America please fix this fiasco.
America please fix this fiasco.
It's time for a RESET at Eugene. Nike has got to replace the amateur clowns. This is the sort of attendance we have for T&F on the 2023 world scene:
Florence 10,000 at interim local football venue
Another aspect the Diamond League has to take into account are Oregon home football games. They hosted Hawai'i on Saturday evening. There are positives and negatives. Positive is that there are 52,000 already on campus for a sporting event - maybe they'd also like to see events?
There are also a lot of negatives - pressure on airfare, food, hotel, etc. Maybe a family of 4 chooses between Oregon football and the Diamond League because of the cost of attendance.
And this hits another general point. It doesn't matter where the Diamond League would put its final if it's choosing to do so in mid-September in the US. That is the busiest time of the year for everyone. Pro, college, high school and youth sports (soccer, football, cross country, etc.). The beginning of the school year. My kid runs cross-country. There is no way he could ever attend this final, no matter where it's located.
Move that Final back to mid-August and the League has a chance to gain a significant in-person audience.
It was sold out, so it's not like you can bring in more people by selling more tickets.
how would YOU fix it?
A bigger stadium in a city with an international airport.
Why do we need 1 to 2 threads on this per day?
Do people not understand that Track and Field, or as the rest of the world calls it, “Athletics,” is more popular everywhere than it is in the United States?
Also I read somewhere that the capacity at Hayward is somewhere around 13,000, give or take. The pictures and video I saw of the meet showed me that a lot of those seats were filled.
I don’t have a solution but from here on out, there should be a stipulation that if you start one of these threads that you also offer a viable solution. Don’t just b1tch & moan.
The seats at Hayward Field are green.
Don't ask me how I know.
Philadelphia or LA, perhaps?
Atlanta weather in September can be iffy. LA would be great, IMHO, using LA Coliseum.
Franklin Field in Philly has a large capacity.
Just because the meet is moved to a bigger stadium doesn’t mean that more people from the US will attend. The additional spectra would need to come from the rest of the world.
As I said in my other post, the sport’s popularity is limited here.
3/4ths sold from the pictures I see of Sat & Sun PreClassic. It's so tiny compared to Arab and Euro and China though.
Eugene meet should be in Portland.
But the final is held more or less at the same time (september) every year. This makes me doubt that somehow everything would be better if you pushed it one month back? I think there is allways a bunch of excuses and things that are happening in every host city, but maybe they have done a better job at sizing the stadium?
Hayward Field only holds about 12,000 spectators. So at best the attendance would have gone from 9,000 up to 12,000.
The REAL issue is that most people in the US don't want to go to a track meet. No matter what city in the US would have held the Diamond League Final, there still wouldn't have been 40,000 or 50,000 spectators like some of the other Diamond League meets had.
Move the Final back to Europe, and move Pre Classic back to May.
Your solution is to hold the meet in the LA Coliseum that doesn't even have a track?
Having a TRACK meet without a TRACK would probably not work out so well.
Monaco is old stadium, wrapped by tall buildings. Yet the the DL meeting sells out every year.
My suggestion would be to switch Eugene to August (or another month?) and not make it the final. Have the September final in a city where there are not 1,000 other academic and/or sporting events going on that will draw from ticket sales. The final will never draw in September in the United States. There's just too much happening and not enough interest.
Where will everyone run in 2028? It won't be at the Coliseum?
This is my question too. Eugene is indeed isolated, but where exactly was it supposed to go with 50K in attendance? My guess is Eugene could have made the stadium as big as they wanted, but they chose smallish and intimate. Not sure if loud.
All I know is the announcers rave every single time anything goes there about how much everyone loved it.
What is the intention of this post?? Please stop posting this every year. Lets run nerds don't let this garbage back on the board next year. Folks Phil Knight built the track in Eugene. Nike runs track and field in the USA. Phil will always get this meet. Even if one person showed up. Moot point to discuss this. Waste time on something else. Lets run nerds don't let this on the boards next year. Tell the original poster moot point. Stop the nonsense.