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RE: Eugene
Lose the Worlds. Keep Hayward as is. The ambience there is truly exceptional as everyone who competes and spectates at HHF knows well. Even Katherine Merry's strangely Tolkeinesque announcing can't dull the thrill of the sight of the sun sparking on the stands and track and the top-class competitors lining up to the roar of the crowd. Even the swirling wind adds to the intrigue...were the sprints and 110H windy, or not??!

Too bad Alan Webb wasn't permitted to call the Bowerman Mile while young J. Ingebrigtsen began his final backstretch drive. He came past the stands and threw T-shirts to the crowd but he could have been used to hype everyone - incluing himself - up a little more.

HHF is awesome. The example of welcome, sportsmanship and appreciation of athletic excellence is bettered by no crowd in the entire world. Even for less high-profile events like the shot, the spectators know what's good, what's not, and what's great, even before the shot lands and they clearly signal their appreciation of these performances.

I have attended GP and DL meets in Europe including at the iconic Crystal Palace on a number of occasions including when JE set his UK ACR of 17.88 and can tell you all, the atmosphere was nowhere near as engaged, positive and knowlegeable as it as at PRE. The athletes all mean it sincerely when they acknowledge the HHF crowd. EMPHASIS ON the FIRST H!!

HHF the only T&F venue in the Americas that rivals or surpasses most European DL stadia. Everyone around me at Hayward @ PRE was bitching about the same problem, the new stadium. We all know that grandiose construction projects are growth coalition politics at work using public land grant facilities as a football. Sooo.... tell them all (Knight, IAAF cronies) to F off and keep Hayward the way it is.

NAHF NewAnodyneHaywardField - can F OFF.

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