With just a few days to go before the competition starts on Wednesday, work crews are busy setting up cyclone fencing, adding porta potties, pitching tents and generally getting the Alex G. Spanos stadium ready to handle up to 40,000 fans.
"It’s very exciting. It’s a big event, it’s great for the campus, it’s great for the community." The university’s associate athletic director Bill Macriss says 1,100 of the country’s top track and field college athletes are coming to compete. "You’ve got a very high level of competition here in fact we’ve got three athletes that won gold medals in Athens that are going to be back competing."
Sacramento State hosted the NCAA championships two years ago and just last year the Olympic Track and Field Trials. Macriss says each event is a boom to the local economy. "There’s got to be millions of dollars that go into this economy between hotels and restaurants and travel and rental cars and so yeah it’s a very good thing for Sacramento."
A delayed version of this week’s track meet will be nationally televised by CBS.