Eugene gets to keep its Track Town USA title all the way to 2021. Earlier this week the University of Oregon and the NCAA reached a long term agreement to keep the Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.
When any Championship event concludes, the NCAA conducts a survey of the student athletes who participated. The resounding feedback is the ability to compete in a crowded stadium with a knowledgeable fan base. UO Associate Athletic Director Vin Lannana says Hayward Field delivers that atmosphere to spectators and competitors.
Lannana- “Some poetically describe it as ‘The Ghosts of Hayward Field,’ the great performances that have happened here; the running of Pre and the great events [such as] the Olympic Trials that have been here. It’s going to be a pretty exciting opportunity for all the student athletes from all the universities to experience it.”
Lannana says the NCAA Championships will continue to be an economic boost for the Eugene-Springfield area. The University of Sacramento was the other finalist under consideration.