March 17 – 20, 2016 United States of America Flag
Portland, Oregon
IAAF Partners


What time does the Oregon Convention Center open?

Spectator Gates will open 1 hour prior to competition for each session. There is no-re-entry.

What can I bring into the Oregon Convention Center?

There is a Prohibited and Permitted Items List for the Oregon Convention Center HERE.

Where is the closest public transportation?

TriMet MAX station – Oregon Convention Center (Holladay Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard)

Where can I park my bicycle?

There is a free bicycle valet across the street from the main spectator entrance.

Where is the closest parking lot?

Parking at and around the Oregon Convention Center is extremely limited with multiple events in the surrounding area occurring during the IAAF World Championships, March 17th – 20th. All parking is on a first come first serve basis. We highly encourage public transportation, biking or walking instead of driving. See the Downtown Portland Map.

Where are the Medal Ceremonies held?

They will be held at Pioneer Courthouse Square each night after the end of competition See the Medal Ceremonies info page.

How far is it to Pioneer Courthouse Square?

It is a 15 minute ride from the Oregon Convention Center to Pioneer Courthouse Square via MAX Light Rail RED and BLUE Line.

How many countries will be represented?

154 Countries

How many athletes are competing?

Approximately 600 athletes

How many people does the stadium seat?


How many events are there?

13 men’s and women’s events: 60m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m, 4x400m relay, 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put, men’s heptathlon, women’s pentathlon. See the Competition Schedule.

What is Indoor Track?

There are sprints, jumps, throws and distance events, just like outdoor track, only modified in some cases, for a 200-meter indoor track. It makes for an exciting, fast-paced competition. 13 men’s events and 13 women’s events including the Men’s Heptathlon and Women’s Pentathlon. The only throwing event is the shot put.

Where is the next IAAF World Indoor Championships?

Birmingham, England in 2018

Where have the past IAAF World Indoor Championships been held?

Istanbul (2012), Doha (2010), Valencia (2008), Moscow (2006), Budapest (2004 and 1989), Birmingham (2003), Lisbon (2001), Paris (1997 and 1985), Barcelona (1995), Toronto (1993), Seville (1991), Indianapolis (1987)

What is the IAAF?

“International Association of Athletics Federations.” It is the international governing body for track & field and the second largest sport governing body in the world after FIFA.

What is TrackTown USA?

TrackTown USA, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sports of track and field and running by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, improving facilities and inspiring the next generation of track and field athletes and fans. Our company is responsible for organizing the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the 2015 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Track & Field. See the TrackTown USA website for more information.

Can I watch the meet on Television?

The meet will be broadcast to a global television audience. It is anticipated that the 2016 World Indoor Championships will be seen by as many as 140 million viewers worldwide. For the broadcast schedule in the Unites States please see NBC Sports.


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