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Hayward Premieres Stadium to Limited Crowd

Karen Richards

Friday and Saturday’s Hayward Premiere meet featured some Oregon wins, plenty of PR’s, and some wide-eyed expressions of awe from visiting athletes and guests as they took in the new stadium for the first time. 

Oregon Head Track Coach Robert Johnson compared the Eugene venue to a five-star resort, saying fans will love the split-screen video board, the comfortable seats and upgraded bathrooms. 


For the athletes, he said, yes they’ve now run at Hayward, but you don’t really run at Hayward until it’s packed with fans: “This one is an experience, and they’ll remember this one for the rest of their lives," said Johnson. "But wait ’til we have the real Hayward when you can’t hear yourself talking to the person right next to you because they’re going crazy. That’s the Hayward Field I remember, and that’s the Hayward Field that I want them to experience.”


Oregon’s next home track and field meet is the West Coast Classic, April 17th.  

Resulsts are listed on Athletic Timing website here

Credit Karen Richards
Friday's distance night events at the Hayward Premiere lasted well past sunset.

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.
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