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Hayward Field

Currently under renovation until 2020

Runners, both the athletes and the fans, consider the University of Oregon's Hayward Field as a cherished destination for track and field. Since 1921, the field's first track lanes - fashioned on ground originally dedicated to football - spawned generations of track legends.

Steeplechase by Buzz Summers

Bill Hayward was UO's first track and field head coach. Over his 44 years he coached American and world-record holders, with nine of his athletes going to the Olympics. His coaching prowess was followed by Coach Bill Bowerman also known for turning out amazing champions and Olympians.

Statue of Coach Bill Bowerman by Dave Thomas

It is not surprising to see visitors get weepy visiting Hayward 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.

Hayward Field During Olympic Trails by Dave Thomas

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

Eugene Marathon

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

Oregon21

In 2021, Eugene prepares to host the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Track and 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.

NCAA Flags by Janelle Breedlove

Renovations

Over the years, Hayward Field has been updated, upgraded and expanded. Now with the honor of hosting Oregon21, and with consideration for future track events and UO's prestigious ongoing track programs, Hayward Field is undergoing a dramatic renovation. For full renovation details, visit the UO Hayward Field website

Hayward Field Renovation Rendering

The new stadium seating will have a capacity of 12,500 seats with temporary seating up to 30,000. A nine-story tower shaped like a torch will house interpretive monuments, office and conference space and viewing areas including an observation deck. The stadium will offer open and airy design with sight lines from the street to the field. Full amenities for the athletes will include locker rooms, equipment rooms, training rooms and treatment facilities. There will also be a 4,000-square-foot museum memorializing UO's former track coaches.

Hayward Field Renovation Outside Rendering

During the renovation, sidewalks adjacent the field on Agate Street and East 15th Street have been closed. There will be parking impacts and periodic street closures so check for construction and traffic updates. Construction is expected to run through the spring of 2020.

While construction may temporarily relocate training and events, the resulting enhancements will elevate the hundred-year old field 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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