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Hayward Field, Eugene

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The centerpiece of 'Track Town, USA', Hayward Field attracts athletes, coaches and fans from thousands of miles away because of its renowned crowds well-versed in the sport and ready to roar in approval. Hayward Field's historic, covered grandstands are equally beloved, and comparable to many famous European venues. The 'Carnegie Hall' for American track and field plays host annually to the nation's finest single-day track and field contest, the Prefontaine Classic, which features the top mix of national and international talent on American soil each year.

The University of Oregon’s fabled track and field-only facility is named for the first of several legendary coaches, Bill Hayward, who guided the University of Oregon’s men’s team from 1904-1947.

Hayward Field was initially constructed for football in 1919. Two years later, a six-lane cinder track was installed and a full schedule of track events were transferred from Kincaid Field on the opposite edge of campus. The facility was utilized for both sports until the opening of Autzen Stadium in 1967.

The stadium (current capacity: 10,500) has undergone significant improvements in modern history, including a new track surface, permanent lights, a video board and newly configured infield.
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  • This is one of the great tracks in the United States--a few years ago, at the Prefontaine Classic, we witnessed the record time for the fastest mile ever run on U.S. soil. If you're a jogger and your'...  more »
  • U of O's Hayward Field, throughout its 98 years of existence has hosted many major events like NCAA, Olympic Trials, Prefontaine Classics and a first for the US, the International Track and Field Cham...  more »
  • I had never been to a track and field meet before moving to Eugene. Hayward Field is one of the most iconic sports viewing places in the world. It hosts the Prefontaine Classic for the Diamond League,...  more »
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  • As a huge track and field fan, it was amazing to watch the Olympic Trials at this awesome venue. The history of the track and time-honored grandstands almost make me sad that the whole stadium will soon be completed renovated for the upcoming World Championships.
  • The heart of TrackTown USA. A must-see for Track & Field, fitness or sports enthusiasts. Peaceful and quiet in the mornings on non-event days.
  • History of coaches Bill Hayward & Bill Bower man, co-founder of Nike and Track town USA, brought many champions to Eugene, popularized jogging, and so much more. My uncle Bud Bassett took me there to see The early sub-4 minute miles, and my father later worked at Hayward field. Home of honorable champions.
  • Many knowledgable track and field and fans make it one of the most incredible (and magical) places to compete.
  • The worldly known Hayward Field. It's probably the most famous track and town place in the world. A big and beautiful stadium, with an awesome atmosphere around it.