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Fans around Hayward Field battle the heat on last day of Olympic Trials

Fans said this heat is "insane," but it's not stopping them from enjoying the event that only happens every four years.

Posted: Jun 27, 2021 7:10 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2021 7:13 PM

Eugene, ORE.-- These record-breaking temperatures didn't stop fans from packing Hayward Field on Sunday

KEZI 9 News spoke with some nearby spectators who said triple-digit weather is nothing new to them.

"We are actually from Colorado Springs, and as we've been posting, they've been saying 'the Pacific Northwest is not supposed to be this hot,' and so it is cooler there than it is in the summer, so what an anomaly," Anji Ro Wood said.

But here in Oregon, triple-digit heat over 110 degrees is unprecedented.

Fans said this heat is "insane," but it's not stopping them from enjoying the event.

"We wouldn't miss it for the world," Roe Wood said. "If the athletes can do it, we can certainly do it."

Andriana Kruger, another fan at the Olympic Trials, also weighed in.

"The excitement of the event overshadows the heat," said Kruger.

Michael Ratliff, a traffic director for the Olympic Trials, said if you do choose to be out in the heat-be prepared—bring a water bottle and eat right.

"Don't eat a bunch before you get here," Ratliff said. I have strawberries and water. Light stuff like bananas and things like that."

Local businesses said they experienced an increase in profit as fans look for a bite to eat or a place to cool off after watching the trials.

Elijah Fields, an employee at Prince Puckler's, said that the heat isn't stopping fans from coming to his store—especially since it's an ice cream shop.

"The Olympic Trials, obviously when that's over, everyone's going to want some ice cream," Fields said. Usually, it's always busy in this area. The Eugene natives and everyone new knows about Prince Puckler's and this area."

Other restaurants on the block said they would be turning on the air conditioner all day for their guests.

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