I was at Zurich this year and 2016. I can understand the excitement of a first time visitor as the event is really spectacular. It's a motivating track and field experience to be surrounded by so many fans of the sport. Very classy fans.
Lots of children (the coaches and track team connection) and young (hot) fans. This is not the jeans and t shirt crowd of Switzerland.
Close to the track seating you find sections of screeching girls begging the athletes for a picture.
This years edition of Zurich produced any number of great moments, Sir Mo Farah's heart pounding final race among the selection.
The Zurich event makes you feel the sport is alive and thriving with a bright future ahead.
Amazing athletics, fireworks, amazing capacity crowd, beautiful stadium, beer, EXCITEMENT. trolley car ride back to the hotel.
So yeah, I can see why Zurich would blow the mind.
I have Been to Pre many times, it is really great but the Friday night race can be a bit lackluster and it's not full capacity many times. I was disappointed with TrackTown a bit.
The Jamaican School Champs are amazing but exhausting over a week. And the noise is overwhelming. But I will say the Jamaicans are REAL track and field fans. The only place I have been where I witnessed the doormen at the hotel talking about track and field and argue about who should be on the relay. In Jamaica its is not uncommon to find yourself talking about track at the pub with the bartender or some other patron.