Historic Hayward Field
The Oregon Track & Field camp will utilize Historic Hayward Field, the finest Track and Field venue in the world and home to the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Team Trials. At the heart of Eugene’s successful bid for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials, Hayward Field looms as one of the world's most famous track and field venues.
In 2015, TrackTown USA will welcome the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the 13th time since 1962 – the most of any venue in modern history, as well as the 2015 U.S. Championships for the seventh time. The NCAA Championships will be held at Hayward Field every summer through 2021. It is also the only facility to ever host three consecutive U.S. Olympic Trials (1972, 1976, 1980), while six U.S. Championships have graced the storied venue, including recent events in 1999, 2001 and 2011.
Achieving yet another magical milestone, TrackTown USA and Historic Hayward Field were awarded the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. This triumph marks the first time an IAAF event will be contested in the United States. Thousands of junior athletes representing over 150 countries all over the world made their way to Eugene last summer.
The centerpiece of 'Track City USA', Hayward Field attracts athletes, coaches and fans from thousands of miles away because of its renowned crowds well-versed in the sport and ready to roar in approval. Hayward Field's historic, covered grandstands are equally beloved, and comparable to many famous European venues. The 'Carnegie Hall' for American track and field plays host annually to the nation's finest single-day track and field contest, the Prefontaine Classic, which features the top mix of national and international talent on American soil each year.
The University of Oregon’s fabled track and field-only facility is named for the first of several legendary coaches, Bill Hayward, who guided the University of Oregon’s men’s team from 1904-1947.
Hayward Field was initially constructed for football in 1919. Two years later, a six-lane cinder track was installed and a full schedule of track events were transferred from Kincaid Field on the opposite edge of campus. The facility was utilized for both sports until the opening of Autzen Stadium in 1967.
The stadium (current capacity: 10,500) has undergone significant improvements in modern history, and in 2008 showcased a new track surface, permanent lights, a video board and newly configured infield. The track was resurfaced again in 2012 prior to the Olympic Trials.
Campers will also use Oregon's Autzen Stadium, which consistently ranks among the nation's top 10 venues. Now in it's 46th season, the facility, which originally was completed for a remarkable bargain of approximately $2.5 million in 1967, underwent a $90 million facelift prior to the 2002 season that not only added 12,000 seats and 32 luxury boxes to the stadium's south-side skyline, it improved the amenities that allows spectators to enjoy a better game-day experience in one of the loudest collegiate stadiums in the country.
Autzen's natural grass playing surface underwent its first facelift in 1969 with the installation of its first artificial turf. The surface was replaced in 1976 and a new covering of OmniTurf was installed before the 1984 campaign. The field was replaced with a OmniTurf surface prior to the 1991 season. In 2001, Ducks played on NexTurf before upgrading its surface to FieldTurf in 2002, which has polyethylene and polypropylene fibers designed to resist extreme temperature and weather conditions.
The Oregon Track & Field camp will also utilize the Moshofsky Center. The first indoor practice facility on the West Coast became a reality, thanks in large part to Ed and Elaine Moshofsky, with the groundbreaking taking place in March 1997.
Spanning a height of 70 feet at its tallest point, the sparkling indoor facility includes a full-length artificial football surface, a synthetic four-lane 120-meter running track and the Duck Shop souvenir retail outlet. Not only is it the ideal solution for the University’s football team to work out during inclement weather, but plays host to eight of the 16 intercollegiate sports. An automated system of nets can be lowered within minutes to convert the structure into a batting cage for the women’s softball team or provide a driving range for the men’s and women’s golf teams.