Oregon closed the book on its last NCAA Track & Field Championships at historic Hayward Field over the weekend — but a shiny, new version of the venue will emerge in 2020.
Construction workers wasted little time in starting on that new iteration of Hayward Field as those in hard hats began removing wooden bleachers from the grandstands on Monday. Photographic evidence emerged via The (Eugene) Register-Guard photographer Andy Nelson:
— ANDY NELSON (@APNELSONPHOTOS) June 11, 2018
In April, the University of Oregon unveiled plans for reimagining Hayward Field, which opened in 1919 as a football stadium and became a dual-sport venue with the addition of track and field in 1921. Notable Nike executive and Oregon alumnus Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, led a fundraising effort that included more than 50 donors for the project, which will be privately funded.
As a result of the project, the school won’t host the 2019 NCAA Championships. That will change in 2021, a year after the new venue is set to open, when the event will return to Eugene. The new stadium also will host the 2022 finals.