Donors divided over Hayward Field seat distribution

After the University of Oregon sent out a letter explaining how the seats will be distributed in the newly renovated Hayward Field, many say it's not fair.

Posted: Apr 10, 2019 7:04 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2019 10:37 AM

EUGENE, Ore. --- First come first serve is not the way track and field fans are going to be getting their season tickets in the newly renovated Hayward Field.

The University of Oregon recently sent out a letter to Track & Field season ticket holders about how seats will be distributed once renovations are complete. 

The way seats will be distributed takes into account a few different factors and has many similarities to the way things work at Matthew Knight Arena and Jane Sanders Stadium. Among those factors are capital gifts made to the facility, priority points and longevity of season tickets in that venue. 

University of Oregon officials say priority points take into account past, current and pledged donations along with longevity of season ticket purchases. 

Some donors KEZI 9 News spoke with said they agree with the priority system because they pay to have those perks.

Others said they aren't concerned about the distribution of seats and they're more upset about the historic Hayward Field being torn down. Some said they don't know if they are going to continue giving money to the program because they feel there's no more history there, which some said is the main reason they pay every year. 

If you want to donate or put in a request to change your ranking in the process, you have until April 19 to do so. 

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