Eugene To host 2024 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials From June 21-30

By Chris Chavez

September 21, 2023

Well track fans, you’d better stock up on Zyrtec and start looking into hotels and flights… we’re going back to Eugene, Oregon.

That’s right: Hayward Field has officially been selected to host the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials from June 21-30, 2024.

Here’s what you need to know:

– The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials serve as next year’s outdoor national championship meet and will determine the American team for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

TrackTown USA will serve as the local organizing committee for the Trials.

– This marks the eighth time (and fifth consecutive) that Eugene has hosted the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Hayward Fields both “historic” and “new” hosted the meet in 1972 (men), 1976, 1980, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2021.

– While for most events, teams will be determined next June, the 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials will be held on Feb. 3, 2024 in Orlando.

– This is the latest that USA Track and Field has announced the host site of the Trials, relative to the first day of competition. In 2017, the governing body awarded the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials to Walnut, California, where the meet was to be held at the newly renovated track stadium at Mt. San Antonio College. Mt. SAC was selected over bids from Austin, Eugene and Sacramento. A year later, however, it was switched to Eugene, Oregon. The 2020 Trials were pushed to 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the Tokyo Olympics and bumped the 2021 World Athletics Championships in Eugene to 2022.

– After some struggles with putting fans in the stands in 2022, attendance appears to be returning to pre-pandemic levels in Eugene. At this past weekend’s Prefontaine Classic, TrackTown USA reported 12,364 ticketed spectators on Day 1 and 12,355 ticketed spectators on Day 2 of the Diamond League Final. (It is not an official attendance figure since it only accounts for ticketed spectators and does not include accredited personnel or actual headcounts.)

– Here are the attendance numbers for ticketed spectators at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

  • Day 1 |June 18 - 3,124 ticketed spectators
  • Day 2 | June 19 - 4,752 ticketed spectators
  • Day 3 | June 20 - 5,367 ticketed spectators
  • Day 4 | June 21 - 5,519 ticketed spectators
  • Day 7 | June 24 - 5,348 ticketed spectators
  • Day 8 | June 25 - 6,586 ticketed spectators
  • Day 9 | June 26 - 6,044 ticketed spectators
  • Day 10 | June 27 - 4,836 ticketed spectators

Total average: 5,197 ticketed spectators

Here’s what USATF CEO Max Siegel said in a statement:

“As we look forward to Paris 2024, we’re delighted to return to Eugene for the U.S. Olympic Trials. During the pandemic, when venues all needed to take extraordinary measures to conduct events, the local organizing committee, TrackTown, demonstrated their commitment to the sport by working with USATF to prioritize the health and safety of our athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Trials. That partnership was invaluable.

Having hosted that event successfully under difficult circumstances, we are pleased to give the city of Eugene and Hayward Field the opportunity to host an event at full capacity to showcase this world class facility. Hayward Field has been the site of countless memorable moments in track and field history, and we look forward to coming to Eugene, Oregon, to cheer on the nation’s best athletes as they compete to represent Team USA in Paris.”

– At the 2021 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, 8 days of competition took place over 10 days. A full schedule and qualifying standards are expected to be released at a later date.

– Track and Field competition at the Paris Olympics will start on Aug. 1, 2024.

Chris Chavez

Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.