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America's Track & Field Stadiums: Arizona

America’s Track & Field Stadiums: Arizona

| On 07, Apr 2016

Northern Arizona’s Lumberjack Stadium offers views of Humphrey’s Peak.

In honor of today’s Sun Angel Classic, our 50-part series on America’s track and field stadiums and facilities comes to Arizona.

Largest: Walkup Skydome

With a seating capacity of 10,000, Northern Arizona University’s Walkup Skydome is the largest in the state. It is not named for how you get into it but for J. Lawrence Walkup, a former president of the university. Its elevation of 6880 feet above sea level (2110m) puts it among the highest elevation tracks in the NCAA.

Track-specific: Sun Angel Stadium, Drachman Stadium

These two track-only facilities are tied for the largest in the state. Arizona State says Sun Angel Stadium has permanent seating for “more than 5,000” and temporary seating can push its capacity to 9,000. Arizona says their Drachman Stadium can seat “over 5,000”. The largest attendance figure I’ve seen at Sun Angel Stadium is 5,871 for the 1981 Sun Angel Classic, while Arizona claims their biggest turnout is “a standing-room only crowd estimated at more than 6,000 people” for the 1998 Tucson Elite Classic.

Most picturesque: Monument Valley High School

Monument Valley High School is in the extreme northern part of the state and in the Navajo Nation. The school itself has very interesting architecture, but it’s the view off into the distance that wins here.
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Unusual: Round Valley Ensphere

The nation’s only domed high school stadium is in Round Valley in the extreme east end of Arizona, and track and field is among its many uses.

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  1. Dan Reynolds

    This is a great series…….keep up the good work! One correction – University of AZ – Drachman Stadium – the standing room only crowd of 6000 was in 1988 (when Edwin Moses opened his season). not 1998. I was the starter at that meet. Dan Reynolds, Tucson, AZ

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