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Apr 21, 2005

adidas Becomes Title Sponsor of adidas Track Classic

adidas Becomes Title Sponsor of adidas Track Classic
Annual Home Depot Center Meet To Be Held May 22

Portland, OR/Carson, CA - April 21, 2005.  adidas and AEG announced today that the global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear will become title sponsor of the adidas Track Classic, formerly known as The Home Depot Center Invitational as part of a multi-year sponsorship agreement.  The popular, annual event, now in its third year, will feature over 80 of the world's top male and female athletes, competing in a variety of track and field disciplines.  It will take place on May 22, 2005 at The Home Depot Center, on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills, in Carson, California. 

\"adidas has been dedicated to the sport of Track and Field for since the 1928 Olympics.  This is another great opportunity for adidas to continue its support of the Track and Field community,\" said Martyn Brewer, Director of Sports Marketing for adidas.  \"After only two years, this track and field meet, at this great facility and location already has the reputation  as one of the season's strongest meet and has the potential of becoming the best Track and Field event in America\" 

\"We are thrilled to welcome adidas as the title sponsor of the adidas Track Classic at The Home Depot Center,\" said Bill Peterson, Managing Director of The Home Depot Center.  \"In only it's third running, this meet has truly been embraced by the tremendously knowledgeable southern California track community as a must see, must attend event and has clearly established itself as a highlight of the United States track & field schedule.  The calibre of athletes and competition on display the first two meets has truly made this event world class and, with the support of adidas and the athletes already committed, we are well on the way of holding an even better event this year.\"

The competition will include 2004 Olympic medal winners such as Maurice Greene, Allyson Felix and Jeremy Wariner. The adidas Track Classic is part of the USA Track & Field Visa Championship Series, which is an elite series of world class Track & Field competitions taking place across the United States.

Individual tickets for the adidas Track Classic will go on sale Saturday, April 30 through all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling (213) 480-3232.  Tickets can also be purchased at The Home Depot Center box office and the box office at TEAM LA at Universal CityWalk.  Special discounted group tickets and a special 5-day \"combo\" package which includes tickets to the 2005 U.S.A. Outdoor Track & Field Championships area available now by calling
1-877-AEG TICKETS (1-877-234-8425).

adidas is a global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the leading sports brand in the world. adidas America is a subsidiary of adidas-Salomon AG, a corporation that also includes the sports brands Salomon, TaylorMade, Bonfire and Mavic.

The Home Depot Center is southern California's new home of world-class competition and training facilities for amateur, Olympic, collegiate and professional athletes.  The $150 million privately financed facility was developed and is operated by AEG on a 125 acre site on the campus of California State Dominguez Hills in Carson, California, The Home Depot Center features a 13,000 seat stadium for tennis, a 27,000 seat stadium for soccer, rugby, lacrosse & other athletic competitions and outdoor concerts, a 20,000 seat facility for track & field, the ADT Event Center, a 2450-seat indoor velodrome and other facilities for softball, baseball, beach volleyball, basketball and other sports.

Named an Official U.S. Olympic Training Site, The Home Depot Center is also the national team training headquarters for the U.S. Soccer Federation.  The \"complex, \" which is also the home of the nationally recognized Athletes Performance training center for elite and professional athletes has additionally be designated \"official\" training sites for USA Cycling, United States Track & Field and the USTA.

For more information, please contact
Kelly Olmstead
Adidas America
Public Relations
(p) 971 234 2461
(c) 503 475 8788

Michael Roth
The Home Depot Center
(213) 742-7155

Jan Fambro
The Home Depot Center
(310) 826-2962