What People are Saying: Testimonials about the Hayward Field Renovation

 
Rendering of the south side of Hayward Field
What People are Saying

Vin Lananna

“We are thrilled that the new Hayward Field will be the most awe-inspiring track and field facility in the world. It pays homage to our past and prepares our future generations. Hayward Field has served as the incubator for innovation in sport and is where iconic coaches have taught lifelong lessons. Bill Bowerman and his predecessor Bill Hayward taught generations of Oregon student athletes to test the limits of human performance. His successors have prepared the next generation for NCAA and Olympic performances. And now future student athletes from all corners of the globe will come to Hayward Field to feel the history and to experience the Hayward magic.”

Vin Lananna
UO associate athletic director, TrackTown USA president, 2016 US Olympic men’s track and field head coach


Robert Johnson

“The University of Oregon track and field program is one steeped in a tradition of excellence. The new Hayward Field stadium and facilities will now be a fitting reflection of that tradition, and a place where current and future student-athletes can rest, recover and prepare to proudly carry on this rich legacy. A heartfelt thank you to those who are investing in the next generation of legendary moments at Hayward Field. And to all of the fans who make Eugene special, we can't wait for you to bring the knowledge and Hayward Field magic that is unparalleled in the sport of track and field around the world.”

Robert Johnson
UO head track and field coach, seven-time NCAA Women’s Coach of the Year, four-time NCAA Men’s Coach of the Year; under Johnson, the UO has won 13 NCAA championships and 12 Pac-12 championships, and completed the only single-season Triple Crown (cross country, indoor, outdoor national champions) in NCAA history


Raevyn Rogers

“A new facility will add to the mystique, the motivation of what’s next for the university and the program. When you think about historical groups that were successful, they were successful through evolution. You have to adjust to move forward.”

Raevyn Rogers
IAAF World Indoor Championships gold medalist (2018, 4x400), 2017 Bowerman Award winner, 2017 USTFCCCA Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, six-time NCAA champion, eight-time All-American, UO record holder (indoor 800 meters)


Lance Deal

“I’ve been part of Hayward Field in every aspect. I competed here as a collegian, as a pro I was based here and trained at Hayward, I coached here, and I’m the director of track and field venues. As a four-time Olympian, I’ve also been in many of the major stadiums. In my experience, wearing all those hats, this new facility will be the best track and field facility on the planet.”

Lance Deal
UO director of track and field venues and program support, former UO track and field assistant coach, Olympic silver medalist (1996, hammer throw), four-time Olympian (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000), two-time Pan American Games gold medalist, USA record holder (hammer throw), 21-time national champion


Andrew Wheating

“It’s unbelievable and is going to absolutely embody what Oregon track and field is all about. I can’t imagine the types of performances we’ll see in the future.”

Andrew Wheating
Two-time Olympian (2008, 2012), 2010 USTFCCCA Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, 2010 Bowerman Award finalist, five-time NCAA champion, eight-time All-American, UO record holder in mile (outdoor) and 800-meters (indoor)


Ellen Schmidt-Devlin

“This facility not only provides athletes with state of the art amenities that are standard in the world’s best stadiums, but it ensures Oregon’s outstanding women—who have won 13 of the UO’s 24 NCAA track and field championships, including the only single-season Triple Crown—will enjoy the same modern, spacious locker rooms, weight room, and treatment rooms as the men.”

Ellen Schmidt-Devlin
Cofounder and executive director of the UO’s Sports Product Management Program, AIAW All-American, number six on UO’s all-time women’s outdoor mile list


Matt Centrowitz

“I had a conversation with my son (Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.) about the new stadium, and as much as we love tradition, you have to go forward and I’m excited about the future.”

Matt Centrowitz
Two-time Olympian (1976, 1980), former 5,000-meter American record holder, four-time USA outdoor champion, two-time All-American


Matthew Centrowitz Jr.

“It looks futuristic, like no stadium that I’ve ever raced in.”

Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.
Olympic gold medalist (2016, 1,500 meters), two-time Olympian (2012, 2016), IAAF World Indoor Championships gold medalist (2016, 1,500 meters), UO 1,500-meter record holder, five-time All-American


Devon Allen

“It’s like a mixture between the Bird’s Nest and the Rose Bowl. It’s awesome.”

Devon Allen
Olympian (2016), 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships gold medalist (110 meters), two-time NCAA champion, two-time All-American, UO record holder in 110-meter hurdles (outdoor), 60-meter hurdles (indoor)


English Gardner

“I absolutely believe that Hayward magic will still be in the new stadium. It looks even louder than it is now. The engagement with the fans, as athletes we feed off that, and that's what makes Hayward great. This will promote better recruiting, and better meets. Better facilities attract good people.”

English Gardner
Olympic gold medalist (4x100, 2016), two-time World Championships silver medalist (4x100, 2013 and 2015), five-time NCAA champion, eight-time All-American

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