Iowa’s hot summers won’t hamper an effort by the city of Des Moines to host the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at Drake Stadium one day.
Since 2000 the trials have been held in Sacramento or Eugene, Oregon, two places that are much more temperate than the state of Iowa which has an average July temperature of just over 85 degrees.
Doug Logan who is the C.E.O. of U.S.A. Track and Field says they face weather challenges everywhere they go. He says the fans have to adjust to the weather conditions and so do the athletes. He says he was at Drake a couple of years ago and there was Friday when people were in shirt sleeves and a Saturday where they wore parkas, so “it’s not that big a deal.”
Logan says Drake Stadium has most of the things required to host the Olympic Trials. He says there is a little tweaking that needed to be done, but he says there’s a “real coming together with the community and Drake.”
Drake is hosting the U.S.A. Track and Field Championships this weekend.