Hayward Field History

Panorama of Hayward Field during the 2016 US Olympic Trials

Hayward Field History

In its 100-year history, Hayward Field has become the nation’s most storied track and field venue

Hayward Field has been the home of legends since its inception. Named for one of track and field’s most innovative early coaches, by the time the first grandstand was built in 1925, the University of Oregon had already produced two All-Americans and won a Pacific Coast Conference title.

Every passing season has brought changes, but the two constants have been excellence and accolades. More USA Olympic Track and Field Trials and NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted than any other venue; more “World’s Greatest Athlete” titles bestowed upon decathlon world record breakers than at any other venue; and more incredible performances than you could name in the time it took Pre to run a mile.

 

1910s


1919

Hayward Field was built

Hayward Field was constructed as a football stadium. It had previously been a cow pasture when the university kept cattle to supply milk to the dormitory students. A creek ran through this lot creating problems when the university moved the athletic field from Kincaid Field to this new location. Three feet of rock and coarse gravel had to be laid down, and then 12 to 15 inches of sandy soil on top.

Two UO yell kings in the middle of a throng of students at Hayward Field on November 15, 1919, prior a football game against Oregon Agricultural College.

Two UO yell kings in the middle of a throng of students at Hayward Field on November 15, 1919, prior to a football game against Oregon Agricultural College—the first game ever played at Hayward Field.

 

Bill Hayward

The father of Oregon track and field and its famous track and field facility, Bill Hayward was appropriately known as the ‘Grand Old Man’ during his 44-year career as a Duck coach from 1904-1947. In addition to his track and field coaching duties, Hayward also served as athletic trainer and basketball coach.

He coached four track world record holders, six American record holders, and nine Olympians, and assisted on U.S. Olympic teams from 1908-1932. 

Did You Know?

Bill Hayward didn't know that Hayward Field had been named in his honor until the day after the dedication because the ceremony was held during halftime of the first football game while Hayward was in the locker room serving as the football team's trainer.

University of Oregon track coach Bill Hayward standing in front of the bleachers at Hayward Field in 1926.

University of Oregon track coach Bill Hayward standing in front of the bleachers at Hayward Field in 1926.

 
 
 

1920s


1921

Six-lane cinder track installed

The track, bordering the football playing field, was installed for $10,000, and included a 220-yard straightway on the east end. The bleachers were transferred from Kincaid Field, where the University of Oregon's track and field team previously competed.

Men working at Hayward to install the new cinder track

Men working at Hayward to install the new cinder track


1925

Wooden east grandstand added


1928

Northeast bleachers were covered

University of Oregon students paid to cover the bleachers on the northeast end that remained until 1950

1929

Appeared in the silent movie Ed's Coed

Video courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

 
 
 

1930s


1937

Turf field replaces sawdust

Homecoming football game played against Oregon State at Hayward Field on October 23, 1937

Homecoming football game played against Oregon State at Hayward Field on October 23, 1937


1938

45-foot south addition added

 
 
 

1940s


1949

New permanent and removable seats added

Renovation to Hayward Field added 2,240 permanent seats in the south endzone, with 2,576 removable seats added in the southeast and southwest corners of the endzone, giving the stadium a capacity of 22,500 for football games.

Illustration of the new 1949 addition at Hayward Field from the July 21, 1949, issue of the Eugene Register-Guard.

New electronic scoreboard added

The new scoreboard was erected just behind the new permanent seats in the south endzone. It listed score, down, yards to go, and total first downs and was operated from the press box. It also had a clock that was operated from the east side of the field.

 
 
 

1950s


1950

North bleachers removed

Three men, including University of Oregon athletic director Leo Harris (holding the sledge hammer) posing for a commemorative shot as work to remove the north bleachers at Hayward Field is set to begin in 1950.

University of Oregon athletic director Leo Harris (holding the sledge hammer) and two men pose for a commemorative shot as work to remove the north bleachers at Hayward Field is set to begin in 1950


1954

Grandstand reinforced, raised 20 feet

distance runners Bill Dellinger (left) and Jim Bailey running at Hayward Field during a 1955 practice

Distance runners Bill Dellinger (left) and Jim Bailey running at Hayward Field during a 1955 practice, one year before both became All-Americans in 1956.

 
 
 

1960s


1962

Hosted NCAA Championships

The Men of Oregon won their first NCAA Championship with 85 points as Hayward Field hosted the event for the first time. It was also the first NCAA Championship for legendary Oregon head coach Bill Bowerman.

The east grandstand at Hayward Field taken during a late 1960s meet, with an American flag in the foreground at left.

The east grandstand at Hayward Field, taken during a late 1960s meet


1964

Hosted NCAA Championships

The Men of Oregon won their second NCAA Championship, and their second NCAA Championship at Hayward Field, with 70 points. It was also the second NCAA Championship for Bowerman.


1966

Football plays its last game in Hayward Field

The Ducks football team's last game in Hayward Field was against Washington State on November 5, 1966.

Video footage from the final football game at Hayward Field played against Washington State on November 5, 1966. Video courtesy of the Washington State University Libraries.


1967

Hosted Pac-8 Conference Championships

The Men of Oregon won their fourth conference championship, and the first at Hayward Field.

 
 
 

1970s


1970

All-weather surface installed

The first all-weather urethane surface was installed to replace the cinders, and the track was named Stevenson Track

Widened to 8 lanes

After having only 6 lanes since 1921, the track was expanded to have 8 lanes

Designated solely for track and field

The northwest jumping pit surrounded by rolls of sod during a renovation at Hayward Field around 1970

The northwest jumping pit surrounded by rolls of sod during a renovation at Hayward Field around 1970


1972

Hosted US Olympic Trials

Hayward Field hosted the US Olympic Trails for the first time, which saw three Men of Oregon advance to the Olympic Games in Munich, including Steve Prefontaine

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the third time. UCLA took home the title, while Oregon finished in fourth place.

Steve Prefontaine

Steve Prefontaine representing the United States at a dual All-Star meet against the Soviet Union in July 1971


1973

Hosted Pac-8 Championships

Hayward Field hosted the conference championships for the second time as USC took home the title and Oregon finished in third


1975

West grandstand completely rebuilt

The restoration project rebuilt the west grandstand to its current layout and received substantial support from gifts and a special fundraising track meet in which Steve Prefontaine ran

The gutted west grandstand at Hayward Field during 1975 renovation

The gutted west grandstand at Hayward Field during the 1975 renovation

Tom Heinonen

Tom Heinonen joins the Oregon coaching staff as a graduate assistant, eventually becoming the women's head cross country and track and field coach. Instrumental in the development of women’s athletics at Oregon, Heinonen inspired and led 134 All-Americans, ten Olympians, ten Academic All-Americans, and 14 individual national title winners in a 28-year career.


1976

Hosted US Olympic Trials

Hayward Field hosted the US Olympic Trails for the second-straight time, which saw two women and six men, including Matt Centrowitz, advance to the Olympic Games in Montreal 


1978

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the fourth time as UCLA and Texas-El Paso tied for the title and Oregon finished in fourth place

Appears in the movie Animal House

Movie poster for Animal House

 

 
 
 

1980s


1980

Hosted US Olympic Trials

Hayward Field hosted the US Olympic Trails for the third-straight time, which saw seven men, including Alberto Salazar, qualify for the Olympic Games in Moscow. However, the United States boycotted the 1980 Olympics so those athletes did not compete.


1982

Hosted Pac-10 Conference Championships

Hayward Field hosted the conference championships for the third time as UCLA took home the title and Oregon finished in fourth

Appeared in the movie Personal Best

Movie poster for Personal Best

 


1984

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the fifth time as the Men of Oregon won their fifth national title overall and first for head coach Bill Dellinger while the Women of Oregon finished fourth

Weight room under the north end moved to a separate building


1988

Track converted from 440 yards to 400 meters

East grandstand moved 11 meters east and reconditioned

Press conference announcing the renovation of Hayward Field in April 1987

Press conference announcing the renovation of Hayward Field in April 1987. University President Paul Olum is at lower left facing away from the camera

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the sixth time as the Men of Oregon finished tied for seventh while the Women of Oregon finished third as Annette Hand claimed the 5,000-meter title and Jill Smith won the javelin championship

 
 
 

1990s


1991

New scoreboard added

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the seventh time as the Men of Oregon finished third while the Women of Oregon finished tied for 15th


1992

Bowerman Family Building completed

Situated on the northwest corner of the facility, the $2 million building was dedicated to Bill Bowerman and his family, who donated funds necessary to construct the all-purpose building. The two-story, 15,000-square-foot brick building houses the Bowerman Sports Science Clinic along with athletic treatment, locker rooms, and meeting rooms. Memorabilia and various exhibits commemorate great athletes, teams and moments of the program's history.

Former track coach Bill Bowerman and two other men walking on the Hayward Field track, away from camera towards the Bowerman Building

Former Ducks track coach Bill Bowerman and two other men walking on the Hayward Field track towards the Bowerman Building.

Bowerman Sports Science Clinic Director Michael Hahn working with an athlete in his lab in the Bowerman Family Building

Bowerman Sports Science Clinic Director Michael Hahn (far left) performing a VO2 Max Test in the Bowerman Family Building

Hosted Pac-10 Conference Championships

Hayward Field hosted the conference championships for the fourth time as UCLA took home the men's title and the Men of Oregon finished in second, while the Women of Oregon won their second-straight conference championship

Sprinter Camara Jones winning the 400 meters during the Pac-10 Conference championships at Hayward Field in 1992

Sprinter Camara Jones winning the 400 meters during the Pac-10 Conference championships at Hayward Field in 1992


1993

Hosted USA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the USA Championships for the first time as Michael Johnson broke the championship record on his way to the men's 400-meter title and Lynn Jennings broke the 10,000-meter championship record to take home the championship


1996

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the eighth time as the Men of Oregon finished 30th while the Women of Oregon finished fifth


1998

Appeared in the movie Without Limits

Movie poster for Without Limits

 


1999

Hosted USA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the USA Championships for the second time as Regina Jacobs won both the 1,500-meter and the 5,000-meter women's titles and Michelle Rohl set a new American record to win the 20 km walk

 
 
 

2000s


2000

Bill Bowerman statue added

The Bill Bowerman statue was added next to the Bowerman Family Building in the northwest corner of the stadium on the "Bowerman Curve." It was sculpted by Nike employee Diana Lee Jackson.

Bill Bowerman statue

Bill Bowerman statue

Hosted Pac-10 Conference Championships

Hayward Field hosted the conference championships for the fifth time as USC took home the men's title and the Men of Oregon finished in seventh, while UCLA claimed the women's title and the Women of Oregon finished ninth


2001

Hosted USA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the USA Championships for the second time as Regina Jacobs won both the 800-meter and 1,500-meter women's titles

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the ninth time as the Men of Oregon finished ninth. Santiago Lorenzo claimed the decathlon title and John Stiegleler won the javelin. The Women of Oregon finished tied for 60th.


2005

Powell Plaza unveiled

Powell Plaza was unveiled to welcome fans into the northeast entrance of the fabled facility and provide details of the UO's rich track and field heritage. It is named after the family of Lloyd Powell, a track teammate of former coach and athlete Bill Dellinger.

Powell Plaza at Hayward Field

 

Powell Plaza at Hayward Field

 


2006

Indoor practice facility facelift completed

A complete facelift of the indoor practice area under the west grandstands was finished and included a new urethane-coated competition surface, jump runways and pits, and several throwing rings. A pair of state-of-the-art underwater and anti-gravity treadmills were installed to enhance Oregon's national-class athletic treatment facilities.

In addition, a new four-lane, fully-lit 400-meter all-weather track was added that encircles six new tennis courts on the southwest edge of the track.

Hosted Pac-10 Championships

Hayward Field hosted the conference championships for the sixth time as USC took home the men's title and the Men of Oregon finished in second, while Arizona State claimed the women's title and the Women of Oregon finished fifth


2007

Permanent lighting installed

New permanent lighting system was unveiled to easily accommodate the most televised hours of Olympic Trials coverage, thanks to eight, 110-foot light poles and an additional lighting system fixed to the top of west and east grandstands.

Lights at Hayward Field

 


2008

New scoreboard added

A new scoreboard was added, designed by noted Nike designer and University of Oregon graduate Tinker Hatfield

New scoreboard at Hayward Field

 

Hosted US Olympic Trials

Hayward Field hosted the US Olympic Trails for the fourth time, which saw two men qualify for the Olympic Games in Beijing—Galen Rupp in the 10,000 meters and Andrew Wheating in the 800 meters


2009

Hosted USA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the USA Championships for the third time as former Duck Galen Rupp won the men's 10,000 meters

Hosted Pac-10 Conference Championships

Hayward Field hosted the conference championships for the seventh time as both the Men of Oregon and the Women of Oregon took home the conference title, the 13th conference title overall and third straight for the men and sixth overall for the women

 
 
 

2010s


2010

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the 10th time as the Men of Oregon finished third as Andrew Wheating won both the 800 meters and the 1,500 meters and Ashton Eaton won the decathlon, while the Women of Oregon finished second with Brianne Thiesen winning the heptathlon

Flags from participating universities flying over Hayward Field during the NCAA Championships

 


2011

Hosted USA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the USA Championships for the fourth time as former Duck Galen Rupp won the men's 10,000 meters, Matthew Centrowitz Jr. won the men's 1,500 meters, and Ashton Eaton won the decathlon


2012

Hosted US Olympic Trials

Hayward Field hosted the US Olympic Trails for the fifth time overall and second-straight, which saw five men qualify in six disciplines for the Olympic Games in London—Ashton Eaton set the world record in the decathlon and Galen Rupp won both the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters—and three women qualify, including Becky Holliday who finished second in the pole vault

Hosted Pac-12 Championships

Hayward Field hosted the conference championships for the eighth time as both the Men of Oregon and the Women of Oregon took home the conference title, the 16th conference title overall and sixth straight for the men and ninth overall and third straight for the women


2013

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the 11th time as the Men of Oregon finished fourth as Elijah Grer won the 800 meters and Mac Fleet won the 1,500 meters, while the Women of Oregon finished third with English Gardner winning the 100 meters


2014

Hosted IAAF World Junior Championships

Hayward Field hosted the IAAF World Junior Championships for the first time. The meet saw some of the world's best up-and-coming athletes compete in Eugene, including Trayvon Bromell, Dina Asher-Smith, Mary Cain, Shamier Little, and Margaret Wambui.

Flags flying over Hayward Field during the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2014

 

Athletes running around the track at Hayward Field during the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2014

 

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the 12th time as the Men of Oregon won their sixth title highlighted by Edward Cheserek winning the 10,000 meters, Devon Allen winning the 110-meter hurdles, Mac Fleet winning the 1,500 meters and Sam Crouser taking home the title in the javelin, while the Women of Oregon finished third as Laura Roesler won the 800 meters and Jenna Prandini won the long jump


2015

Hosted USA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the USA Championships for the fifth time as former Duck Galen Rupp won the men's 10,000 meters, Matthew Centrowitz Jr. won the men's 1,500 meters, and Jenna Prandini won the women's 200 meters

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the 13th time as the Men of Oregon won their seventh overall title and second straight as Edward Cheserek swept the 5,000 and 10,000 meters and Sam Crouser won the javelin, while the Women of Oregon won their second championship as Jenna Prandini won the 100 meters and Raevyn Rogers won the 800-meter title

University of Oregon head track and field coach Robert Johnson being doused with water by the team after winning the 2015 team title at the NCAA track and field championships on June 12, 2015 at Hayward Field.

 


2016

Hosted US Olympic Trials

Hayward Field hosted the US Olympic Trails for the sixth time overall and third-straight, which saw seven men qualify in eight disciplines for the Olympic Games in London, including Ashton Eaton, who won the decathlon; Galen Rupp, who won the 10,000 meters; Matthew Centrowitz, who won the 1,500 meters; and Devon Allen, who won the 110-meter hurdles; and Cyrus Hostetler who won the javelin; and four women qualify, including English Gardner, who won the 100 meters.

Devon Allen winning the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 110-meter hurdles

Devon Allen winning the 110-meter hurdles at the 2016 Olympic Trials

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the 14th time as the Men of Oregon finished fourth as Edward Cheserek swept the 5,000 and 10,000 meters and Devon Allen won the 110-meter hurdles, while the Women of Oregon finished second as Ariana Washington swept the 100 and 200 meters and Raevyn Rogers won the 800 meters

Edward Cheserek

Edward Cheserek finished his incredible career as the winningest male athlete in the history of NCAA Division I athletics. Photo by Eric Evans/GoDucks.com


2017

Hosted NCAA Championships

Hayward Field hosted the NCAA Championships for the 15th time as the Men of Oregon finished in ninth place, while the Women of Oregon won their third national championship as Raevyn Rogers won the 800 meters

Raevyn Rogers

Raevyn Rogers won the 800 meters at the 2015, 2016, and 2017 NCAA Championships.

Hosted Pac-12 Conference Championships

Hayward Field hosted the conference championships for the ninth time as both the Men of Oregon and the Women of Oregon took home the conference title, the 21th conference title overall and 11th straight for the men and 14th overall and eighth straight for the women