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  • #61
    Originally posted by gm View Post
    It's real, and it's spectacular.
    Nice Seinfeld reference!

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    • #62
      Originally posted by Fortius19 View Post
      Nice Seinfeld reference!
      ;-}

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Fortius19 View Post
        Nice Seinfeld reference!
        Ah! Good one. I missed it.

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        • #64
          What would Bill Bowerman want?

          "Bill Bowerman, my dad, contributed a lot to putting Hayward Field and Oregon on the track world’s map and in the heart of this community. In his retirement I asked him what he thought about the trajectory of college athletics. He said that if he had the choice between the trend toward sports professionalism or a low-key club-sport approach, he much preferred intramural athletics where sports fills a secondary role in a university education. My brother Jay affirms this recollection.

          As the University of Oregon’s track coach, my dad was well known for developing local talent rather than chasing after world renowned stars. I believe he’d much prefer investing millions of dollars in scholarships for low-income Oregon kids to expanding Hayward Field to accommodate the extremely rare occasion when the stadium might seat 30,000.

          The discussion of Hayward Field’s East Grandstand is notable in that the most important topic isn’t being discussed at all: What must we do to achieve our most essential goals for our city’s and our state’s future. What are these goals?


          There is some logic that when a wealthy donor offers to replace an old wooden facility, the UO would be remiss to pass by the opportunity. But as a building rehabilitation specialist myself, and as the owner of two wooden buildings in downtown Eugene that are on the National Register of Historic Places, I have serious doubt that the east stand is rotting and due for full replacement. I could be convinced if I were provided with conclusive counter-evidence. The stands were physically moved and overhauled in the 1980s to accommodate metric track specifications, with the expectation of another century of service. "

          http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/...print.html.csp

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          • #65
            If its going to cause this much of a ruckus, why did Eugene Oregon bid for the World Championships in the first place???? Scheeeessseee!!!!

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            • #66
              Originally posted by The Klingon View Post
              If its going to cause this much of a ruckus, why did Eugene Oregon bid for the World Championships in the first place???? Scheeeessseee!!!!
              I think a ruckus requires more than a couple grumpy old farts kvetching.

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              • #67
                When one of those "old farts" is Bill Bowerman's son, perhaps the opposition shouldn't be dismissed so lightly.

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                • #68
                  why would his voice carry any extra weight? If anything, he's a horridly biased observer.

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                  • #69
                    You have a point. He may be biased in favor of the status quo, which pays homage to his father. Nonetheless, as a representative of his family, he's should be given some respect. Calling him a grumpy old fart doesn't do that.

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                    • #70
                      The new design, with the massive Bowerman Tower pays even greater homage. The current structure is Hayward Field after all, not Bowerman.

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                      • #71
                        Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                        You have a point. He may be biased in favor of the status quo, which pays homage to his father. Nonetheless, as a representative of his family, he's should be given some respect. Calling him a grumpy old fart doesn't do that.
                        That was more a hyper-local reference to naysayers on this board.

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                        • #72
                          Here is what I wrote in my "Al's Athletics Tidbits" on April 18:

                          "Here's a link to a video/article about Hayward Field, including several pictures of what it is supposed to look like. It looks nothing like the current Hayward Field -- GOOD!!!! It's supposed to have wide, comfortable seating, both sides, and a new 9-lane track. As far as the whole "traditional atmosphere", etc. etc., I say "Good riddance!" Good riddance to the hideously uncomfortable seating, the horribly obstructed views, and the chronic backstretch negative winds, slowing all the round races and blowing the sprints. (The design looks like it will tend to block the prevailing winds, at least somewhat.) "

                          At first, it looked like the IAAF was going to let the organizers get away with leaving the horrible east stands mostly alone, screwing over the fans who (like me) like to sit on the backstretch. I was so glad to see the new design that I half decided to join the T&F News tour and attend the meet. However, after suffering through the presentation of the Commonwealth Games, not to mention last year's London WC, I don't think I want to attend another Worlds. As gh posted last year, the NBC Gold separate streams for races and field events are "better than being there".
                          Cheers,
                          Alan Shank
                          Woodland, CA, USA

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                          • #73
                            This guy use to work at TandFNews.....

                            To supporters of the ultra-modern new track stadium, congratulations. Your vision won out over the old school’s nostalgia. While you celebrate, I make three pleas:

                            Please keep your celebrations subdued. Hundreds, if not thousands, of us have long histories with Hayward Field. Respect that we’re now on a death watch, with a long spell of mourning to follow.

                            Please retain links to community runners that Bill Bowerman fostered. Host some all-comers meets, and open the doors sometimes for track use by locals. Familiarity breeds fans.

                            Please name the stadium something other than Hayward Field. Retire the old name along with the old stadium. The new will have no link to Hayward beyond the bare ground it occupies, and it won’t become historic for decades.

                            Joe Henderson

                            Eugene

                            http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/...gnity.html.csp

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                            • #74
                              Please name the stadium something other than Hayward Field. Retire the old name along with the old stadium. The new will have no link to Hayward beyond the bare ground it occupies, and it won’t become historic for decades.
                              ^ Makes sense. There's a reason the Stockholm (1912) Olympic Stadium is still regarded as an icon in the world of athletics, despite having undergone many track and seating renovations within the place since it opened.
                              Last edited by CookyMonzta; 04-21-2018, 04:09 AM.

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                              • #75
                                I kinda like the idea of a new name. Hayward Field will not be there anymore, just go ahead and name it after someone else.

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