New Mexico Awarded 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships
Nov. 1, 2012
Indianapolis, Ind. - The NCAA has named the Albuquerque Convention Center and the University of the New Mexico as the site and host, respectively, of the 2014 Men's and Women's Division I NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The 2014 championships, to be held on March 14-15, 2014, marks the first Division I track & field championships in Albuquerque history. At 5,312 feet (1,619 meters), the 2014 meet will also be the first ever competed at statistical "altitude" (over 1,000 meters, 3,280 feet). Boise State hosted the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships
"We are delighted to have been selected as host for 2014 Men's and Women's NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships," said Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. "It is a tribute to coach Joe Franklin and his staff that they have put UNM back in the national track spotlight."
Krebs added, "That spotlight is fitting given the great tradition of the sport of track & field in city of Albuquerque and at the University of New Mexico."
No stranger to major competition, Albuquerque has recently become a mecca for indoor track and field.
The Albuquerque Convention Center has hosted the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships for the past three years, and is scheduled to host it again for the next two in 2013 and 2014. The preeminent stateside track and field meet, the USATF Indoor Championships has attracted some of the nation's premier athletes to Albuquerque, including a number of Olympians.
Additionally, the Albuquerque Convention Center has also served as hosts of the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships and three-straight Mountain West Indoor Championships from 2010-12.
"This event could not be possible with the partnership of the city of Albuquerque, the convention and visitors bureau, the hotel community, our athletic department staff at UNM as well as many others," said Krebs.
Originally not designed as a track and field venue, the Convention Center's has become The Duke City's dedicated indoor track facility.
After hosting the 1987 Western Athletic Conference Championships in Tingley Coliseum at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque did not host a meet for almost two decades. However, in the spring of 2004, the City of Albuquerque learned of a $1 million unused and undamaged indoor track sitting in storage.
The state-of-the-art Mondo track had originally been ordered, then later declined, for use in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The track ended up at the Convention Center and debuted on Jan. 15, 2005 for the inaugural Albuquerque All-Comers meet.
The track is a 200-meter, 60-degree banked track that has 60-meter straight-aways running the entire length of the facility. The facility also includes men's and women's jumping runways and pits, as well as areas for shot put, pole vault and high jump events.