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Crews start dismantling Hayward Field

Construction crews could be seen in the east grandstands dismantling the wooden bleachers.

Posted: Jun 11, 2018 12:56 PM
Updated: Jun 11, 2018 5:56 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Renovation plans for Hayward Field are moving forward.

KEZI 9 News confirmed construction crews were on-site at the University of Oregon's historic field Monday morning. Crews could be seen in the east grandstands. As of now, workers are not using wrecking balls or bulldozers but are carefully removing wood from the stands.

According to the university's website, crews are salvaging parts, doing an inventory and preparing the site for demolition. The university will be repurposing the salvage materials, including the east grandstand bleachers, in the new venue. The university says on their website that they will be working with the community to get recommendations and advice on what to do with salvage materials that aren't used at the new Hayward Field.

"Things change, and to be able to have some of the events you'd love to be able to have, you need some expansion," said James Kluckhohn, a tourist who was visiting Hayward Field. "I'm sure it's hard in some ways, as far as the changes. You want to keep a historical perspective and those type of things, but hopefully they can maintain a piece of that."

The university says, starting the week of June 19, crews will be fencing off the property.

East 15th Avenue will close to vehicle traffic between Agate Street and a point just east of Onyx Street, lining up with the eastern edge of the Student Recreation Center. Vehicle access will remain to Onyx Street, in front of Straub Hall, and connect to parking south of the Erb Memorial Union, via University Street.

Sidewalks on the south side of East 15th Avenue just east of Onyx Street to Agate Street will close. Sidewalks on the north side of East 15th Avenue will remain open, with intermittent closures for utility work.

Sidewalks and metered parking on the west side of Agate Street between East 15th Avenue and East 18th Avenue will close. Pedestrian traffic will be rerouted to the east side of Agate Street.

The Agate parking lot, lot 38 on campus maps, on the southeast corner of East 17th Avenue and Agate Street, will close.

Construction on the new stadium is slated to begin this summer and be completed by 2020. Plans call for expandable seating that can hold nearly 30,000 spectators. It is fully funded by gifts from Penny and Phil Knight and more than 50 other donors.

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