In a first step toward dismantling the 93-year-old grandstand, workers removed original seat boards and placed them in a truck. The salvaged Douglas fir bleacher seats are among numerous items that are to be reused in a modern stadium that is to be built on the same site as Hayward Field in time for the 2021 World Track and Field Championships.
A fence is to be installed around the site next week, the university said. The university has not announced specifically when the east and west grandstands and the Bowerman Family Building will be razed, but the work is expected to begin next month. The city issued the project’s demolition permit June 1.
The start of the venue’s dismantlement angered members of a group who are seeking to stop the East Grandstand’s destruction.
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