EUGENE, Ore. – In the summer of 2008, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials returned to historic Hayward Field after a 28-year hiatus.
Who will ever forget the men’s 800-meter final?
In one of the most famous finishes in U.S. history, and a race that many argue re-established Eugene’s status as TrackTown USA, Oregon Track Club Elite’s Nick Symmonds was triumphant in first place; University of Oregon sophomore Andrew Wheating shocked even himself by placing second; and OTC Elite teammate Christian Smith dove across the finish line to complete the improbable hometown sweep.
The crowd of 20,949 erupted with such force that patrons having dinner at a restaurant three blocks away said the building actually shook.
Four years later, it was Ashton Eaton’s turn.
The OTC Elite star and UO alum provided the signature moment of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials when he broke the world record in the decathlon. The 21,795 fans in attendance were on their feet, cheering wildly, as he drove down the home straight in the 1,500m to make history with 9,039 points.
Tears flowed as his fiancée, Brianne Theisen, and his mother, Roslyn, rushed to join him on the track.
So, what will be the transcendent moment at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials? Who will tap into the magical connection between the fans and athletes at Hayward Field to deliver yet another unforgettable performance?
Don’t miss out.
All-session ticket packages for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials go on sale to the public on Monday, July 20 at 9 a.m. (Pacific).
The meet will be held July 1-10. There will be four days of competition, two rest days, and four more days of competition. This will be the sixth time that the U.S. Olympic Trials will be staged in TrackTown USA. The meet will determine which athletes represent the U.S. at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
All-session reserved seat ticket packages are available in five different price categories. (Additional fees may apply and VISA is the exclusive credit card.)
- Blue level: Sections A, B, C & D ($585)
- Yellow level: Sections E, F & U ($525)
- Black level: Sections N, O, P, Q, S & T ($465)
- Green level: Sections G, L & M ($395)
- Red level: Sections J & K ($295)
You can access the Hayward Field seating chart by clicking on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials page at GoTrackTownUSA.com. Beginning July 20, you can buy all-session tickets online at TrackTown16.com, by phoning 1-800-WEBFOOT (1-800-932-3668), or in person at the UO Athletics ticket office at Autzen Stadium.