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UNF Selected Host Site for 2023 & 2025 NCAA Track & Field East Prelims

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced Wednesday that the University of North Florida will host one of two preliminary rounds for both the 2023 and 2025 NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Championships. Competitions are scheduled for May 25-27, 2023 and May 29-31, 2025.

The announcement reflects the unified partnership between the University of North Florida and the TDC support and funding made possible through the City of Jacksonville’s Sports Tourism Initiative that’s being led by Visit Jacksonville.

This marks the seventh and eighth times in the past 14 years that UNF will host the East preliminary round competition including hosting the event this coming May (2021).

Hodges Stadium, which has also served as host for the ASUN Conference Outdoor Track Championships since 2009, previously hosted the NCAA East Prelim in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019. Those previous championships have generated an estimated economic impact of nearly $8 million each time including more than 11,000 hotel room nights.

In addition, the stadium has served as the host site to Florida’s high school state track & field championships multiple times along with the USATF Masters Championships and USATF Junior Olympics in 2015.

As home to UNF’s track & field and soccer teams, the 9,400-seat Hodges Stadium was opened in January 2004. It was renamed Hodges Stadium after a generous gift of $2 million from George and Kernan Hodges announced in October 2006.

After the installation of seating in the existing stands, a completed press box and field/track lighting during 2007, the final phase of construction was completed in August 2008 with the installation of the 9 lane Olympic quality track with Mondotrack SX surface. The track has full markings for all NCAA and IAAF events, including the ability to run directional events in either direction on either straight. All field event areas are within the stadium, including 4 horizontal jump pits, 8 pole vault locations, and multiple areas for each throwing event. Rounding out the package, the facility includes a full 400m, 3 lane warm-up track and brand new IAAF certified equipment provided by UCS.

Hodges Stadium is one of just nine facilities in the U.S. to receive IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) certification. It is currently certified as a Class II facility though it is built to Class I standards.

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