The adidas Grand Prix, one of the United States’ premiere professional track meets that’s taken place at New York City’s Icahn Stadium for more than a decade, is moving to the streets this summer.
Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., the company which puts on the meet, along with title partner, adidas, will shift the focus of the June event—which had been on the Diamond League circuit since 2010—in an effort to expose track and field to a wider audience. The new event, which will take place on the Big Apple’s city streets, will feature elite distance and sprint races as well as popular field events such as the pole vault and long jump.
“Our 11 years of producing a high-caliber event at Icahn Stadium have advanced the sport of track and field in the U.S.,” Mark Wetmore, president of GA&M and director of the meet since its founding in 2005, said in a release. “We are proud of what we’ve accomplished and honored by the devotion of our many fans over the years. It’s been a pleasure to give them the chance to see their favorite athletes and, often, their national heroes in person. It’s been a great run on Randall’s Island, and now we’re looking ahead to producing a new event that will bring the sport to a whole new audience.”
Exact dates, race lineups and athletes for the new event are expected to be announced in early April.