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City’s Indoor Track Brings in Big Tourism Numbers for ABQ

Albuquerque New Mexico Parks and RecreationThe indoor track serves as the home of UNM’s track & field program & has hosted world-class athletes from all over the world.
ALBUQUERQUE- With another highly-successful indoor track season in the books, the City of Albuquerque has assessed its investment in the indoor track facility and the massive impact it has had on Albuquerque’s tourism economy over the past 12 years. In 2005, the City of Albuquerque purchased an indoor “Mondo” track for about $520,000. Since that time, the City has invested about $700,000 in the infrastructure of the track, building a facility that rivals the track built for the Beijing Olympics. Together, in partnership with the University of New Mexico, the City has hosted 12 annual track and field meets that have brought almost $19 million in revenue to Albuquerque businesses.
Recent upgrades have included a new Mondo eight lane, 60 meter infield, replaced in 2013, a new Long Jump runway, added in 2013, which is NCAA Division 1 required, and new Mondo surfacing of the oval, replacing the ten year-old surface, in 2016. These upgrades have enticed track and field programs from all over the country to bring their talents to Albuquerque for competitions like the Mountain West Championships, the NCAA Division I National Champions, the Annual Don Kirby Invitational, which brought in more than 800 competitors, and the USA Track & Field National Championships, gave Albuquerque’s indoor track facility a chance to shine on national television.
Hosting competitions big and small has had a direct impact on Albuquerque’s economy, bringing in millions in tourism dollars. Since Mayor Berry took office in 2009, the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the indoor track has brought in nearly $17.5 million in direct revenue for the city, by nearly 30,000 visiting athletes. Those visits resulted in more than 30,000 hotel room rentals. An estimated 42,000 spectators have also attended events at the indoor track.
This facility has also attracted some of the world’s best athletes to the Duke City. During Mayor Berry’s administration 87 athletes who competed in Albuquerque went on to represent their home countries in either the 2012 or 2016 Olympic Games. Four world records have been set at the facility. Three American records were shattered and a NCAA Collegiate record has also been set in the women’s 60 meter. In 2017 alone there were 60 athletes who achieved an NCAA or NAIA national qualifying performance by virtue of competing at the indoor track facility. Planning is already underway for the 2018 season.
“With our excellent weather, high altitude, and state-of-the-art facilities, Albuquerque is a perfect place for athletes to train and compete at the highest level,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “Over the past nine years, over 70,000 people have experienced our world-class indoor track facility, laying a solid foundation for our ever-important tourism industry to continue to thrive.”
“The indoor track facility has been an incredible resource not only for UNM but the City of Albuquerque with the immense economic impact it has had on our community. Local hotels, restaurants, rental companies, bus companies, and ABQ Sunport have all benefited from our home track meets. Having the indoor track facility has allowed UNM to produce four NCAA champions in indoor track over the last eight years, and also provide all visiting teams with one of the fastest track facilities in the world,” said University of New Mexico Head Track Coach Joe Franklin.

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