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Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s


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Historic Hayward Field

Runners, both the athletes and the fans, view the University of Oregon's Historic Hayward Field as a cherished monument to Track & Field. Since 1919, its first six track lanes - fashioned on ground originally dedicated to football - spawned generations of track legends.

It is not surprising to see visitors get weepy walking onto the field for the first time. And when one attends a meet here, an enthusiastic fan base fills the seats, roaring for track and field athletes like no other community across the nation. The appreciation for running reverberates here - you can feel it.

Steeplechase by Buzz Summers

Historic Hayward Field has earned its significant reputation by hosting numerous NCAA Championships and national championships, dozens of Prefontaine Classics and other world-class events. The U.S. Olympic Trials - Track and Field were held here in 1972, '76, '80, 2008, 2012 and 2016. It has also been the home track for runners on the road to greatness - from Steve Prefontaine to Ashton Eaton, many world-record holders have trained here.

Eugene Marathon

The Eugene community also has a great fondness for the track. For many years the Oregon Track Club invited visitors and residents of all ages and abilities to compete in their annual "All-Comers" meet at Hayward. And traditionally, the Eugene Marathon's finishing line has been at Hayward Field.

Over the years, Hayward Field has been updated, upgraded and expanded. Among those changes include increased seating; a re-designed infield; a face-lift for indoor practice areas; the addition of a giant video screen; permanent lighting; the Bowerman Building for locker rooms, meeting space and athlete treatment rooms; six tennis courts; and the Powell Plaza showcasing the field's rich heritage.

NCAA Flags by Janelle Breedlove

Oregon21

In 2021, Eugene prepares to host the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Track & Field World Championships. This will be the first time the World Championships takes place in the United States - and it will be the largest sporting event in the world that year.

With this honor there will be significant renovations to the facility, including expanding the current seating from 10,500 seats to 30,000 permanent and temporary seats. While construction may temporarily relocate training and events, the resulting enhancements will elevate the hundred-year old venue to the pinnacle of its sport. 

Hayward Historic District

The surrounding neighborhood boasts local ice cream shops, restaurants and breweries; the UO campus; and quiet tree-lined residential streets and shady parks. After any large track and field event, athletes can be spotted indulging in a scoop of ice cream at Prince Pucklers or cooling down on the forest trails at Hendricks Park.

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Hayward Field

  • 1580 E 15th Ave, Eugene OR 97403
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