The University of Oregon's beloved historic Hayward Field was torn down in June 2018, just three years shy of its 100th anniversary as the home of the Oregon track program, to make room for a visually stunning, $200 million state-of-the-art facility that opened in Spring of 2021.
Hayward Field was designed by Seattle-based architectural firm SRG Partnership, built by Hoffman Construction, with Lighting Design expertly crafted by the award-winning firm - Horton Lees Brogden Lighting. (HLB). The Hayward Field development team went across the country and around the world visiting 11 different Olympic venues all over Europe with another trip that including 10 Hall of Fame and multi-cultural museums in the United States and Canada.
The entire project was fully funded by private donations from Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, and more than 50 other donors. It was a "Design Build” project where in the designers, architects and contractors work as a close-knit team enabling them to allow for changing elements in real time, as they were built, making last-minute accommodations and changes possible.
Hayward Field capacity is being listed as 12,650 with an ability to expand to 25,000 for large events like the Olympic Trials and World Championships. The final result is the $200 million state-of-the-art Hayward Field - The most expensive and modern track-only facility in the United States.
Hayward Field's Design Objectives
#1 - Create a “Theater” for Track and Field. This included unobstructed sight lines throughout; great acoustics; a new nine-lane track and \intimacy, a proximity of spectators to athletes. The arena seating is in the form of spacious 22-inch seats with generous and comfortable 44-inch tread depth throughout the stadium. The first row of seats will sit on track level, mere feet from the outside lane giving spectators unprecedented views of the action.
Create a "Theater" for Track and Field University of Oregon
Design Objective: Create a Heroic Wood Glulam Structure.
The design team was tasked with the clients goal of showcasing Oregon history, culture, and forest products. As Bill Bowerman said before the 1974 Hayward Renovation, “Oregon is wood, and wood is Oregon.”
Hoffman Construction worked closely with their trade partner Western Archrib to fabricate each of the 83 unique pairs of massive glulams. Each glulam bent was shipped to the project in three pieces, which were then assembled on-site.
1000 DART fixtures were used throughout the stadium. HLB selected the powerful, yet minimalist sized DART Projector in both the large DART Maxi and DART Medium to illuminate both the Glulam / wood "fins" of the structure and the stadium seating.
The largest version within the DART range - DART MAXI is designed for architectural lighting of large surfaces and maximum light throw, where it is distance essential to the design.
The perfect inground accent to illuminate the exterior wood "fins" structure was the KEPLERO ZOOM.
The perfect strength of an in-ground fixture in contrast with a unique dynamic optical system that can create numerous light beams within one optical system. With KEPLERO ZOOM the beam optic can changed at any time thanks to its revolutionary optical system with four set optics – Spot, Flood, Medium Wide Flood, and Wide Flood. KEPLERO ZOOM
Design Objective: CREATE A STRUCTURE THAT IS OPEN AND AIRY
As a result of sourcing materials locally, the stadium has become a symbolic representation of the state of Oregon.
The base is made of stone echoes the Cascade mountain range
Timber beams in the roof represent Oregon’s lush fir forests
Transparent roof provides expansive views of the hills surrounding Eugene.