LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Thousands of athletes and fans will soon make their way to La Crosse.   

UW-La Crosse is hosting the 2013 D-3 Track and Field National Championships this week.

More than 800 athletes will compete over three days making it the largest D-3 national championship of the year.

This is the third time the university has hosted the event, but the first time in more than 15 years.

There are a lot of changes since the university last hosted the meet, including construction on the 16.5 million dollar Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. "It was a great meet back in the old stadium, but now with the facility that we have here, it's really just a wow factor and not a lot of places can say that they have a facility like this and hopefully when these student athletes and coaches walk in here in a couple days, they will be impressed," said meet director Kim Blum.

Events kick off Thursday and run through Saturday.