I can't believe this actually happened. I ran track in NYC for high school, and almost every weekend we had a meet at the Armory. I really love and appreciate the Armory, and still get excited every time I get to race there. That being said, I truly believe that this decision takes away something VERY special about the Millrose Games.
During my senior year of high school, my team qualified for the Millrose Games. On the night that we qualified, all four of us ran MUCH better than we had leading up to that point, and most of us ran better than we would for the rest of the year. Coming from a high school where track was downplayed, probably even more than it was at most other schools, we fought for our chance in a big arena. On the night of Millrose, we had a less than stellar performance. Nonetheless, that was one of the most exciting nights of my life. I'll never forget walking out of the warm up area and into the middle of the stadium. The fact that it wasn't full didn't bother us at all. We ran our race, had our moment to shine, and then stood by the track to watch the Wannamaker mile. It was unbelievable. Not even the Penn Relays can compare to the feeling of running at MSG. That night at the Garden was the night that I realized how much I love the sport, and it was when I decided I wanted to do everything I could to keep running in college even though I never dreamed that I'd see the Garden from that perspective again.
Now, in college, I've had the opportunity to run at many other venues. None of the tracks that I have visited has come even close to matching the experience or excitement of running at Madison Square Garden, not even racing at the Penn Relays. Now that it's moved to the Armory, I wouldn't be surprised if it fades until it becomes viewed just another weekend meet at the Armory, where some pros, college athletes, and high school athletes just happen to be racing at the same meet.
The times will undoubtedly get faster, but that just means that there's one more chance to run a fast time in a season that's viewed as less important than cross country or outdoor track. Many athletes who run at the Millrose Games ran a qualifying time at the Armory or at another banked indoor track, so it's not like one more race there would benefit them.
I truly feel sorry for the future runners who will never be able to experience the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden.