Spokane’s new sports facility, The Podium has been selected as the site for the 2022 USATF Indoor Championships set to be held February 25–26, 2022. With the completion of The Podium on track for Fall 2021, we are pleased to welcome USATF athletes, officials, coaches, event administrators, and spectators to Spokane.
The Indoor Track & Field Championships are expected to bring more than $2 million in visitor spending including 2,000 overnight hotel stays. Spokane will also gain immeasurable exposure when the event is broadcast live nationally.
"We can’t think of a better way to showcase The Podium than with this flagship event for 2022," says Eric Sawyer, Spokane Sports President and CEO. "I’m so proud of how the Spokane Sports team worked with USATF to bring this prestigious event to Spokane at a time when our community can really use a boost."
This weekend event serves as the National Championship for track and field athletes in the United States. From sprinters and distance runners, to throwers and pole vaulters, 450 of our country’s best track and field athletes will compete and we can expect more than 8,000 spectators over the course of the weekend. This prestigious competition will determine which athletes represent Team USATF March 11–13, 2022 at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.
"Our intentions were to host events just like this when we committed to the building and invested in the state-of-the-art indoor track," says Stephanie Curran, Spokane Public Facilities District CEO. "We are honored to welcome USATF and our country’s track and field athletes to Spokane. We are also anxious to get back to what we do best, generating tax dollars for our community."
Spokane has hosted a variety of USATF Championships, but this will be the first of its kind and notoriety. Spokane hopes that by bringing this prestigious Championship back to the Pacific Northwest, the city will gain more opportunities to host track & field in the region. The Podium’s new marquee feature, the 200m six-lane indoor hydraulically banked track made this event possible.
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