NYC Council Funds New Armory Surface
The world’s fastest indoor track & field surface is about to get even faster.
On Thursday, the Armory Foundation will receive funding for a new running surface from the New York City Council with critical help from Council Member Robert Jackson who advocated on behalf of the Armory.
Jackson advocacy for this funding was supported by Council Members Maria del Carmen Arroyo and Ydanis Rodriguez, the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus, Manhattan Delegation led by Council Members Gale Brewer and Daniel Grodnick and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn.
"The Armory Foundation is greatly indebted to the leadership of Council Member Robert Jackson in securing the track for our student-athletes," said Dr. Norb Sander, Executive Director of the Armory Foundation. "He's been a wonderful supporter of the Armory and its mission during all of his years he’s served on the New York City Council."
A special presentation will take place 10:30 am Thursday at The Armory.
"Over the last 20 years, Dr. Norb Sander and his staff have been instrumental in making The Armory not only one of the top track & field facilities in the world, but also a beacon of hope for thousands of student-athletes with the Armory Prep Program," Council Member Robert Jackson of District 7 said. "As a great advocate and supporter of The Armory, I am glad that my colleagues are in line with The Armory’s vision by providing financial support that will keep this facility in tip-top shape."
The Armory again will have a Mondo surface, the same one used in Moscow during the upcoming World Championships and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During the 106th Millrose Games in February more than 60 records were established.
Work on the new track is expected to be completed in time for the 2013-2014 indoor track season which begins Dec. 1 with the PSAL Pilgrim Games.
"The City Council is proud to support a new and improved track surface for New York City’s student athletes," said Speaker Christine Quinn. "For over 20 years, the Armory Foundation has served as an invaluable resource for New York City’s youth. I thank the Armory Foundation for their continued work to provide sports and educational programming to the community, and look forward to celebrating the new track’s inaugural race at the 2013 PSAL Pilgrim Games."
Added Dr. Sander: "We have over three million usages of the track over the last five years. It wears out. It’s the busiest indoor track in the world.’’