Iconic Track Stadium Came Down Today

Strawberry Canyon
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Probably the most internationally famous college owned athletic facility in the world has been bulldozed to make way for what the University of Oregon is claiming will be the finest track facility in the world. This is far more than an Oregon story. Hayward Filed has been the home for a string of NCAA Championships and Olympic Trials.
Cal track and Cal track fans have been an indirect beneficiary of having these meets so regularly held at the next Pac 12 school to our north. So much of the country has to travel long distances, but we can hop direct flights from SF and SJC., or drive there in a day. The new facility will open in March of 2020. The stadium was also immortalized in an hilarious scene in the movie Animal House.

It may be sad to see such an historically significant stadium taken down in just two days, but the good news is that the new stadium will help to keep the national epicenter of this sport in our part of the country. The new stadium will host the 2021 Track and Field World Championships. It is one of three finalists (Sacramento being another) for the 2020 Olympic Trials. Texas will be hosting the NCAA Championships while the renovation of Hayward Field is under way. The estimated cost of for the new stadium is $200,000,000. It will be all paid for with private donations....most of which are coming from a former Oregon track athlete, who started a shoe company with his college coach and received funding from Duck track boosters. The former track athlete is Phil Knight and the company is Nike. A great American success story is now helping to build a great American track stadium.
cmfan64
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Thanks for sharing this information. Wouldn't it be nice if one of our alumni billionaires would build a smaller version to replace our antiquated track facilities.
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Cal Junkie
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There is some serious consternation among the Eugene locals regarding the demolition of the stadium, including Steve Prefontaine's sisters (Linda and Neta), who have harsh words for this project. Locals feel it was railroaded through without community input, as some wanted to retain certain aspects of the stadium including the famed East grandstands.

Cal is in danger of losing Edwards stadium outright to student housing, but I submitted a proposal in March to save it. Fingers crossed.
socaliganbear
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The most interesting critique comes from Tinker Hatfield, imo. A former pole vaulter at Oregon, architecture grad, and of course famous Nike shoe designer. Im short, he says the revised designed for the stadium is actually a bad performance venue.

https://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2018/06/tinker_hatfield_goes_public_bl.html
Strawberry Canyon
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Could there be some "sour grapes" from Tinker? The new design is being used in place of his design.

What a shame it would be to see Edwards go. It has had a glorious history, and is the largest college track specific stadium in the US (although it is now used for multiple sports). It is frustrating that Cal hasn't parlayed our desirable track climate and proximatety to major airports more to its advantage. I realize that Edwards is in need of serious renovations, but there is so much untapped potential.
Cal Junkie
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I've seen that and should have linked it. Thank you for posting that rebuttal, it's a worthwhile read.
Barttoriv74
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Cal Junkie said:


Cal is in danger of losing Edwards stadium outright to student housing, but I submitted a proposal in March to save it. Fingers crossed.


Cal can't drop women's track&field due to title IX, so where could Cal put an alternative facility? Dwight/Derby aka Clark Kerr would not seem to accommodate a facility due to size, location and neighbors.
The only way to accommodate both housing and track would be to tear down Edwards and build a track snug to Evans Diamond. The perimeter could be used for some housing but it's hardly ideal for anyone.
Strawberry Canyon
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I did a search to get a photo of the proposed stadium...I had trouble trying to upload it...so thought that I'd just put up a UO Track promo video




Cal Junkie
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Barttoriv74 said:

Cal Junkie said:


Cal is in danger of losing Edwards stadium outright to student housing, but I submitted a proposal in March to save it. Fingers crossed.


Cal can't drop women's track&field due to title IX, so where could Cal put an alternative facility? Dwight/Derby aka Clark Kerr would not seem to accommodate a facility due to size, location and neighbors.
The only way to accommodate both housing and track would be to tear down Edwards and build a track snug to Evans Diamond. The perimeter could be used for some housing but it's hardly ideal for anyone.
There is also women's soccer there. I proposed tearing down one side of Edwards' stands and leaving the track facility and the other side intact. Build housing on one side, seating on the other. It would also block some of the swirling winds. This is also the only gathering place on campus for students-staff in the event of a major disaster, women's soccer trains there, plus many other teams, clubs, groups, community members, etc. It is also a national historic monument which was named after a military figure.

Clark-Kerr is not suitable, one side is a cliff drop-off and it is also squarely on a fault line.
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