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  • Husky Dude
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    I'm not sure what's wrong with euculyptus trees but is there another track stadiumin the countrythat has a big screen videoboard that matches that one at Stanford? In fact, are there many FOOTBALL stadiums tht do?

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  • mike renfro
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    As to the PR in TJ alluded to, Banks' mark is the best I have seen. Mary has two 17.92s from WCs in '87 & '01.

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  • Class Clown
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    >I'll be happy if there is never another Nationals in that place. You
    >can keep your damned eucalyptus forests and $39 meals.>>

    Yeah, but do you get koala bears in Indianapolis? Come to think of it, are there any trees of any kind in Indy?

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  • gh
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    >I went to Indy twice, '85 & '88. In '85 I made a motel reservation without
    >looking at a map. I had asked the chain for a motel "near the track". Oh,
    >they have ANOTHER track? >>

    Don't worry Mike, you're in good company. The first time Nationals was in Indy, WR setter John Powell called the Chambeer of Commerce for "a motel right by the track" and he too ended up in Speedway, Indiana!

    (ps: if you've never done it, the museum out at the racecourse--and a ride around the brickyard in a bus--is worth the trip)

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  • marknhj
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    Hey Steve, I'm 20 mins from Carson where the 2005 meet is being held, we should do a trade!

    I was at Stanford 2 years ago, what was the problem? My only one was it was bloody hot during the day followed by a freezing late afternoon wind that forced me to fork out for a Stanford sweatshirt. It was packed.

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  • trackstar
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    >In '88, I had my first (and so far only) bad heat
    >experience. On the first day, I essentially collapsed, staggered over to an
    >aid station and was hosed down. I really underestimated the effects of
    >humidity.

    Are you coming to Austin for the NCAAs? Drink early and often. And contrary to the stereotype of Texas as one big desert, it is very humid here. The dry desert part of the state is west of here.

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  • Jefferson Buffalo
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    >>Bank's 17.97 is the only PR which outstrips my wife's.<<

    Do we dare ask what that means?

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  • mike renfro
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    I went to Indy twice, '85 & '88. In '85 I made a motel reservation without looking at a map. I had asked the chain for a motel "near the track". Oh, they have ANOTHER track? I could take a bus to the meet, but they stopped running after and the taxis were a budget buster. Bank's 17.97 is the only PR which outstrips my wife's.

    In '88, I had my first (and so far only) bad heat experience. On the first day, I essentially collapsed, staggered over to an aid station and was hosed down. I really underestimated the effects of humidity.

    Both meets were very good and suprising to me, there were some good restaurants. I had expected midwest meat and potatoes. Wrongo. I guess there is a little chauvanist in us all.

    PS. Why would anyone move to watch PV. You can see that from pretty much anywhere in a stadium. It is the horizontal jumps which are hard, and in that period, the US had spectacular horizontal jumpers.

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  • EPelle
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    Or saved your money and taken an excursion trip on BART. Or a hot dog, coke and an ice cream at Pac Bell Park (ticket sold separately).

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  • dl
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    There were plenty of things wrong with the last 2 nationals at Stanford, especially if you were up in the tornado path (press box), but both meets played to packed houses and were quite popular with the fans and local media.

    $39! Man, you could've eaten very well (at least according to my plebian tastes) on 1/3 of that in Palo Alto.

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  • trackstar
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    >But if they are sooooo loyal, then they most certainly will travel to where
    >ever the meet is held?

    Lack of money will trump loyalty every time. I've never made it to USATF, and I would love to dearly, but I have two little mouths and a mortgate banker to feed. I made it to Bislett in Oslo last summer, and unless my or my wife's incomes rise dramatically in the near future (not likely for a journalist and teacher, respectively) or I hit the lotto, I think I'll be lucky to do it again this decade.

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  • gm
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    Well, having been at both, all I can say is that Indy '97 was a far piece better experience for me than those godawful Stanford affairs the past two years.

    I'll be happy if there is never another Nationals in that place. You can keep your damned eucalyptus forests and $39 meals.

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  • highjumpsteve
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    >In the '80s, Indy was a fabulous place to stage the Nationals. That was when
    >the city was aflush with thoughts of being the "amateur sports capital of the
    >USA." Problem is, in came Colts, along came the Pacers and those lofty dreams
    >apparently went out the window.

    When we last went to Indy for USATF, in '97,
    >the attendance was about as pathetic as I've seen at at Nationals. Right down
    >there with such dogs as Houston '89 and Cerritos '90. There was a running joke
    >about how it would have been cheaper and easier for meet management to put ID
    >lanyards around the paying customers instead of people who were accredited,
    >because the paying customers were vastly outnumbered.

    I don't tell this
    >story to poke fun at Indy. I really did enjoy the good days there and agree
    >that the sport needs to have a major league presence in varying locales. I just
    >hope the populace responds in kind.

    Well said above by Garry, both the positives and the negatives.... and being an Indy-ite I've been there for every single event held from 1982 onward.

    Many mistakes by many different parties back in '97... then to really kill it, Michael Johnson pulled out.

    Hopefully the '97 fiasco will be the catalyst for success in 2006 and again in 2007. I will be quite surprised if this is not the case.

    See y'all here then.

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  • EPelle
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    Permit the fans in the stands to take a swig, and bet on athletes. The swig part may not fly, but the athlete-betting is such an incredibly strong force at CA Arcadia and CA State Meets.

    I was in the stands at Arcadia in 1988 when South Oak Cliff and Hawthorne had a heated 4x400m battle staged with the anchor legs left to sort out the victor and loser. Money floated over my head, under my chin, between my dinner and program and behind my back as "fans" layed it down and picked their winners. Hawthorne benefitted from a 45,xx split from Curtis Conway to win the event in an ever-so-close national-leading time. The four state meets and two Arcadia events I have been to - in front of sold-out crowds - have been a circus in the stands.

    Then again, the beer and beverage idea may not be too far off, as I quoted on an earlier thread:

    Here:s one for you: OFFER BEER, FANS WILL COME!

    http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/story/7324584

    TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping to tap into larger crowds by offering unlimited free beer to season-ticket holders.

    But the sudsy sale may not reach its goal if safe-driving advocates have their way...>>

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  • gh
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    In the '80s, Indy was a fabulous place to stage the Nationals. That was when the city was aflush with thoughts of being the "amateur sports capital of the USA." Problem is, in came Colts, along came the Pacers and those lofty dreams apparently went out the window.

    When we last went to Indy for USATF, in '97, the attendance was about as pathetic as I've seen at at Nationals. Right down there with such dogs as Houston '89 and Cerritos '90. There was a running joke about how it would have been cheaper and easier for meet management to put ID lanyards around the paying customers instead of people who were accredited, because the paying customers were vastly outnumbered.

    I don't tell this story to poke fun at Indy. I really did enjoy the good days there and agree that the sport needs to have a major league presence in varying locales. I just hope the populace responds in kind.

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