Arkansas to Host NCAA Indoors Through 2005
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas and its track and field program received much anticipated news on Wednesday when it was confirmed that the University would be the host for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships through 2005.
The University of Arkansas has been the host of the NCAA Indoor Championships ever since construction of the Randal Tyson Track Center was completed in the winter of 2000. Over the three years of the championships, more than 30,000 people have been in attendance for the event and seen 19 championship and collegiate records broken over that time.
“We have always considered it a privilege to host NCAA events here on our campus,” Arkansas Women’s Athletics Director Bev Lewis said. “To have the opportunity to host a national championship for three more years is both an honor for the University and a credit to our staff’s hard work the past three years.”
Arkansas was one of several sites to bid on the championship for the next three years but got the approval of the NCAA Track and Field Committee and the NCAA Championships cabinet after all factors were considered. Some of the most important votes of confidence came from athletes and coaches who have traveled to Fayetteville over the past three years.
Both the Arkansas men and women will also get the benefit of running at home for the next three years for the national championship. The Razorback men won the first ever team national championship in any sport in Fayetteville in 2000 and three Lady Razorbacks and three Razorbacks have won individual championships since the Tyson Center first hosted the event in 2000.
The 2003 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held March 14-15, 2003 at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
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