An artist's rendering shows the new Hayward Field design, including a nine-story Bowerman Tower near the northeast entrance. Construction begins in June 2018.

An artist’s rendering shows the new Hayward Field design, including a nine-story Bowerman Tower near the northeast entrance. Construction begins in June 2018.

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon unveiled its vision of a new Hayward Field on Tuesday afternoon, a 12,900-seat venue the school is boasting will be “the finest track and field facility in the world.”

The project, which will involve a complete teardown of the current structures — including the 99-year-old East Grandstand — will begin construction in June and will be finished in time for the Ducks to host spring meets in 2020, according to the school.

It will include what Oregon describes as state-of-the-art locker rooms, practice spaces and athletic medicine rooms, as well as a tower building that will be the tallest structure on the university campus. In addition, students and researchers in the UO’s human physiology department will be given new laboratory and classroom spaces.

The school said the facility is being funded by gifts from Nike co-founder Phil Knight, his wife, Penny, and more than 50 other donors. Neither Knight was on hand Tuesday during the unveiling ceremony for about 45 invited guests — including UO President Michael Schill and other school officials, coaches, athletes and donors — at Hayward Field.

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