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  • Who Would Have Thought 10 Years Ago???

    That the LA Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Games, whould rip off their track in the mid 90s and end up hosting the X-Games on primetime network television (ABC) in 2003 (know it's taped, but still...)?

    Has track stooped this low in the United States?

  • #2
    Re: Who Would Have Thought 10 Years Ago???

    so a stadium can not be used for anything but track?

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    • #3
      Re: Who Would Have Thought 10 Years Ago???

      Has track stooped this low in the U.S.? The answer is HELL YES!

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      • #4
        Re: Who Would Have Thought 10 Years Ago???

        >so a stadium can not be used for anything but
        >track?

        Yes it can be used for other sports. But one must remember. Besides a symbol for football, the LA Coliseum was one of the prime symbols of American track and field. It had the '32 and '84 Olympics. It also housed the famous USA v. USSR dual meets of the 60s. When the groundskeepers tore the track off in the mid 90s, they tore off a giant piece of track and field history as well.

        And now, the X-Games are in the Coliseum, being shown on primetime network TV. And you know what? the crowd shown would probably outnumber an LA Coliseum track meet in 2003 (if the LAC still had track)! Peace.

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        • #5
          Re: Who Would Have Thought 10 Years Ago???

          L.A. has always been a great place for track and field. Great meets, great athletes, and a great history. The only problem is that the L.A. Colosseum, as you know so well, has terrible parking.

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          • #6
            Re: Who Would Have Thought 10 Years Ago???

            WIth the emphasis on great HISTORY!

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            • #7
              Re: Who Would Have Thought 10 Years Ago???

              They did the same thing at Ohio State a few years ago when they renovated the stadium. They tore off the track and built a new 10,000 seat T&F stadium named after Jesse Owens. Not directly comparable th the L.A. Colliseum,but sad to some still the same.For one thing the stadium was where Owens ran (although the cinder track had been replaced) and another that it was an admission they will never draw more than 10,000 to a track meet.

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              • #8
                Re: Who Would Have Thought 10 Years Ago???

                with the Raiders alreadz in the coliseum, it was alreadz a given in 84 that track there was toast.

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                • #9
                  Re: Who Would Have Thought 10 Years Ago???

                  >That the LA Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984
                  >Games, whould rip off their track in the mid 90s
                  >and end up hosting the X-Games on primetime
                  >network television (ABC) in 2003 (know it's
                  >taped, but still...)?

                  Has track stooped this
                  >low in the United States?

                  Yep, but that is what track & field gets for not marketing our sport well.

                  Part of the X Games' prime-time broadcast was taped, but some of it was live. Attendance for the X Games' freestyle motorcross in the Coliseum was about 43,000. Thanks to sponsorship, organizers were able to keep ticket prices low (as low as $5) for the primarily young audience. The spectators also genuinely looked like they were having fun, which helped make it fun to watch. Track & field meets in America could use a jolt of spectator enthusiasm because, relay meets aside, they're usually dry as toast.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Who Would Have Thought 10 Years Ago???

                    >Part of the X Games'
                    >prime-time broadcast was taped, but some of it
                    >was live. Attendance for the X Games' freestyle
                    >motorcross in the Coliseum was about 43,000.

                    Bread and circuses for the masses. I've heard that there is something called Survivor and something else called "Fill in the Country" Idol that draws a lot of viewers too.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Who Would Have Thought 10 Years Ago???

                      Just FYI: If you want to go to a track meet in the ambience with the MOST history and atmosphere, go to Stockholm.

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