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RE: Historic Hayward Field may soon be a thing of the past - Demolition of East Grandstands may have already begun
I love seeing meets at Hayward.
At the same time I'm not necessarily opposed to knocking down the East Grandstand, but I'd like to know why it needs to be knocked down and what we're going to get in place.
My #1 priority is 1) The new stadium ensure Eugene remains Tracktown. That likely means having a stadium that has the ability to expand and doesn't look empty when 4000 or less show up. If track was as popular as we pretend it is in Eugene, we wouldn't have this problem. We could just build one stadium and use it for all meets.
2) Before a new stadium is built, we should see plans for what it looks like. a) What will the permanent structure look like? and b) what will the Worlds/Olympic Trials structure look like
I feel we don't have that. Considering this is a public university that's a shame.
3) I've got no problem with Phil Knight saying, "I'll only give the $$$ to the stadium if it looks like XYZ." But we don't even have that. We have that happening but through back channels without Mr. Knight stepping forward and accepting the responsibility. It would be much better if they just showed us detailed drawings of what the stadium will look like. Mr. Knight will donate a stadium if it looks like this. Take the necessary input that is required from public projects in Oregon and that's that.
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