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    From the Sacto Bee Saturday:

    http://www.sacbee.com/content/sports/st ... 4026c.html

    Bad-timing award
    Thunderstorms prompted the crowd at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be evacuated three times during Wednesday's first day of competition in Austin, Texas.
    Will that be bad news for Austin and good news for Sacramento? Those cities are the two finalists to host the NCAA meet for three consecutive years.

    A decision is expected this month.

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    Can someone explain to me how a little state school attracts such big meets?

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    • #3
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      >Can someone explain to me how a little state school attracts such big meets?

      The "little" state school, which has about 23,000 undergrads, is situated in a metropolitan area of 1.7M. That's between the size of Portland (2.3M) and Austin (1.3M). The local Sports Commission puts in the bid, not the university except as a conduit.

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        The "little" state school, which has about 23,000 undergrads, is situated in a metropolitan area of 1.7M. That's between the size of Portland (2.3M) and Austin (1.3M). The local Sports Commission puts in the bid, not the
        >university except as a conduit.

        sorry - I meant little in national renown (no slam intended). Are no other bigger track areas interested? LA, Eugene, Indy, etc. interested? Why is Sacto so motivated?

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        • #5
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          The local Sports Commission puts in the bid, not
          >the
          >university except as a conduit.

          sorry - I meant little in national
          >renown (no slam intended). Are no other bigger track areas interested? LA,
          >Eugene, Indy, etc. interested? Why is Sacto so motivated?

          The City "fathers" have big ambitions, and want Sacto to become like Indianapolis--a center for mid-sized sports championships.

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          • #6
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            " The City "fathers" " (you sexist pig!)

            usually translates into one pushy guy at or near the top. Does Sacto have such a guy?

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            • #7
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              >From the Sacto Bee
              >Saturday:

              http://www.sacbee.com/content/sports/st ... 4026c.html\n>
              Bad-timing award
              Thunderstorms prompted the crowd at the NCAA Division I
              >Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be evacuated three times during
              >Wednesday's first day of competition in Austin, Texas.
              Will that be bad news
              >for Austin and good news for Sacramento?

              I would hope those storms would be good for Austin -- they were atypical (heat, not rain, is usually our problem), and the way UT officials handled the crisis I would think made them look very good. Past Wednesday, the rain really wasn't much of a factor, except for the stifling humidity.
              "Run fast and keep turning left."

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              • #8
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                >" The City "fathers" " (you sexist pig!)

                "parents" sounded too PC... ;^)

                usually translates into one
                >pushy guy at or near the top. Does Sacto have such a guy?

                No, it's pretty much a "groupthink". The former late mayor Joe Serna started it, but the others have picked it up.

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                • #9
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                  wish more cities had forward thinkers like that!

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                  • #10
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                    I think the Sacramento hard charger is Alex Spanos, the owner of the SD Chargers. He footed a lot of the bill for the upgrade to Hornet Stadium, which resulted in 2 OT and an NCAA. Don't know if he is still involved.

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                    • #11
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                      >I think the Sacramento hard charger is Alex Spanos, the owner of the SD
                      >Chargers. He footed a lot of the bill for the upgrade to Hornet Stadium, which
                      >resulted in 2 OT and an NCAA. Don't know if he is still involved.

                      He's the deep pockets, but he has ambitions up and down the Central Valley. There's a group that pushes for a range of championship events that Spanos is not involved in, e.g., the NCAA B-Ball tourney and US Gymnastics champs.

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                      • #12
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                        Portland at 2.3M? The whole state of Oregon might hit that mark.

                        Bring the meet to Eugene. Leave it there and enjoy!

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                        • #13
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                          Two valid choices only: Baton Rouge or Austin.

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                          • #14
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                            Eugene already got the 2005 West Regional:

                            http://www.registerguard.com/news/2004/ ... .0615.html

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                            • #15
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                              >Two valid choices only: Baton Rouge or Austin.

                              The heat and humidity combination is horrendous for distance runners. Facing those conditions for several years in a row would only be disheartening for them. For sprinters, even Eugene is tolerable in most years. To be honest, Sacramento or San Diego would be the best compromise locations which have relatively consistent weather.

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