Hayward Field's Legacy Carries On Through Repurposed Artifacts, Materials

Jan 28, 2021

Hayward Field at the University of Oregon was renovated beginning in 2018.  Now parts of its history live on through salvaged remnants.

Old barbells and shotput weights will be featured in the fitness room at the Gordon Hotel when it opens next month. They were salvaged from the Hayward Field renovation which began in June 2018.
Credit Obie Companies

In this photo from June 2018, crews began tearing down the East Grandstand at the U of O's Hayward Field facility.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

Excavators razed several old structures during the $200 million renovation. Several groups now have pieces of that legacy.

Obie Companies President Brian Obie said it’s part of their 5th Street Market expansion:

“We were fortunate enough to be granted steps out of the old stadium.  We will make benches out of those, it’ll be close to the Nike Store," Obie told KLCC. 

Directional signs from Powell Plaza, shown in this undated photograph prior to the demolition of the East Grandstand.
Credit University of Oregon

"We also have some directional signs from what was known next to Hayward Field as Powell Plaza. And they’ll be on walls adjacent to the Hayward Room on the second floor of the Gordon Hotel.”

And Andrew Martz of the Eugene Airport said they’re partnering with the Oregon Track Club on a display by the baggage claim.

”Planking where you can see some of the athletes’ spike marks and some of the old presidential box seats," said Martz, emphasizing that currently the project is still in its conceptual phase. "A real clear vision of just how important track and field is to Eugene and to the region.”

15 groups and individuals have been allocated materials from Hayward Field, through a community application process.

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