Workers attach 'torch' onto Hayward Field's 9-story Oregon Tower

Bystanders reported watching the piece of flared-out perforated metal skin as workers lifted it off of the ground and over the tower.

Posted: Feb 1, 2020 3:29 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Construction crews made a step forward on Hayward Field Saturday afternoon as they attached the massive top of the 9-story Oregon Tower, meant to resemble the Olympic torch. 

Bystanders reported watching the piece of flared-out perforated metal skin designed with the silhouettes of athletes and the word 'Oregon' on it as workers lifted it off of the ground and over the tower. They said wind and rain appeared to have caused difficulties earlier in the day, but work moved forward as the weather became milder.

The tower will include features like conference rooms, exhibits and an observation deck, and is meant to evoke the Olympic torch, according to the University of Oregon. The perforated metal skin will eventually cover the entire exterior. 

UO alumnus Steve Thoennes watched the construction work. He said seeing the torch come together is helping him build excitement for opening day.

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"Clearly watching the magnitude and scope of this thing, it's a world-class stadium, and I'm excited to see what that brings for track and field to our little old Eugene," he said. 

Hayward Field will host the 2020 Track and Field Olympic Team Trials in June and is expected to be completed this spring.

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