Hayward Field

A local TV news story about the restoration of Hayward Field's West Grandstand in 1973, featuring Bill Bowerman. This film is part of the Chambers Communications Corp. records, Coll 427 (Coll427_FVm03), Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon. Copyright University of Oregon. All rights reserved.


Named for Bill Hayward, UO track coach from 1903 to 1947.

  • 1919. Hayward Field is created primarily as a venue for football.  Hayward Field replaced Kinciaid Field, now the Memorial Quadrangle. Grandstand is built.
  • 1921. Track and Field program begins competing at Hayward Field.  A six-lane track is added.
  • 1925. East Grandstand is completed. Architect: Lawrence & Holford.
  • 1970. The track is widened from six to eight lines and a weather-proof surface is applied.
  • 1975. West Grandstand is restored.
    The restoration of the Hayward Field West Grandstand was completed in 1975. Substantial support for the project came from gifts and a special fundraising track meet in which Steve Prefontaine ran.
  • 1988. Renovations include a 400-meter track and updated facilities.
  • 1991. A new scoreboard is added.
  • 1992. The Bowerman Family Building is completed.
  • 2005. Powell Plaza is created to provide a more attractive gateway to the historic Hayward Field.
  • 2018.  Redesign of Hayward Field proposed. Finest Track FAcility in the World to Open in 2020,   Around the O,


Historical Surveys


Articles (arranged by date)

  • 1919-1920s
    • "'Hayward field' is name of Oregon's new Athletic lot; Gridiron is named in honor of varsity's famous trainer." Daily Emerald, 15 Nov. 1919, 1.
    • "New bleachers to increase capacity of Hayward 6,000," Daily Emerald, 31 Oct. 1921, 1.
    • "New grandstand..." [Illustration with caption]. Old Oregon (Dec. 1925): 11.
  • 1930s
    • "Grass for Oregon grids," Daily Emerald 10/4/36, 2
    • "Gate receipts to decide fate of turf field," Daily Emerald 11/5/36
    • "Turfing of field assured.Hayward gridiron will be in grass for Stanford game," .Daily Emerald 12/11/36
    • "Turf field drive pland takes first form; dance slatedCampus, alumni, business men asked to aid
      Daily Emerald," 1/14/37, 1
    • "Hayward Field has good base for sodding; work may be done through W.P.A," Daily Emerald 1/15/37, 1
    • "Cuthbert sets cost of turfing Hayward gridiron at $1,770.Committees named," Daily Emerald 1/22/37, 1
    • "Sorority girls turf tag sale brings in $100. Fund totals $250," Daily Emerald 2/9/37, 1
    • "Work is started on Hayward field.Turf replaces sawdust," Daily Emerald 3/30/37, 1
    • "Sod being put on Hayward field by WPA," Daily Emerald 5/12/37, 4
    • "Hayward field bids to open November 11," Daily Emerald 10/28/38
  • 1970s
    • Grandstand plans revealed, Daily Emerald 1/23/74, 1;
    • Restoration is nearly complete, Daily Emerald 2/19/75, 1.
  • 2000-
    • "Hayward on Track. A Plan to Modernize Hayward Field Would Showcase Sports Achievements and Feature a Plaza and New Entrance." Oregon Daily Emerald 8 July 2004, 1.
    • "UO Plans to Put a New Face on an Old Gateway at Hayward." Register Guard 19 Oct. 2004, 1. ill.
      Describes 1.25 million project to create a public plaza at corner of E. 15th Ave. and Agate St.
    • Cuniff, Methann M. "Hayward's 'Front Door' Project Hits Finish Line; the Completion of the Entryway to the University's Track and Field Facility Was Honored Friday." Oregon Daily Emerald 16 May 2005: 1.
    • "New Twist on an Old Turn." Oregon Quarterly 84 no.4 (2005): 21.