Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 01/16/2015
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Opened in 2015, Morris Williams Track and Field Stadium is located on the west side of Kennedy Tower, sharing the press box with Koskinen Stadium, and is the new home to Duke Track and Field.
The track features a BSS 1000 track surface, constructed by Beynon Sports. Encompassing the track is a walkway, allowing spectators to view any event in the stadium, and bleachers are located next to the finish line.
For field events, two long/triple jump runways are located inside the home straight with sand pits on both sides to accommodate changes in wind. Inside the back straight are two pole vault runways, with two additional runways located in the D-area. The D-area will also hold dual high jump pits. The infield also accommodates all throwing events, boasting two shot put areas, a javelin runway and a combined hammer and discus cage. Protective nets have been placed along the long/triple jump and pole runways for added safety.
Hours of Operation for Community Members and Open Recreation Monday-Friday • 5:00 AM – 8:30 AM • 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (lights will be available at 25 foot candles)
Saturday • 5:00 AM – 8:30 AM • 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM (lights will be available at 25 foot candles)
Sunday • 5:00 AM – 1:00 PM • 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM (lights will be available at 25 foot candles)
The setup of the facility allows Duke student-athletes to safely practice their respective events at the same time, highlighted by protective nets around the throwing event areas. Here is a complete breakdown of the track specifics:
Track Details • Morris Williams Track and Field Stadium at Duke University is one of the finest track & field facilities in the ACC and the NCAA. • This dedicated track & field facility is the new home of the men and women’s varsity track & field teams. • The facility meets all of the rules and regulations of the NCAA.
Track Oval • Eight lanes with each lane being 42 inches wide. • Radius of the track oval is 115,000 feet. • Sprints and hurdles can take place on both straights to allow for changes in the wind. • The steeplechase water jump is located in the preferred and fastest location inside the first part of second turn. • There is a walkway all the way around the outside perimeter of the track oval that allows spectators, athletes and coaches full access to any event around the facility. • The infield is a high performance vertically draining natural grass field with irrigation. • The IAAF approved, world-class, high-end synthetic surface is by Beynon Sports Surfaces. There are 8,820 square yards of red and green polyurethane called the BSS-1000 tuned system with embedded EPDM granules.
Jumping Events • Inside the home straight are the dual long/triple jump runways with sand pits at both ends of the runway to accommodate changes in wind. • Inside the back straight are the dual pole vault runways with two landing pads at each end. This allows two vaults to occur at the same time and to accommodate the changes in wind. • Two additional pole vault runways are located in the D-area. These too are designed to accommodate the directional changes in the wind. • The extra-large D-area will allow two high jumps to occur at the same time.
Throwing Events • There are two dedicated shot put areas located on the infield. • The infield also has the combined hammer and discus cage. There are extra protective nets along the long/triple runways and the pole vault runways for added protection. • The javelin runway is located in the D-area; no conflict with the two high jump areas.
Amenities • Seating for 500 at the common finish line. Areas around the oval for additional temporary seats and team tents. • Restrooms and concessions.