WHEN YOU PURCHASE A TICKET
FOR THE IAAF WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS,
YOU CAN ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONIES AND POLE VAULT COMPETITION…
For the first time in 30 years,
the IAAF World Indoor Championships
will be held in the U.S.
More than 600 of the world’s greatest track and field athletes,
representing 154 countries from around the globe, will participate
in the four-day (March 17-20) competition, at the Oregon Convention Center.
The meet gets off to a roaring start at 6pm on Thursday, March 17th
with the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Opening Ceremonies,
immediately followed by the thrilling men’s and women’s pole vault competition.
During the Opening Ceremonies, as you soak in the intimate atmosphere
of the 7,000-seat stadium which surrounds the dazzling new emerald green 200-meter banked oval track,
you will be treated to a variety of special activities that are outlined below.
The opening ceremony kicks off at 6pm.
March of Flags
A group of 50 children from Playworks, a non-profit organization serving
more than 15,000 students from 31 low-income schools in the greater Portland area,
will carry numerous hand flags of each participating federation into the stadium,
and distribute them to spectators.
Each country taking part in the IAAF World Indoor Championships will
be officially announced as their respective flags are carried in by a local
college or high school student or Portland 2016 volunteer.
After the last country is announced, spectators will be asked to stand for
the playing of the US national anthem and the raising of the U.S. flag.
TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna and IAAF President
Sebastian Coe will then deliver welcome messages.
And finally, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will declare the opening of the championships,
followed by the playing of the IAAF hymn and raising of the IAAF flag.