EUGENE, Ore. -- It will be a championship year at Historic Hayward Field in 2012.
Not only will Tracktown USA host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, but the inaugural Pac-12 Championships will also be held in Eugene, part of an exciting 2012 University of Oregon schedule announced Thursday by Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna.
Colorado and Utah join the 10 current schools for the first Pac-12 meet, which will begin with the decathlon and heptathlon May 5-6 and continue with the main portion of the meet May 12-13.
The regular season is also highlighted by the April 7 Pepsi Team Invitational, which will feature three-time defending men's and women's NCAA Champion Texas A&M travelling to Eugene for the second time in the last three years. Joining the Ducks and Aggies will be men's and women's teams from both UCLA and Washington, which should make for one of the most exciting Pepsi meets in recent memory. It will be UCLA's first appearance at the Pepsi meet since 1994.
Oregon opens the home outdoor season with the Oregon Preview on March 18, and also has the traditional Oregon Relays April 19-21 and the Oregon Twilight May 5. This year, the Oregon Relays will include a combined events competition April 19-20.
"This will be a really fantastic year for Tracktown USA," said Lananna. "We are excited and honored to be hosting the inaugural Pac-12 Championships, as well as the Pepsi Team Invitational and our other top-level meets."
Renewals for 2011 season ticket holders are currently underway.
A 2012 season ticket includes all regular season meets, but not the Pac-12 Championships. Ticket prices are $65 for reserved, $55 for adult general admission and $45 for child/senior general admission. The family plan, general admission for two adults and three kids, is available for $125.
Two-day Pac-12 Championship tickets are $45 for reserved, $35 for adult general admission and $25 for child/senior general admission.
Fans may renew their seats for 2012 by going on line at www.goducks.com, calling 541-346-4461 or visiting the Athletic Ticket Office in the Moshofsky Center.
Those fans renewing their season tickets by the early renewal deadline of Jan. 13 will be able to purchase their same seat for the Pac-12 Championships and the June 2 Prefontaine Classic. Beyond that, the season ticket renewal deadline is Feb. 10.
New season ticket sales and single meet sales will begin March 2.
In addition to the home schedule, the Ducks also revealed the 2012 indoor and outdoor road schedule on Wednesday.
The Women of Oregon are the two-time defending indoor champions and the Ducks open the 2012 season Jan. 14 at the Blue and Orange Invitational in Nampa, Idaho, site of the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships.
The indoor season also includes the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge Jan. 27-28 in College Station, Texas, the Don Kirby Elite Classic Feb. 10 in Albuquerque, N.M., and three meets in Seattle, Wash. - the Feb. 10-11 Husky Classic, the Feb. 24-25 MPSF Championships and the March 3 UW Final Qualifier.
The indoor season concludes March 9-10 at the NCAA Championships, hosted by Boise State in Nampa, Idaho.
The outdoor season starts a week later with the Oregon Preview.
Road meets during the outdoor season include the March 23-24 USC Invitational, the April 13 John Knight Twilight at Western Oregon, the Penn Relays April 26-28 and the April 29 Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford.
Following the Pac-12 meet, Oregon will travel to Texas for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds May 24-26.
The outdoor season wraps up June 6-9 at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Following the collegiate season, Oregon will host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials June 23-July 1 at Historic Hayward Field.
All session ticket packages for the Trials are currently on sale at www.tracktown12.com.
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