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The open and airy structure is funded by gifts from Penny and Phil Knight and more than 50 other donors. The world-class facility gives athletes an unparalleled stage for competition and training and provides fans with a theater for track and field.
The newly reconstructed stadium, designed by SRG Partnership and constructed by Hoffman Construction, offers unobstructed views from all 12,650 seats. Elements of Historic Hayward Field, where Phil Knight competed in track and field events while attending the university, were incorporated into the new facility, preserving the rich heritage of the original stadium.
One of the main design objectives was to showcase Oregon history, culture and forest products. To that end, more than 462 Douglas Fir glulam structural wood pieces were used to create 77 unique curves, each containing six pieces of curved wood. There were over one million linear feet of Douglas Fir lumber used in all the glulam pieces – equating to 830.5 laps around a 400-meter track. In fact, if the boards were laid end-to-end, they would stretch from Hayward Field to Oregon’s largest city of Portland and back again.
Mass Timber, Glue-Laminated Timber (GLT), Hybrid (wood with steel or concrete)
Magnusson Klemencic Associates