Hayward Field, on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon, is one of the best known track and field stadiums in the world. Originally constructed for football in 1919, Hayward Field has established itself as the epicenter of track and field in the United States. After hosting its sixth U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in 2016, the historic stadium will undergo a significant renovation.
The UO Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization responsible for receiving and administering gifts given to the university, is managing the renovation. The construction project will respect and honor Hayward Field’s rich past while preparing the venue for the future. The design vision entails the renovation of the east grandstand to modern standards, while preserving the original character of the historic building. Additionally, the project will rebuild the rest of the venue as a world-class, high-performance athletic and academic facility.
Located at the heart of campus, the iconic stadium also represents an intersection between academics and athletics. The UO Human Physiology faculty and students currently in the Bowerman Building will move to a dedicated facility within the west grandstand that nearly doubles current research space and provides direct access to the indoor training facility, the outdoor track and recreation fields. Athletes will enjoy upgraded and expanded training, support and competition facilities, while the design will ensure spectators remain at the center of the action.
With construction scheduled to begin in June 2017, the renovation schedule will ensure the first phase of construction is complete by May 2018, in time for Hayward Field to host events such as the OSAA Track and Field Championships, Prefontaine Classic and NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The second phase of construction will take place from July 2018-May 2019. With the approval of the UO Board of Trustees, the completed, overarching project will be named the Bowerman Track and Field Complex.