Winston-Salem to Host Indoor Track & Field Championship | Sports Destination Management

Winston-Salem to Host Indoor Track & Field Championship

May 22, 2017

Visit Winston-Salem announced today Winston-Salem was awarded the bid to host NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship in 2021 totaling 1,000 hotel room nights and an expected economic impact generating more than $770,000.

This prestigious athletic event will take place at JDL Fast Track slated for March 12-13, 2021. 

"Securing this NCAA event adds to Winston-Salem’s impressive portfolio and solidifies our profile as a destination with state-of-the-art sporting facilities that generates positive economic return,” said Richard Geiger, president of Visit Winston-Salem.

“We’re excited and honored to host this national championship at JDL. We’ve worked diligently to position Winston-Salem and our facility as a top-tier destination for these highly sought-after sporting events,” said Craig Longhurst, general manager of JDL Fast Track. 

“In addition to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field event at JDL, Winston-Salem will showcase our destination and facilities during the NCAA Division I Tennis Championship May 17-28, 2018 at the Wake Forest Tennis Center,” said Geiger. 

The NCAA Division I Tennis Championship will bring more than 1,600 athletes totaling more than 2,500 hotel room nights with an estimated economic impact of $1.5 million.

About JDL Fast Track: JDL Fast Track, one of the premier indoor track and field facilities in the southeast, opened in January 2012 and houses a 200-meter oval track with a Mondotrack FTX surface -- the same surface that was used at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Field event areas include two pole vault runways, two long/triple jump runways, one high jump apron and one throws area. The facility includes a 100-meter warm-up track, office and meeting-room space, a training room, and hospitality suites.

About Wake Forest Tennis Center: The Wake Forest Tennis Center opened in 2011 and is a state-of-the-art complex featuring 13 Deco-Turf II courts, the same court surface that is used at the US Open.  The complex was created to host the NCAA Championships.  Every August, the complex hosts the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University, an ATP World Tour 250 event that is the last professional tournament prior to the start of the US Open. 

Visit Winston-Salem is the official sales and marketing agency for the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County tourism industry. For additional information, contact Marcheta Cole Keefer, director of marketing and communications at or phone her at 336.728.4211 or Brittany Norton, media and marketing representative at or phone her at 336.728.4229.

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