At the heart of Eugene's successful bid for the 2008, 2012 and the upcoming 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, Track Town USA welcomed the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the 13th time since 1962 – the most of any venue in modern history. It's also the only facility to ever host three consecutive U.S. Olympic Trials (1972, '76, '80), while seven U.S. Championships have graced the storied venue, including recent events in 1999, 2001, 2009, 2011 and 2015.
The centerpiece of 'Track Town, 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-'47.
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, including a new track surface, permanent lights, a video board and newly configured infield.
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• From I-5 North
Take exit 194B to merge onto I-105 W/OR-126 W toward Eugene. Take exit 2 for Coburg Rd toward Downtown. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for University of Oregon and merge onto Coburg Rd. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for OR-99 S/University of Oregon/8th Ave. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for OR-126 BUS and merge onto OR-126 BUS E/OR-99 S/Coburg Rd. Continue to follow OR-126 BUS E/OR-99 S. Turn right onto Agate St. Destination will be on the right.
• From I-5 South
Take exit 191 for Glenwood Blvd toward Springfield. Turn right onto Glenwood Blvd. Turn left onto OR-126 BUS W/Franklin Blvd. Slight left onto E 13th Ave. Take the 2nd left onto Agate St Destination will be on the right.