Ticket Plan Announced for 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships / by Scott Bush

PORTLAND, Ore. – All-session tickets for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships go on sale to the public on Thursday, May 28 it was announced by TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna.

The 16th edition of the biennial meet – which features more than 600 athletes from as many as 214 different countries from around the world – will be held March 17-20 in Portland. It begins at the Moda Center with the men’s and women’s pole vault on March 17, followed by three full days of competition in a temporary 7,000-seat stadium at the Oregon Convention Center. The pole vault will be free to the public.

Before those tickets are available online and via the Tickets West call center, however, TrackTown USA invites those in the Portland area to come down to Pioneer Courthouse Square from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 for a special opportunity to purchase tickets in person at the Portland 2016 Countdown Celebration.

Besides the chance to buy tickets one day in advance of the public ticket launch, you can enjoy the “TrackTown Experience” with a festival atmosphere of live music, food, beverages, youth activities, photo opportunities and the unveiling of an 18-foot tall digital clock, locally designed and built as a legacy to the event, that will count down the days until the official start of the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Countdown Celebration will feature a panel of world-class track and field athletes, including Bernard Lagat (USA), Sally Kipyego (Oregon Track Club Elite, Kenya), Renaud Lavillenie (France) and Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia). Lavillenie holds the world record in the pole vault with a clearance of 20 feet, 2 ½ inches (6.16m). Dibaba is the world indoor record-holder in three events: 1,500m (3:55.17), 3,000m (8:16.60) and 5,000m (14:18.86).

Lananna and representatives from USA Track & Field and the Portland Mayor’s office will also speak at the Countdown Celebration. Pioneer Courthouse Square will be the hub of all public activities during the meet and the site of all athlete medal ceremonies.

Due to high demand in the sports-crazed metropolis of Portland, event organizers believe the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships will be one of the hottest tickets ever in the sport of track and field.

In addition to the men’s and women’s pole vault at the Moda Center, the competition at the OCC will feature two sessions on Friday, March 18, two sessions on Saturday, March 19 and one session on Sunday, March 20. Only all-session ticket packages are available. The maximum number of ticket packages that can be purchased is six.

The all-session ticket packages are available at three price levels:

Lower Bowl Seating ($385)

Bleachers – Straightaway ($295)

Bleachers – Turns ($225)

So, don’t delay. Mark your calendar to be at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland on Wednesday, May 27 from 3-7 p.m. to buy your tickets for this historic event and take part in a celebration of the sport of track and field.