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  • Originally posted by bad hammy View Post
    McMenamins, by far the best place around to eat that is actually on the river. Eugene has not done a great job of putting fine food places on the river, in fact hardly any dining spots at all.
    Indeed. I think we ate outside facing the river. It was very nice (and that Minor League baseball game was fun!)

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    • Originally posted by bad hammy View Post

      McMenamins, by far the best place around to eat that is actually on the river. Eugene has not done a great job of putting fine food places on the river, in fact hardly any dining spots at all.
      Yes it is amazing easy to forget there is a major river through town...

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      • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post

        Cold and rainy....
        Ah yes, I remember it well.

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        • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post

          Cold and rainy....
          Can you imagine how fast Aleia Hobbs would have run that day with good weather and a slight tailwind? They switched sides for the 100 and 100 hurdle finals and ended up running into the wind anyway.
          Last edited by jazzcyclist; 03-09-2021, 10:24 PM.

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          • I was so miserable I left early and watched the meet at the Wild Duck...

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            • Behind the paywall, the lead sports article in today’s Wall Street Journal is a nice feature on the new Hayward Field.

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              • There was one yesterday that put a negative slant on the deal....couldn't read it all but it was a bit silly....Knight put up all the money...



                University of Oregon’s Lavish Nike-Fueled Track Stadium Cost $270 Million*

                *According to an appraisal. Lead donor Phil Knight’s preference for privacy means the public doesn’t know the actual cost of Hayward Field’s controversial overhaul.

                Most college track and field stadiums are basic structures. The University of Arkansas’s John McDonnell Field, one of the top outdoor track and field facilities in the nation, cost about $34 million including its 1998 construction and subsequent renovations. Even adjusting for inflation, McDonnell cost a fraction of what big schools routinely spend to renovate their football stadiums.

                Then there is the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, a 100-year-old facility that will soon reopen after receiving a stunning, amenity-rich renovation. The overhaul, really a reconstruction, features a stone base that refers to the state’s Cascade mountain range and a curling, transparent overhang supported by timber beams meant to echo fir forests. It glistens with modern training facilities, a health clinic and even a barbershop.
                The official cost of the renovation: $270,047,937, according to an Oregon athletics financial report.

                Yet the university doesn’t actually know precisely how much the project cost. Because of the privacy preferences of its lead donor and mastermind— Nike co-founder and Oregon alumnus Phil Knight, the university’s frequent benefactor—that figure is an estimate prepared for the university by an appraiser.



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                • Here is the Arkansas track the article compared it to....

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                  • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post

                    University of Oregon’s Lavish Nike-Fueled Track Stadium Cost $270 Million*

                    *According to an appraisal. Lead donor Phil Knight’s preference for privacy means the public doesn’t know the actual cost of Hayward Field’s controversial overhaul.
                    r—that figure is an estimate prepared for the university by an appraiser.
                    The appraised value could be higher than the actual cost.

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                    • Does appraised value mean anything here?

                      Anyways they are still working on it....$275 million sounds right in building costs..

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                      • I just found out there is a meet at Hayward in 3 weeks...Boise State is coming among others..

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                        • Interesting not-so-subtle bias in the Register-Guard today. The main story on the front page is about tuition increases at UO. To illustrate the article they have three photos, one of the $1 bil STEM center (paid for by Phil & friends), Autzen Stadium (the football stadium which had it's last major upgrade in 2002) and in the print edition, a photo of the new Hayward field (also paid for by Phil & friends). Nowhere in the article are any of these three facilities mentioned, but as illustrations they would seem to imply that tuition increases are needed to pay for them.

                          https://www.registerguard.com/story/...ll/4638866001/

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                          • Originally posted by bad hammy View Post
                            as illustrations they would seem to imply that tuition increases are needed to pay for them.
                            In 2004, UNF (Univ of N Fla) was struggling with high-growth and limited (relatively speaking) budget. They were trying to become another UCF 'success story'.
                            The Hodges family, who owns huge swaths of land right in the middle of Jacksonville, donated the money to build a state-of-the-art T&F stadium (soccer plays there too) that surpassed both UF and FSU's complexes - which is why the NCAA East Regionals are there so often (again this year - I've officiated the PV many times there).
                            The local media fanned discontent around the area by wondering why we needed that over academic spending.
                            Was UNF supposed to turn don that specific donation because the Chem Lab needed more equipment?
                            The kicker was that UNF couldn't even afford the normal upkeep of the facility and had to raise funds to endow that. New firestorm.

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                            • Originally posted by bad hammy View Post
                              Interesting not-so-subtle bias in the Register-Guard today. The main story on the front page is about tuition increases at UO. To illustrate the article they have three photos, one of the $1 bil STEM center (paid for by Phil & friends), Autzen Stadium (the football stadium which had it's last major upgrade in 2002) and in the print edition, a photo of the new Hayward field (also paid for by Phil & friends). Nowhere in the article are any of these three facilities mentioned, but as illustrations they would seem to imply that tuition increases are needed to pay for them.

                              https://www.registerguard.com/story/...ll/4638866001/
                              I noticed that too....

                              The paper has no local editors....

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                              • Anyways I found her Twitter account and she posted on the story...and I asked that very same question...we wait for her reply.

                                https://mobile.twitter.com/thejordyn...49759480676365

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