Free Tickets to Opening Ceremonies & Pole Vault Available March 4

PORTLAND, Ore. – A limited supply of free tickets to the Opening Ceremonies and Pole Vault competition at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 at the Oregon Convention Center will be made available to the public at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific) tomorrow, Friday, March 4.

Spectators may claim up to four tickets by visiting Portland2016.com/tickets, selecting the “Buy Tickets Here” button and choosing Session 1 for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016. Alternatively, customers may call Tickets West at +1-800-992-8499. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly since customers who have already purchased tickets to other sessions have already been seated.

The Opening Ceremonies will begin at 6:00 p.m. on March 17 at the Oregon Convention Center with a group of 50 children from Playworks, a non-profit organization serving more than 15,000 students from 31 low-income schools in the greater Portland area, carrying flags of each participating federation into the stadium and distributing them to spectators.

A traditional flag parade follows, in which all of the participating federations will be announced as their flag is carried around the track by a local student or volunteer. There will also be welcome addresses from IAAF President Sebastian Coe and TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna, with the opening declaration delivered by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.

The Pole Vault competition begins immediately after the conclusion of the Opening Ceremonies. The 12 men’s and women’s finalists will alternate jumps on separate runways on either side of the infield until the gold, silver and bronze medalists are determined.