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Preliminary Takedown Of East Grandstand Begins, Bench By Bench

Brian Bull

Dismantling of the East Grandstand of Hayward Field in Eugene has begun.

This morning, a crew was seen removing the wooden bench seats from the athletic facility at the University of Oregon.

Campus spokesman Tobin Klinger says it’s just prep work ahead of the actual demolition scheduled for June 19th.

One group, the East Grandstand Supporters, are trying to spare it from the wrecking ball. In an email, they say the U of O isn’t in compliance with state law. 

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Jim Watson, outside Hayward Field earlier today after watching the East Grandstand bench seats being removed.

Jim Watson is a long-time volunteer timer at Hayward Field. He was among a few people watching the crew take apart the seating today.

“I’m upset, angry…feel betrayed by the U of Oregon, what they’re doing," Watson tells KLCC.

"I think they’re out of compliance. So I hope there is a legal remedy for this.  And that they can put a ‘stop work’ order on it.”

The U of O wants to rebuild the Hayward Field venue before the 2021 Track and Field Championships.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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