Sunday June 30th, 2019
Distance: Men - 3,000M, Women-5000M
Stanford University's Cobb Track & Angell Field will be the venue for this year's 45th NIKE Prefontaine Classic/IAAF Diamond League meet on Sunday, June 30.
With the ongoing construction of Hayward Field in advance of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2021 IAAF World Championships, an alternate site for America's flagship invitational meet was required. After an extensive search in Oregon and along the West Coast, Stanford's facility was deemed the best choice to host the NIKE Prefontaine Classic, the only member of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League series of meets in the Western Hemisphere.
"Stanford provides the best combination of excellent facilities, good weather, and institutional support that we encountered," said longtime meet director Tom Jordan. "Their athletics department administration has been exceptionally welcoming, and we anticipate being able to provide the fans in the stands and the worldwide television audience a Prefontaine Classic worthy of the name."
Said Chris Miltenberg, Stanford's Bradford M. Freeman Director of Track and Field:
'We are really excited to bring the Prefontaine Classic and some of the best athletes in the U.S. and the world to Stanford. We really appreciate Nike, the Oregon Track Club and the Diamond League for recognizing Stanford as an ideal place to host this event in 2019. It's a big addition to our already world-class home schedule with the Payton Jordan and Stanford invitationals. Our program is and has always been built on athletes who aspire to the world championship level and hosting this meet at Stanford reinforces our collective mission."