"Track has that very stiff feeling of 'There's the track, they're on the track, I can't get on the track, so I'll stand on the side. I would have been mobbed like that at Drake [Relays], if they'd allowed them on the track. But they don't allow that."
"It would be exaggeration to pronounce the debut of the American Track League a rousing success" and "It’s a baby step. But we’re moving in the right direction."
Mark Hollis went 18'8" in the pole vault and De'Sean Turner 8:33.89 in the steeple in the meet that hopes to entertain and let fans onto the track. Hopefully they can get the marketing down and attract bigger crowds.
The series of track meets will strive for fan interaction and entertainment by having them hold blocks for competitors, earn a spot in the 100 field and by having live music and a dance team. Lolo Jones and Lashinda Demus are the big names for Friday.
The meets will feature live music as well as other innovations such as having fans in the crowd come down to hold sprinters' starting blocks for them. The meets will also be on TV.
On how these meets are different than typical track meets Doyle said, "The biggest thing is the entertainment aspect of these meets. It's not rocket science but adding a choreographed program with entertainment pieces and no down-time between events makes for a much more entertaining presentation and experience. Brining the fans close up to the athletes, especially in the field events, having a dance team, live upbeat music... These are all things that change the fan experience. We have to evolve and make our sport more entertaining if we are going to gain exposure and build a fan base."
"The American Track League will be a series of international caliber track and field meets throughout the United States. The meet structure is designed to be quick and exciting with little lag time between events and with live music played throughout the meet. ... The feel of the meet will be much like that of a track meet within a rock concert."