Sources: Hayward Field Renovation Delayed Again, Expected To Begin Next Summer
The planned renovation to Hayward Field in Eugene has "been delayed again" and is "expected to begin next summer -- two years after the start date on the original timeline," according to sources cited by Ken Goe of the Portland OREGONIAN. Sources said that the renovation is "expected to take more than a year and not be complete" until some point in '20. The stadium is expected to be closed during renovation, and sources said that it could force the '19 Prefontaine Classic, the '19 NCAA Outdoor Championships and the '19 OSAA Track & Field Championships to "relocate." Hayward Field received the bid for the '21 World Outdoor Championships with the "proviso the stadium be modernized and its capacity expanded to 30,000 permanent and temporary seats." Hayward Field's "current listed capacity is 10,500." Sources said that the current revision calls for "approximately 10,000 permanent seats." Goe notes it is "unclear whether Nike will have any direct involvement with the project." Nike co-Founder & Chair Emeritus Phil Knight is "expected to donate to it" (Portland OREGONIAN, 9/12).