NYC2012 Announces Permanent Legacy For The Sport Of Athletics - Expansion Of Icahn Stadium To 25,000 Seats
The $42 million Icahn Stadium opened in April and is the only Class 1 state-of-the-art IAAF approved Athletics stadium in the United States and features a 400-meter Mondo track. Icahn Stadium is located on the historic site where Jesse Owens qualified for the 1936 Berlin Olympics and would be used as an Olympic training and Paralympic track facility in a 2012 New York Games.
“After a 2012 New York Games, this facility will allow New York to host great international and national Athletics championships, helping restore New York as America’s capital for the sport of Athletics,” said New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding and NYC2012 Founder Dan Doctoroff. “Icahn Stadium joins the Track and Field Armory, already restored with an investment of more than $20 million, making New York the premiere U.S. home for indoor and outdoor Athletics competitions.
“This will allow New York to aggressively pursue major Athletics events so that this great Olympic sport will once again become a major element of the City’s sports calendar,” continued Doctoroff. “The Armory is now America’s number one indoor track facility used by more than 125,000 athletes a year and is the site of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. New York is the birthplace of Athletics in the United States, beginning with the first international Athletics meet in 1895. The City’s Athletics legacy continues to this day with the Millrose Games, the premier U.S. indoor Athletics meet, which has been welcomed to Madison Square Garden for 98 straight years.”