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Crews starting to tear down west grandstand at Hayward Field

The major renovation of the field is expected to be completed in 2020.

Posted: Jun. 28, 2018 4:39 PM
Updated: Jun. 28, 2018 5:30 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Crews started tearing down Hayward Field's west grandstand Thursday as the demolition of the historic stadium continues.

Last week when crews were tearing down the east grandstand, several people gathered to watch. However, on Thursday there were only a couple of passersby that took the time to watch it go down.

They had mixed feelings about the demolition.

"It's sad to see it go. I’m not wild about the new design from what I’ve seen,” Tony Hastings said. “It's just a lot of old memories in the old stadium."

"I know there's a lot of concerns about the architecture going on, as far as keeping our fans dry and safe from the sun and not creating wind tunnels,” Tony Clement said. “But as long as that's being done, I’m looking forward to the next millennia of track and field."

The major renovation of the field is expected to be completed in 2020 and is being fully funded by Phil and Penny Knight and more than 50 other donors.

KEZI asked some crew members on scene about what's next for construction. They said they couldn't comment.

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