April 10, 2004 at 5:33 pm #1388
Monday, March 22, 2004
USATF announces 2004 Outdoor Golden Spike Tour schedule
INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field’s 2004 Outdoor Golden Spike Tour will
feature events at the world’s premiere relay carnival and four world-class
invitational meets as part of the U.S. domestic season that reaches its
zenith at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.
Including the Olympic Trials, six domestic USATF events will be
12 nationwide shows this spring and summer. NBC will air six broadcasts
throughout the year, with NBC and its cable partner airing 14 hours of
coverage from the Olympic Trials alone.
The elite USATF outdoor season kicks off on April 24 with USA vs. The
Presented by Verizon, a special event within the Penn Relays that pits
USA’s top talent against relay teams from around the world. Crowds of
40,000-50,000 have typically attended the Penn Relays in Philadelphia
year on the meet’s final day of competition, supporting USA vs. The
and all of the 110-year-old Penn Relays’ Championship of America events,
held at Franklin Field.
The Golden Spike Tour’s invitational meetings begin May 22 with the Home
Depot Invitational in Carson, Calif. In its first year in 2003, the meet
drew a capacity crowd of nearly 11,000 fans. In 2004, meet organizers
expanding the facility to hold 12,000.
The Tour continues May 31 with the U.S. Track & Field Open May 31 in
Stanford, California, where sell-out crowds have supported the Golden
Tour since 2000; on June 5 it moves to the adidas Oregon Track Classic
Portland, Oregon for a fast-growing event; and on June 19 it hits the
Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., for the country’s most prestigious
historic invitational meet.
American athletes will conclude their domestic outdoor schedule with the
U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field, held July 9-18 on the campus
California State University – Sacramento. More than 1,000 athletes will
compete in front of sell-out crowds for the right to represent Team USA
the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Each of the eights days of
competition at the 2000 Olympic Trials in Sacramento sold out, with more
than 187,000 fans attending the meet to set a new Olympic Trials record.
Now in its sixth year, the Golden Spike Tour provides America’s best
athletes the opportunity to compete in the United States, against fellow
Americans and top international competition, and earn substantial prize
money in front of a nationally televised audience. Sponsors of the 2004
Outdoor Golden Spike Tour are Nike, Verizon, Visa, Sunny D Intense Sport
Drink, General Motors and Bengay.
For more information on USA Track & Field and the Golden Spike Tour,
2004 USA Track & Field Outdoor Schedule
April 24 *USA vs. The World Presented by Verizon
Philadelphia, Pa. (Franklin Field)
May 22 *Home Depot Invitational
Carson, Calif. (Home Depot Center)
May 31 *U.S. Open
Stanford, Calif. (Cobb Track and Angell Field)
June 5 *adidas Oregon Track Classic
Portland, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC)
June 19 * Nike Prefontaine Classic
Eugene, Ore. (Hayward Field)
July 9-18 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field
Calif. (Alex G. Spanos Complex)
* Denotes Golden Spike Tour meet
2004 USATF Outdoor TV schedule
(All Times Eastern; check local listings)
Network Time Date
USA vs. The World, Presented by Verizon NBC 4:30-6 p.m.
LIVE April 24
Home Depot Invitational NBC
4-6 p.m. LIVE May 22
9-10 p.m. June 1
adidas Oregon Track Classic ESPN2 6-7
p.m. LIVE June 5
Nike Prefontaine Classic ESPN2
9:30-11 p.m. June 19
U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field
partner July 9-12, 15-18
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