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Earlier this summer, Oregon officially took possession of the completed Hayward Field and the views of the new track and field exterior were stunning. With the Track and Field athlete now back on campus, we’re finally getting a look at the interior.
When the exterior was completed in June, Track and field coach Robert Johnson said that he wanted his athletes to get the first look at the state of the art facility with a construction budget upwards of $200 million.
On Friday, the Oregon athletes were given a tour and the athletic department released multiple videos for fans detailing the interior of the facility.
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The stadium which was built to host the World Championships in Athletics in 2021, which has now been moved to 2022, will also be the home for the Oregon track program, featuring state of the art training equipment. Hayward Field will feature a 140-meter indoor track along with throwing and jumping pits on the ground floor, weight, locker and equipment rooms, a theater and medical facility, hydrotherapy pools, and seven a barbershop. All of these additions will be tailor-made so that the athlete will have the very best.
“We’re going to basically have everything in one house,” Oregon track and field coach Robert Johnson said during the construction of the stadium. “[Before] The kids didn’t have a locker room. They didn’t have a place to shower. They didn’t have a place to go and prepare for a meet. I think with this renovation it brings the facility up to speed.”
Nike executive and lead project designer Todd Van Horne believes the project’s result will represent what Carnegie Hall does in the music world.
“Hayward Field will be a world-class theater for track and field,” Van Horne said in a media tour that took place in September. “But, this is truly built for the athlete.”
The opening of the stadium was supposed to occur this spring but the COVID-19 Pandemic saw the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Track and Field Season plus the 2020 Tokyo Olympics pushed back to 2021. With all major international events pushed back by a year, the US Olympic Trials will take place in the summer of 2021 at Hayward Field and the Track and Field World Championships will now take place in the summer of 2022. It’s not clear what will be the first event to take place in the new stadium.