Oregon announces major renovations coming to Hayward Field

Oregon’s legendary track facility is about to undergo major renovations that will help the Ducks maintain their status as the home of the USA Olympic trials.

Courtesy of Oregon Athletics

This new structure will include class rooms and labs for the Department of Human Physiology and the Bowerman Sports Science Clinic. So it’s not going to just been benefiting the athletic department, it’ll also be benefitting the school as well. And that’s going to be the way to get these renovations for athletic facilities done in the future, making them multi-use and easily accessible to the student body that is likely to need them.

The funding for these renovations will come from Nike cofounder Phil Knight, as has most of the money for Oregon’s facility renovations. Knight seems particularly excited about this project as Nike’s start came at the legendary track.

“As I’ve said many times, my business life was born on Hayward Field,” Phil Knight said, “so this is a deeply personal project for me. My goal is to see an enduring monument to the ideals of perseverance, innovation and achievement that my coach, mentor and business partner Bill Bowerman instilled in all his athletes. We will honor Bill Hayward’s and Bill Bowerman’s legendary achievements by creating a magical venue that will remain the heart of the University of Oregon for generations to come.”  – University of Oregon press release

This is a radical change from the iconic structure that currently sits on the Hayward Field site. It should be completed by 2020.

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