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Jacksonville to host 2015, 2016 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships regional

The NCAA announced Thursday that it will hold the regional rounds of the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Championships at the University of North Florida.

The events will be held at UNF’s Hodges Stadium. The 9,400-seat complex opened in 2004 and is home to UNF’s track & field and soccer teams.

“We are thrilled to have another opportunity to bring national level track competition to the North Florida campus and the city of Jacksonville,” said UNF Athletic Director Lee Moon. “The fact that the NCAA has chosen to return to Hodges Stadium is truly a reflection of the confidence they have in our ability to run a top quality championship.”

UNF hosted the NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Championships for the first time in 2012 and host the event in 2014.

Hodges Stadium has been a desirable location for these types of events because of its sports accommodations. In 2008, a nine lane, Olympic-quality track with Mondotrack SX surface was installed. The track has full markings for all NCAA and International Association of Athletics Federations events, including the ability to run directional events in either direction on either straight.

All field event areas are within the stadium, including four horizontal jump pits, eight pole vault locations, and multiple areas for each throwing event. The facility also includes a full 400 meter, three lane warm‐up track and IAAF certified equipment provided by UCS. Hodges Stadium also boasts a completed press box and field/track lighting.

 

From: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/morning-edition/2013/12/jacksonville-to-host-2015-2016-ncaa.html

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