Navigating Space: Hayward Field

I’m writing on the design of Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, which was recently renovated from 2018 to 2020. Hayward Field is a big stadium dedicated to an early coach of the University of Oregon’s track and field team, which has had a lot of runners successfully earn spots on professional teams and continues to produce superior athletes to this day. When first walking into the stadium, you immediately get the feeling that you’re there for a big track and field meet. You know there are going to be some of the best competitors in the nation on the track, just based on the grand size of the arena. The 12,900-30,000 seats that the stadium holds provide an insight that the place you are in is constructed for the assumption that there will always be an extraordinary showing. Though the roof is retractable for unexpected changes in weather, there is an arch that on sunny days, provides a large amount of shade for fans that maybe be watching for hours on end. The green and yellow that is prevalent throughout the whole stadium (i.e the seats and walls), represents the University of Oregon’s school colors. It is a nice touch that adds to the personality of the stadium and shows who claims it, but the addition of the red track throws it off a bit. In my opinion, the red track messes with the whole color scheme. With a 200 million dollar budget, they could have at least made the track green or red to fit with the other colors. The stadium also has a 10 story tower attached to it. According to the University website, the tower pays tribute to the University of Oregon legacy with graphics depicting five Oregon track and field icons. Along with legendary coach Bill Bowerman, the tower depicts Steve Prefontaine, Raevyn Rogers, Ashton Eaton and Otis Davis. It is a very nice stadium with representation of the school and some of the greatest in the sport. There is one thing I would change about it, but overall it proved to be a great experience, both literally and visually.