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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 1904-1947.
For five weeks each summer, the community-driven Oregon Track Club sponsors weekly All Comers meets that allow individuals the chance to race on historic Hayward in a variety of events.
Just east of Hayward Field lies the William W. Knight Law Center. Built in 1999, it is home to the University of Oregon School of Law and honors William W. Knight ’32, law alumnus, Portland journalist, and father of Phil Knight ’59, founder of Nike, Inc. The Knight Law Center serves as a central gathering place for Nike athletes during the Olympic Team Trials.
On April 28 and 29 this year, the Eugene Marathon, 5K, and kids’ Duck Dash all will start in front of the Knight Law Center and finish across the street on Hayward Field.