Homes of Lady'Back Track
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.
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
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.
Come inside the Lady'Back track locker room
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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
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.