Quotes From Today's Press Conference At The Albuquerque Indoor Track
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/11/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 11, 2006

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez and University of New Mexico head track and field coach Matt Henry officially announced the opening of the City of Albuquerque's new indoor track and field facility for the 2006 season this afternoon at the Convention Center. The first of eight meets this winter at the Convention Center, the Mark Shumate Open all-comer, will be this Saturday, Jan. 14. at 9 a.m. Tickets at the door are $3 for adults, $2 for students and free for ages 5 and under.

Mayor Martin Chavez

"This is our brand new half a million dollar Mondo track that we acquired last year on behalf of the taxpayers. It's had a fair amount of use, but it's had no use like it's going to have in the year 2006. We already know that we're going to have eight meets in 2006, five will be collegiate. The first annual high school state indoor track and field championships will be held here on this track, and one that I know excites the men and women behind me (UNM track & field team) and all of Albuquerque, is that we will host for the very first time the Mountain West Conference Championships - the first indoor conference championship meet in Albuquerque since 1987. So it is true - build it and they will come. I want to acknowledge the efforts of the city council and more so, the taxpayers for voting yes on the bond which acquired this."

"In the 1960s Albuquerque was really a hotbed of track activity for the entire western part of the United States and everyone that was born and raised here, at least back in those days, remembers going to the Jaycee meets at Tingley (Coliseum). What's going to be going on here this year will far exceed anything that has been done in track and field indoors in the state of New Mexico."

University of New Mexico head track & field coach Matt Henry

"It is a pleasure for us be a part of this facility. Of course, without the help of the mayor, this would never have happened. We're very pleased. We're going to have 35 outstanding teams come to the (collegiate) meets the mayor talked about. On January 21st we have teams like LSU, USC, Florida State, Texas A&M and several other outstanding track teams coming to town. I think for the city of Albuquerque this will maybe bring back some memories of indoor track and field in the 60s at Tingley Coliseum. We're very excited and again I can't thank the mayor enough for giving us this opportunity."

(on how the indoor track facility will help draw top athletes to compete in Albuquerque):
"First of all, this track is the best track you can buy, so people will come. Right now, our dreams are maybe to steal away the national championship (meet) to come here. It's easy to fly into Albuquerque, it's easy to come to the Convention Center and so in the long run I think it makes a lot of sense. I'm hoping [the indoor facility] will attract outstanding high school athletes and give us our chance to say, `This is what we have and the opportunity to compete here is definitely a plus for you.' I can see this only as a positive."