Jacksonville to host Jr. Olympic track, field meet

By Chris Robbins, Evening newscast producer, crobbins@wjxt.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:12:49 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 07 2013 10:14:34 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The city will play host to some of the best track and field athletes from high schools around the country.

The city of Jacksonville won the bid Saturday to host the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships from July 27 to Aug. 2, 2015. 

The event will take place at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida.

Representing an estimated 20,000 hotel room nights over six days, Visit Jacksonville officials say the event will have an economic impact of about $14 million in the local economy, and provide a shot in the arm to the area’s hotels, especially non-beach hotels during one of their slowest times of the year.  

“We’re excited that the organization chose Jacksonville for their 2015 event and look forward to showing off Northeast Florida when they arrive,” said Visit Jacksonville President and CEO Paul Astleford.  “We are also fortunate to have a state-of-the-art track facility at the University of North Florida, which gave us a leg up in the competition to bring the event here.”

Comments

The views expressed below are not those of News4Jax or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus