So nobody went for the reduced $330 Motel 6 rooms?
Yep just said exact same thing.
It's the DL final ?! Madness. Imagine if this had been in London... or anywhere more appropriate...
USATF needs to stop letting Nike dictate everything. Eugene is a proven bust!
a) the meet literally just started
b) there are almost no tickets available, on the meet website or on Stub Hub, so people obviously just bought and didn't show (yet).
a) if you are a fan you dont miss mens 400h
b)and yet the stands are not full but always full in europe
Fortunately Seb Coe said during Worlds that they wont send events to hosts that cant fill the stands - and singled out Eugene and Doha.
Nike is by far the biggest sponsor of track and field in the US. Some people don't like that.
But the one thing worse than Nike being the biggest sponsor would be if Nike decided not to sponsor track in the US at all. That would be really bad.
And yet Eugene and Doha are both Diamond League meets, so Coe's comments mean nothing.
Bingo. Nike owns USATF. Owns it. They get to do what they want.
Still seems to be at least 2x as many people there than were at USA’s!
Now a ways into the meet, so my first point no longer stands. I seriously don't understand it. When I want to go to meets at Hayward, this isn't the first time where tickets were super hard to come by, but then there are tons of open seats.
It's so hard to take seriously. That Nike have broken out special singlets that are... the exact same as their normal singlets but slightly off-shade UofO colours is the cherry on top for making this feel like it's a US High School championship event sponsored by Nike, not one of the pinnacles of professional track and field.
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Not sure how much the tickets cost but the attendance looks shocking.
Almost as bad as the empty stands, is 7 women lining up for the steeplechase in the exact same Nike kits.
Is incredibly confusing for any casual fan who is trying to a) track an athlete during the race b) assumed them wearing the same kit is someway meaningful.
Budapest had more on any given morning qualification round than Eugene has in Day 1 finals.
Yesterday, I got two tickets for Sunday, five rows up from the track on the first curve, for $46 each.
Don't know why some of you get so worked up about this. If people want to go to a track meet, fine. If they don't, fine.
Exactly. Literally true. Some also forget that Coe is loyal to the Swoosh. (Feel free to post a pic of him wearing something else.) So yeah, they seem to run T&F in the US for many purposes.