Another look at the Hayward Field facelift

Hayward Field will be renovated and rebranded in the coming year as it gets ready to host the 2021 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field championships.

An artist rendering of the reconstructed stadium was released on Tuesday by the UO Foundation, which is managing the project, on a website devoted to the renovation.

The picture depicts a spacious West Grandstand and a remodeled East Grandstand.

The UO Foundation also announced a new name for the stadium, once construction is complete — Hayward Field at the Bowerman Track and Field Complex.

The year-long remodel will begin in August and is expected to be competition ready in time for the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

According to the UO Foundation, the renovation “will respect and honor Hayward Field’s rich past while preparing the venue for the future. The design vision entails the renovation of the East Grandstand to modern standards, while preserving the original character of the historic building. Additionally, the project will rebuild the rest of the venue as a world-class, high-performance athletic and academic facility.”

Hayward Field, built in 1919, currently has a capacity of approximately 10,500.

It’ll need to hold at least 30,000 for the world championships, though much of that is expected to be temporary seating. Capacity in the remodeled stadium is expected to be closer to 12,500 permanent seats.

The East Grandstand, originally added in 1925, will be updated to improve “accessibility and amenities” and will connect with the West Grandstand via a concourse.

The new West Grandstand will include suites, office space and concessions, as well as improved media facilities.

An indoor practice facility will also be built in the West Grandstand, along with locker rooms, treatment space, a weight room.

There will not be a full indoor track facility associated with the construction project, though there will be a 110-meter training track and an indoor pole vault training area.

The Bowerman Building will be demolished to make room for the West Grandstand.

The UO Foundation did not announce how much the renovation would cost, stating that the project was still on the design phase.



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