New exhibition hall highlights University of Oregon’s athletic history

Many items salvaged from Hayward Field were incorporated into the new Hayward Hall facility, showcasing the rich heritage of the original stadium through graphics, signage, and exhibits. Photo courtesy Gallagher

University of Oregon (UO) revealed its newest addition to its Hayward Field: the 371.6-m2 (4000-sf) Hayward Hall exhibition space that will feature the university’s athletic history and accomplishments.

Located at the base of the tower, Hayward Hall is an interactive space that extends along the east side of the stadium underneath the lower bowl of seating. Inside Hayward Hall, a wall of sliding doors offers a view of the track from the competition level. Those sliding doors lead out to a viewing area from the trackside near the start of the 200-m (3.28 ft) track.

Among the featured exhibits at Hayward Hall are:

• Welcome to Hayward Field exhibit, which shares facts about Hayward Field and highlights upcoming events;

• The Bill Bowerman workshop, detailing his work as an innovator in the sport of track and field;

• Display cases featuring 32 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships, 25 NCAA runner-up and 51 conference trophies, and the program’s history with the Bowerman award;

• Video and interactive spaces, celebrating UO cross-country and track and field, as well as the innovation born of the program and Hayward Field;

• Oregon coaches exhibit with a timeline with biographical information dedicated to each of the head coaches in program history;

• Theater showing feature films and documentaries of Oregon track and field;

• Oregon track and field and cross-country athletes exhibit; and

• History of Oregon track and field exhibit showcasing the partnership with Nike.

Many items salvaged from Hayward Field were incorporated into the new facility, showcasing the rich heritage of the original stadium through graphics, signage, and exhibits. The seats in the theater are from the ‘presidential box’ at Hayward Field where Coach Bowerman would give his men of Oregon pep talks to his teams.

The University of Oregon made a collection of remaining salvaged materials available to benefit the community. An advisory committee comprised of campus and community stakeholders reviewed a variety of proposals and approved 18 projects.

With the digital nature of many of the displays, Hayward Hall will continue to add new names, new records, and new layers to the program’s history. Hayward Hall will be open to the public this fall.

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