Nov. 14, 2012
Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State University Director of Athletics, Tim Selgo, working in conjunction with Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, announced today that GVSU will host a men's and women's indoor track & field dual meet at the Kelly Family Sports Center between the two Big Ten rivals. The event, which will take place Saturday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m., will be a scored meet per NCAA rules.
"We are excited to host these Big Ten rivals in one of the premier indoor track & field facilities in the country," said Selgo. "We have an incredible venue in the Kelly Family Sports Center and it will be an electric collegiate atmosphere for a men's and women's indoor track & field dual meet." added Selgo.
This will be the first-ever indoor dual meet between the MSU and UM women, while the last time the Spartan and Wolverine men competed in an indoor dual meet was 1976.
"We are grateful to GVSU for providing the opportunity to compete in such a great indoor track and field facility," said MSU director of track & field/cross country Walt Drenth. "The idea of competing in a dual meet at this venue with Michigan has created a buzz within our team. The dual meet format will be an outstanding, fan friendly platform to showcase two very good teams and a number of tremendous athletes. Our desire is that the Spartan alumni in the Grand Rapids area will bring out a strong contingent of support for the Green and White. I would like to extend a thank you to Grand Valley AD Tim Slego and their staff for hosting this event."
The Kelly Family Sports Center is regarded as one of the finest indoor track & field facilities in the country. It features a 300-meter Mondo Super-X surface with six lanes on the oval and nine lanes on the sprint straight. In addition, it features separate areas for all jumps, vaults and throws.
"We are very grateful and excited for the opportunity to compete head-to-head with our instate rivals," said Michigan women's track and field head coach James Henry. "The meet will provide a wonderful experience for our student-athletes to compete in an exciting environment in front of our great Michigan fans."
Michigan men's coach Fred LaPlante added, "We are excited to compete in the Grand Rapids area, which will allow many loyal Michigan alums the chance to see us compete in a great rivalry. We believe this competition will showcase the best of what track and field has to offer and will be memorable for all athletes, coaches, and spectators."
Tickets will go on sale three weeks prior to the event, with each institution selling tickets for assigned sections. Presale tickets are $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for students and seniors (general admission) and a $12.00 VIP track level pass is available. Tickets prices for the day of meet are as follows $9.00 for adults/$5.00 for students and seniors (general admission) and $15.00 VIP track level pass.
For additional ticket information please call 616-331-3200.