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The Homes of Lady'Back Track
McDonnell Field,
Tyson Indoor Track Center
and the UA Indoor Complex

       The Lady Razorback track and field team enjoys year-around training and competition facilities with the new Tyson Indoor Complex and McDonnell Field.
Tyson Indoor Track Center
       For the 2000 indoor season, the Arkansas track teams move into one of the finest competition facilities in the United States with the completion of the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Complex. Conceived as a state-of-the-art indoor track capable of hosting international events, the Tyson Complex is set to host the NCAA and SEC Indoor Championships in 2000. Construction on the Tyson began during the summer of 1999 thanks to a $3,000,000 gift by the Tyson family toward the $6,000,000 price tag of the building and track.
       The competition track for Tyson Indoor Track Complex is already famous as the University purchased from the Toronto Sky Dome. Constructed to the same specifications as tracks used by the Hoosier Dome to host past NCAA Championships and the Georgia Dome for the US Indoor Championships, Arkansas' future track had its first use during the World Championships in Toronto. Its second use was for the famous Michael Johnson-Donovan Baily showdown.
       Among the other features of the Tyson Complex are seating for 6,000 fans, press box facilities to accommodate the needs of national media and network television and a state-of-the-art timing system and video scoreboard.
McDonnell Field
       Known for years as University Track, beginning with the 1998 outdoor track season the home of the 28 time national champion Razorbacks will be known for the man who made it all possible - John McDonnell Field.
       The nine-lane track features a grass infield, a full hammer cage, multiple throws areas. The pole vault and jump areas are fully reversible with the prevailing wind. The vertical jumps and pole vault have two sets of runways to accommodate multi-events.
       Naming the field for the current coach puts John McDonnell into a unique class of coaches. Consider the significance as McDonnell will coach in a venue named for him, just like the all-time winningest football coach, Eddie Robinson and Robinson Stadium at Grambling State, and basketball's Dean Smith at the Dean Smith Arena at North Carolina.
       The name change coincides with the third major renovation at the University of Arkansas' outdoor track in the past decade.
       A new track surface was laid and press box facilities constructed prior to the hosting of the Southwest Conference Championship in the late 1980s.
       Arkansas hosted the 1994 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championship, and with it, the University added the current configuration of runways and jumping areas.
       At the same time, the fully-automated computer timing system and scoreboard located in the southeast corner of the track was installed.
       The 1998 renovations include renovations to the press facilities and addition to a new entry and a brick and wrought-iron fence surrounding the field.

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UA Indoor Complex
        Prior to the 2000 season, the indoor home of the multiple national champion Razorback track and field team and the NCAA playoff tennis team was the UA Indoor Complex.
       For indoor tennis, the UA Indoor Complex has four courts and seating for 1,000 fans.
       For indoor track, the Indoor Complex is a six-lane, 200-meter track. The seating is turned around into the infield to again provide seating for 1,000 fans.
       The UA Indoor Complex also houses the Lady Razorback tennis team locker room.

       The Indoor Complex remains as a practice facility for the Lady Razorbacks and Razorbacks. It also serves as the warmup facility for the major events hosted at the Tyson Indoor Complex.


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