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Millrose Games Expected To Leave Garden For Armory

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 12, 2011
The Millrose Games are expected to move to the Armory next year. Photo: Google images

The Millrose Games are expected to move to the Armory next year. Photo: Google images

Some say the event is too expensive and not popular enough any more.

Fact: New York City’s most famous indoor track and field venue, the Millrose Games, has been held in Madison Square Garden since 1914. But the times–they are a changing. The New York Times is reporting that the Armory Foundation, which owns the rights to the event, is expected to announce next week that it will be moved to the Armory Track and Field Center in Upper Manhattan.

Were this to happen, the Millrose Games would lose its financing from the United States Track and Field (USATF), which opposes the move.

Unfortunately, attendance for the games has dropped in recent years. Rent for Madison Square Garden is expensive; it’s expected to get even more costly once renovations there are complete.

Moving to the Armory is a risk. This year, 9,000 spectators attended the games. This figure is 7,000 less than the capacity at the Garden, but is 5,000 more than the maximum capacity allowed at the Armory.

The USATF spends $1 million on the event.

For More: The New York Times

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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