times over. Since 2009, the track has brought in an estimated $17.5 million in revenue and about 42,000 spectators. This event is the perfect opportunity to introduce a new class of athletes and their loves ones to everything Albuquerque has to offer,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry.
“The University of New Mexico is honored to be hosting the 2020 Division I Championships with the City of Albuquerque. It is events like this which allow our athletes and facilities to shine on a national platform,” said University of New Mexico Head Track Coach Joe Franklin.
The 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track Championships will be held March 13 and 14, 2020. The event is expected to bring in an estimated 500 student athletes, representing nearly 150 institutions, and approximately 4,000 spectators a day.
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