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University of Oregon Unveils Plans for New Hayward Field










When the IAAF awarded the 2021 world outdoor championships to Eugene, Oregon, a key part of the deal was that Hayward Field, the venerable track and field venue, would need to expand to meet the minimum specifications: 30,000 seats.
And it was clear that the stadium, which at 99 years old has plenty of charm but is missing amenities including wheelchair accessibility and adequate bathroom facilities, would need to be updated to play host to an event of such magnitude.
After two years of delays, the scope of the changes finally became clear Tuesday, when the University of Oregon released details and renderings of the renovation. The existing Hayward Field will be torn down and completely rebuilt, with features that Oregon track coach Robert Johnson called “above and beyond all the expectations we ever could have thought.”
The renderings of the new Hayward do resemble, as former Oregon hurdler Devon Allen said in the publicity materials, a cross between Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium and Los Angeles’s Rose Bowl. The cost was not made public, although Oregon said it is being funded entirely by Nike founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, along with 50 other donors.
Permanent capacity will rise from 8,500 seats to about 12,900, with room to expand to 30,000 with temporary seating. Individual seats will increase in size to 44 inches. (“No more getting kneed in the back for tall people,” Johnson said.) The Oregon track team will get a state-of-the-art locker room that for the first time gives individual locker space to each athlete, and an indoor practice facility that has dedicated space for throwers and jumpers, and a 140-meter track with a curve.
The design includes a nine-story tower topped by an observation deck that will provide a panoramic view of the area and is named the Bowerman Tower in honor of former Oregon coach and Nike cofounder Bill Bowerman.
“We need a facility that will be built for the future,” University of Oregon president Michael Schill said. “And that’s what this is.”
But here’s what the renovation doesn’t have: the East Grandstand.
That’s the iconic, wooden structure on the backstretch of Hayward Field, where decades of track and field fans have cheered everyone from Steve Prefontaine as he ran his final race to Raevyn Rogers as she clinched a triple crown for the Oregon women at the 2017 NCAA championships.
source1 : www.runnersworld.com
source2 : hayward.uoregon.edu/about
 

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This was my post in the USA Stadiums thread:
Just for some perspective, this is how the stadium, then called Kincaid Field, looked when the Oregon Webfoots played their home football games in the 1920s. Photo from fishduck.com.



And this is how it looks now, when they get a full house for the US Track and Field Championships.

 

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Community members fight back against the Hayward Field renovation
:bash: :bash: :bash: :bash:

Community members gathered at the City Council meeting on Monday night, April 23, to let councilors know that they weren’t okay with the Hayward Field renovations and wanted to see something done.
The public requested that the Council put in an application to make the field a historic landmark. If it were to achieve that status it would have to be done by either the City Council or the owner, the University of Oregon. However, councilors said this still wouldn’t keep Hayward from being demolished.
"If we can start talking about what those options are we might be able to find a solution that is going to work for people, so they can feel like they've been heard and that legacy is continuing in some way,” said Jennifer Yeh, a Eugene City Councilor.
They’re most interested in saving the east grandstands, so a couple other options are being considered to preserve those.
One would be to move the grandstands to Civic Park, but this hasn’t yet been approved by the Eugene Civic Alliance. Another would be to possibly integrate the grandstands into the new design, whereas the current design would have them demolished.

Since the release of the design, community members have been letting their complaints be known. Some being the issue of noise during construction or parking once the project was completed. But some people wanted to let councilors know that this is about more than those things, it’s about the legacy of Hayward Field.
"Hayward Field is an emotion. It's something that you step onto that field and you feel glorious,” said Neta Prefontaine, UO Track legend, Steve Prefontaine’s sister. “This is going to be a great day. The sun's going to come out and Steve's going to be out there on that field."
Councilors have scheduled a work session to further discuss the options at hand, as they said they just didn’t have enough time to take action at this time. They said they’re hoping to get the public and the University of Oregon together to come to a consensus. And some of the councilors felt personally connected enough to Hayward to want to preserve it.
"People know that structure, and know that that means historic Hayward Field all over the world. And to just kind of throw it away seems like a great shame,” said Alan Zelenka, another Eugene City Councilor.
Some people just hate progress or change. :eek:hno:
 

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If Eugene wants to continue to be known as Track City it needs to move forward.
These folks who have this fantasy about the "mystique" of the east grandstand need to join the reality of today.
 

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Eugene City Council declines to seek historic status for Hayward Field grandstands :applause:

The Eugene City Council voted 5-1 on Tuesday not to seek historic status for the east grandstands at Hayward Field, a move which might have delayed plans to raze the structure.
Councilor Betty Taylor cast the lone dissenting vote.
"I'm more convinced that the people against demolition have the better arguments on their side, the better reasons," she said.
Councilor Alan Zelenka argued the best course now is to make sure the University commits to saving what can be salvaged from the historic grandstands.
"How do we honor the east grandstands and preserve part of it, with potentially really good ideas about reuse?" he said.
The University faces a global deadline: the IAAF World Championships, the world's biggest track and field event aside from the summer Olympics, come to Eugene in 2021.
"2021 may be the catalyst to get it built sooner rather than later," Councilor Chirs Pryor said, "but it will be a facility that will be used into the future."
And possibly sooner than 2021: work is schedule to be complete in spring 2020, which puts Eugene in a position to take part in the re-bid for the 2020 Olympic track and field trials. Eugene hosted the trials at Hayward in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Regardless, city officials also want to make sure surrounding Eugene neighborhoods can survive the project.
"Any impacts that would occur in the neighborhoods, we do have a real, want to be part of those kinds of conversations," said Jon Ruiz, the Eugene city manager.
University President Michael Schill has agreed to work with the city on plans to mitigate noise, parking and traffic problems with a new Hayward Field.
"I understand really how the University came to the conclusion that it needed to do a full reconstruction as it looks to host these meets into the future," said Kari Westlund with Travel Lane County.
But it's a plan that leaves traditionalists feeling frustrated.
"The east grandstands supporters support the renovation of Hayward Field but using the Tinker Hatfield design," said Peter Thompson, referring to an earlier design by the architect who created the original Air Jordan.
 

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Hayward Field demolition permit issued

The days for Hayward Field’s East Grandstand are waning.
The city of Eugene on Friday issued the demolition permit authorizing crews to raze the iconic track and field venue, including the 93-year-old East Grandstand, to make way for a modern stadium set to open in 2020.
The demolition is expected to begin next month, but a University of Oregon spokesman said a date for the work to start has yet to be set.
“We did receive the permit,” Tobin Klinger said Monday. “But don’t have any new information, as we’re mapping out the timeline.”
A representative of PHIT LLC, which is managing the project, on Monday didn’t return a request for comment. A representative of Portland-based Hoffman Construction Co., the project’s general contractor, said Monday he needed to check with supervisors before answering questions about the pending demolition.
 

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The first walls of the new track and field stadium at Hayward Field are taking shape.

Construction workers have entered the concrete pouring phase of the years-long project, University of Oregon spokeswoman Molly Blancett said Tuesday.

Already, the newly built pieces of the stadium hint at the oval shape of the track. But, for now, the center of Hayward Field is a staging area rather than an athletics venue. Cranes, earthmovers and dump trucks chug around the site.

The project is set to be done by April 2020, and the revamped stadium will host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials and the 2021 World Track & Field Championships. The project will cost an estimated $200 million and has large financial backing from Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny Knight.
https://www.registerguard.com/news/20181003/hayward-field-construction-rounds-corner-at-uo
 
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