Whenever a new athletic facility is being built the two-word adjective “world-class” is often overused and lacks the necessary evidence to support the claim. In the case of Rock Chalk Park, the running surface for the Jayhawk track and field program really is world class and Kansas Athletics will have the paperwork to prove it. Rock Chalk Park is recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as the fifth Class I Certified track on United States soil, and is one of only 105 in the entire world.
Rock Chalk Park joined Oregon, Auburn and Arkansas at the collegiate level, and the surface at Icahn Stadium in New York to rank among the nation’s elite track and field facilities. A coup in having a world-class facility like Rock Chalk Park has already been seen, as Kansas was selected to host its first NCAA West Preliminary regional meet May 26-28, 2016, which will feature the top-48 student-athletes in each event west of the Mississippi River.
There is approximately 90,000 square feet of locker rooms, offices, official rooms, training room and athletic training facilities located under the east stands.