USATF reopens bidding for 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field

on 07 May 2018.

Bidding to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field has been reopened, USATF announced May 1st. The USATF Board of Directors unanimously authorized the move amid continuing litigation surrounding construction of a new Hilmer Lodge Stadium at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, California, and the resulting delays on planning for a successful 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

The USATF Board awarded the Olympic Trials to Mt. SAC last June. A key portion of the bid was a new stadium on the campus of Mt. SAC.  In August, USATF first learned of two lawsuits seeking to halt construction of the stadium: one between the City of Walnut and Mt. SAC and a second, between United Walnut Taxpayers (UWT), a group of local citizens and Mt. SAC. The first lawsuit was settled in April, but the second has yet to be resolved.

Eugene, Oregon the self-proclaimed Tracktown USA and host of six Olympic Trials including the last three Trials, is the frontrunner in a reopened bid process that USATF said it hopes to complete by June.

Sacramento, California host of the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trials, is another contender for the 2020 Trials.