For track and field athletes and fans, the East Grandstand at Hayward Field is considered the birthplace of the sport. Built in 1925, it is the oldest remaining structure at Hayward Field and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, due to its association with the development and popularization of track and field—as well as its role in establishing Eugene, Oregon, as “Tracktown, U.S.A.” It is also the building most closely associated with the accomplishments of famed runner Steve Prefontaine (1951–1975).
In Fall 2015, the University of Oregon announced an impending major renovation of Hayward Field in anticipation of multiple new track and field events, culminating in the 2021 World Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The University stated that it would “set a new standard as the home for athletes across the world.” The historic East Grandstand was preserved as part of this planned renovation. However, in April 2018, the University presented a revised plan that removes the East Grandstand. Under this new plan, the site is dominated by one large, new stadium. A demolition permit was issued by the City of Eugene on Friday, June 1, and demolition and construction could begin as early as mid-June 2018. The City of Eugene denied local landmark status for the stadium, and no public hearings to review the university’s plans have been held.
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Don't Demolish the East Grandstand!
Dear Presidents Schill and Weinhold,
I am writing today to respectfully ask that you reconsider plans to demolish the historic East Grandstand at Hayward Field.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]