By KEN BELSON
The Millrose Games, the most famous indoor track meet in the world, are expected to leave Madison Square Garden, where they have been held since 1914.
The Armory Foundation, which owns the rights to the event, is likely to formally announce next week that it is relocating the 104-year-old meet to the much smaller Armory Track and Field Center in Upper Manhattan next year. In doing so, the foundation would risk losing financing for the event from USA Track and Field, the sport’s governing body in the United States, which opposes the move.
Attendance at the Millrose Games has fallen in recent years as interest in track and field has waned and competition from other sports has increased. The Garden is expensive to rent and may become more expensive once renovations now under way are completed.
The Armory, which was given a second life after being refurbished in the 1990s, has turned into a national hub for indoor track, hosting some of the top high school and collegiate races each winter on a world-class 200-meter track.