The new design of the stadium is out and it is going to have 12,500 permanent seats or so. They official announcement say 12,900 but the President of the UofO Foundation said 12,500 ish.
My question is do you all think it's possible with the design of the stadium to actually get to 30,000 seats for the Worlds.? That's 2.4 times more seats than 12,500. Somehow double the # of seats in the design and then add nearly half the current design.
I don't see how it's possible as with the current design, as they show a roof around 3/4 of the design. Do you think the current proposed design is more how it will look for Worlds?
Where is there space for 2.4x more seats than what is shown in the design?
UofO has what many believe is a history of overstating its attendance or seating capacity. Ken Goe of the Oregonian went and counted seats at the current stadium. He came up with 8,500. Yet official seating capacity is 10,500. When Worlds was announced it was said that the stadium will get to the IAAF minimum of 30,000 seats by adding temporary seating.
Now the Trials gets up to 22,000 officially. And that is impressive as Hayward itself is pretty puny with the stands on the homestretch not covering the entire 100 meters. So if we start with a bigger stadium I could see adding seats and getting closer to 30,000 but with the design released yesterday I don't see how it's done.
The number of total seats is important as there are a ton of non paying people at Worlds taking up seats. So there may not be that many seats for fans anyway. Anyone know the number of seats at a Worlds that are non paying?
Here's a pic of stadium for Olympic Trials
Ken Goe article on seating capacity at Hayward not being accurate: http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2018/03/ducks_need_to_come_clean_about.html