bad enough they have nxn there...
let's get these guys on a real course
They have done West Regionals at Blue Lake Park in Portland before. I like the course myself.
My Name is Judge wrote:
I think Vin should just make some new course somewhere outside of Eugene. Could you think of any other suitable locations in the Eugene or Portland areas?
Portland Meadows is not zoned for big box stores. The majority of the site has an industrial zoning. The way the operating agreement is structured also makes it unlikely it will be redeveloped anytime soon. Whatever goes there next, I'd almost guarantee it won't be a big box store. Not unless there is new leadership in Portland. I have not heard anything about redevelopment plans, of any kind, on the site.
Big Box wrote:
Big Box stores are coming. Portland Meaddows is gonzo. Sold to developers.
The McIver course is beautiful! Somewhat fast, but still "real" cross country. Enough of this Fall Grass Track Championships nonsense. Everyone knows the top track studs will win when it's basically a track race. Let the mudders and hilltoppers have a chance for once!
muddy girl wrote:
Portland Meadows is an asinine place for ANY xc meet, even a hokey HS "national championship" meet. (The Oregon HS meet is elsewhere) Putting the NCAAs there is ridiculous, but Nike probably got a good deal on the rental.
Rumor has it that Vin tried to get U of P coach Conner to go in on a joint bid, though I can't imagine Rob would go for the horse track.
There are decent courses in Oregon, although I disagree that Blue Lake was particularly good (it's pancake flat), but it's probably a lot better than the Meadows.
Fort Vancouver (just across the river from Portland) hosted the USA championships a couple of times and its a great course. Due to the base there, I think there are some restrictions as to its use, but it's been done several times.. There was a smaller college championship on it last year.
Personally, I like the McIver course in Estacada as well, but it's about 30 miles outside of Portland - so probably too far, but it could accommodate the field.
They had USATF clubs at the Meadows (attached as a second-class, afterthought event to the NXN) and it was a disaster. This is a stupid idea and makes the state look like it doesn't even know what a xc course should look like.