Hayward Field

Hayward Field East Grandstand, University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)
Hayward Field East Grandstand, University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)

Location: 1580 E. 15th St., Eugene, Oregon

Date: 1919; 1925; 1970; 1975; 1988

Architect: Lawrence, Holford, and Allyn


Named for Bill Hayward, UO track coach from 1903 to 1947.

  • 1919. Hayward Field is created primarily as a venue for football. Hayward Field replaced Kincaid Field, now the Memorial Quadrangle. Grandstand is built.
  • 1921. Track and Field program begins competing at Hayward Field. A six-lane track is added.
  • 1925. East Grandstand is completed. Architect: Lawrence & Holford.
  • 1970. The track is widened from six to eight lines and a weather-proof surface is applied.
  • 1975. West Grandstand is restored.
    The restoration of the Hayward Field West Grandstand was completed in 1975. Substantial support for the project came from gifts and a special fundraising track meet in which Steve Prefontaine ran.
  • 1988. Renovations include a 400-meter track and updated facilities.
  • 1991. A new scoreboard is added.
  • 1992. The Bowerman Family Building is completed.
  • 2005. Powell Plaza is created to provide a more attractive gateway to the historic Hayward Field.
  • 2018. Redesign of Hayward Field proposed.


Hayward Field East Grandstand, Historic ​Resource Survey Form, University of Oregon Cultural Resources Survey, 2006.

Consult the Guide to Architectural Materials in Special Collections for holdings on Ellis F. Lawrence.


"'Hayward field' is name of Oregon's new Athletic lot; Gridiron is named in honor of varsity's famous trainer." Daily Emerald, 15 Nov. 1919, 1.

"New bleachers to increase capacity of Hayward 6,000," Daily Emerald, 31 Oct. 1921, 1.

"New grandstand..." [Illustration with caption]. Old Oregon (Dec. 1925): 11.


"Grass for Oregon grids," Daily Emerald 10/4/36, 2

"Gate receipts to decide fate of turf field," Daily Emerald 11/5/36

"Turfing of field assured. Hayward gridiron will be in grass for Stanford game," Daily Emerald 12/11/36

"Turf field drive plan takes first form; dance slated. Campus, alumni, business men asked to aid," Daily Emerald, 1/14/37, 1

"Hayward Field has good base for sodding; work may be done through W.P.A," Daily Emerald 1/15/37, 1

"Cuthbert sets cost of turfing Hayward gridiron at $1,770.Committees named," Daily Emerald 1/22/37, 1

"Sorority girls turf tag sale brings in $100. Fund totals $250," Daily Emerald 2/9/37, 1

"Work is started on Hayward field. Turf replaces sawdust," Daily Emerald 3/30/37, 1

"Sod being put on Hayward field by WPA," Daily Emerald 5/12/37, 4

"Hayward field bids to open November 11," Daily Emerald 10/28/38


"Grandstand plans revealed," Daily Emerald 1/23/74, 1

"Restoration is nearly complete," Daily Emerald 2/19/75, 1.


"Hayward on Track. A Plan to Modernize Hayward Field Would Showcase Sports Achievements and Feature a Plaza and New Entrance." Oregon Daily Emerald 8 July 2004, 1.

"UO Plans to Put a New Face on an Old Gateway at Hayward." Register Guard 19 Oct. 2004, 1. ill. Describes 1.25 million project to create a public plaza at corner of E. 15th Ave. and Agate St.

Cuniff, Methann M. "Hayward's 'Front Door' Project Hits Finish Line; the Completion of the Entryway to the University's Track and Field Facility Was Honored Friday." Oregon Daily Emerald 16 May 2005: 1.

"New Twist on an Old Turn." Oregon Quarterly 84 no.4 (2005): 21.

"Finest Track Facility in the World to Open in 2020," Around the O, https://around.uoregon.edu/hayward