Track and field is really struggling as a spectator sport in American (and world wide).
I think it is imperative that things be done with the fans in mind even at Championship events.
TV should have priority over people in stadium as way more people watch on TV but the days of putting on boring track meets needs to be over.
With that in mind, why is the USATF meet tomorrow from Noon-until 6pm. First of all 6 hours is way to long if you actually want people to come watch. The official part of the meet after the opening ceremony is a more manageable 2:15 but its from 3:45-6pm. That is a terrible time for fans.
I could understand if this was being done because the meet was going to be on live TV but it isn't. It's going to be streamed online with tape delay broadcast later that night.
Does USATF not think about these things? Or were they planning hoping for live TV and that didn't happen?
On the positive side of things, the world indoor organizers (could be same people who put meet Friday afternoon) gave away free tickets and 2 free beers to the opening night to Portland Timber (soccer) fans which is a great idea. The opening night is just opening ceremonies and pole vault so you might as well try and get some people in the stadium and get them going. The days of putting on boring track meets need to end.