May 13, 2004

Trials set to return to campus

Graphic: Olympics Track & Field Trials logo

CSUS is ready to repeat its record-setting success by hosting the 2004 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials for a second consecutive time July 9 to 18, making Sacramento the first city to host back-to-back Trials in 24 years.

The 2000 trials at the University were the best attended U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in history, bringing 187,104 people to campus over an eight-day run. Daily attendance averaged 23,338.

Olympic Trials will bring parking changes

The campus will once again host the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. This year’s event will be July 9 to 18.

When the campus hosted the Trials in 2000 the average daily crowd was more than 23,000. As a result, though the campus will continue to operate in its summer mode while hosting the Trials, some parking restrictions will be in place:

  • Beginning July 9 employees are advised to park on the north end of campus. With the exception of about 500 parking spaces, the parking lots south of Sinclair Road will be used to accommodate Trials parking. The lots north of Sinclair Road will be reserved for campus use.
  • During the Trials, use of daily parking permits will be modified. Daily permits will only be sold in parking lot 2 and daily parking will be restricted to about 350 spaces in that lot. Once the designated area in Lot 2 is full, no other daily permit parking will be available. One-week temporary permits and summer permits are available at the Student Financial Services Center in Lassen Hall and at the UTAPS office in Foley Hall.
  • On the eight days of actual competition – July 9 -12 and July 15 - 18, the south half of State University Drive West will be closed to through traffic. State University Drive West will be blocked from Sinclair Road south to Stadium Way. Traffic traveling north and south on the campus will need to use State University Drive East.
    A campus map with detailed Trials information is available on the University transportation and parking website at www.csus.edu/utaps.
    For more information, contact Nancy Fox at 278-5241 or Ron Grant at 278-6014.

Three American records were set at the 2000 Trials as well as one world record – set by Stacy Dragila, a graduate of Placer High School in Auburn, who pole vaulted 15 feet 2 ¼ inches and went on to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

More than 10,000 eight-day passes costing from $600 to $360 have already been sold for the 2004 Trials, and eight seating sections of Hornet Stadium are sold out. Four-day passes are also available now for either the first four days (July 9 to 12) or the second four days (July 15 to18) of competition, and are priced from $140 to $80. A limited number of single-day tickets go on sale May 15. Single-day tickets are priced from $35 to $20.

Multiple-day passes and a complete schedule of the trials are available from The Sacramento Sports Commission at www.sacsports.com/2004trials or at 566-6560.

Individual tickets are available from the CSUS Ticket Office at 278-4323 or at Tickets.com starting Saturday, May 15. The CSUS Ticket Office will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15.



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