EUGENE, Ore. -- Tickets for the 2020 Olympic Track and Field Trials went on sale Thursday, selling at a record-breaking rate, according to TrackTown USA.
CEO Michael Reilly said that organizers had to open up three additional sections to meet demand, raising the total number of tickets already available to 4,500.
With fans expressing excitement about the event, which is just under a year away, leaders from TrackTown USA, Travel Lane County, Eugene and Springfield met Thursday outside Hayward Field to discuss preparation efforts.
About two-thirds of the $10 million cost of the trials needs to come from ticket sales, Reilly said. The rest comes from public subsidies. Springfield has already committed $400,000, while Eugene and Lane County are still in talks about their contributions.
While some financial questions remain, everybody who is involved is excited about the $37 million Travel Lane County said is expected to flow into the community.
"People come from all over the world," said Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis. "People come from all over the world. They are paying to stay in hotels, they are eating at restaurants, they are renting cars, they're flying in airplanes and using our airport."
According to Vinis, the trials have driven new infrastructure projects, all of which are expected to be completed by next June. Hayward Field is also slated to be completed by the beginning of the trials.