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Garden Parting

May 23, 2011
May 23, 2011

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May 23, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
TUSCALOOSA
NOVAK DJOKOVIC
  • NOVAK DJOKOVIC ALWAYS HAD THE TALENT AND DRIVE TO BECOME THE WORLD'S BEST TENNIS PLAYER, BUT HIS NERVES AND BODY BETRAYED HIM. NO MORE. GOING INTO THE FRENCH OPEN, HE'S 37--0 FOR 2011 AND GUNNING FOR THE LONGEST MEN'S WINNING STREAK OF THE OPEN ERA

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The Millrose Games leave their home

Since 1914, the Millrose Games—the world's most famous indoor track and field meet—have been held on a midwinter Friday night in New York City's Madison Square Garden. But in the face of rising costs and dwindling crowds (the last time Millrose filled the Garden's 18,000-plus seats was '97), the 2012 stage will be the Armory Track and Field Center in upper Manhattan, which seats around 4,500 and is used only for track. "The Millrose Games deserve the best track possible, especially in this performance-driven sport with the Olympics just around the corner," says Norbert Sander, executive director of the Armory Foundation, which runs the Track and Field Center and began partnering with USATF in 2009 to run Millrose.

This is an article from the May 23, 2011 issue

Undoubtedly the Armory's speedy 200-meter track will produce faster times than the Garden's notoriously slow 145-meter one. But the visibility that the Garden provided will be difficult to recreate. So USATF has decided that the $1 million it has put up for Millrose each year will not follow the meet uptown.

"Millrose [at the Garden] is to indoor track what the Boston Marathon is to marathoning," says USATF spokesperson Jill Geer. "It's hard, it's slow, but it's a throwback, and it's unique to track and field."

PHOTOMANNY MILLAN (COGHLAN)A GOOD LONG run Eamonn Coghlan (1) was among the Games' Garden greats.