Eugene (KMTR) - Members of the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S.A. Track & Field are visiting Eugene this week for planning meetings; there's a lot to do before 1,000 hopeful athletes arrive in Lane County. University of Oregon's Track & Field Director Vin Lananna, and Chester Wheeler from the U.S.O.C. revealed a few details about what fans can expect this summer. They're rolling out a London theme, pub included. A lot of the new features will be geared toward young people, in hopes of attracting them to the sport, and continuing the Track Town legacy. One of the new items is a cell phone app, where fans can track the results of events live as they unfold on the track.
Speaking to the community impact, the U.S.O.C. already has 11,000 hotel room nights booked for the trials. Organizers expect about 20,000 fans inside Hayward Field each day, and the free festival outside the track will likely be back this year, attracting thousands more.
The countdown is at 156 days to “TrackTown 2012.” Stay tuned over the next couple months for more surprises to be revealed about what's new inside and outside Hayward Field this summer.