Oregon shows off interior of completed Hayward Field

Earlier this summer, Oregon officially took possession of the completed Hayward Field and the views of the new track and field exterior were stunning. With the Track and Field athlete now back on campus, we’re finally getting a look at the interior. 

When the exterior was completed in June, Track and field coach Robert Johnson said that he wanted his athletes to get the first look at the state of the art facility with a construction budget upwards of $200 million. 

On Friday, the Oregon athletes were given a tour and the athletic department released multiple videos for fans detailing the interior of the facility. 

The stadium which was built to host the World Championships in Athletics in 2021, which has now been moved to 2022, will also be the home for the Oregon track program, featuring state of the art training equipment. Hayward Field will feature a 140-meter indoor track along with throwing and jumping pits on the ground floor, weight, locker and equipment rooms, a theater and medical facility, hydrotherapy pools, and seven a barbershop. All of these additions will be tailor-made so that the athlete will have the very best. 

“We’re going to basically have everything in one house,” Oregon track and field coach Robert Johnson said during the construction of the stadium. “[Before] The kids didn’t have a locker room. They didn’t have a place to shower. They didn’t have a place to go and prepare for a meet. I think with this renovation it brings the facility up to speed.”

Nike executive and lead project designer Todd Van Horne believes the project’s result will represent what Carnegie Hall does in the music world. 

“Hayward Field will be a world-class theater for track and field,” Van Horne said in a media tour that took place in September. “But, this is truly built for the athlete.”

The opening of the stadium was supposed to occur this spring but the COVID-19 Pandemic saw the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Track and Field Season plus the 2020 Tokyo Olympics pushed back to 2021. With all major international events pushed back by a year, the US Olympic Trials will take place in the summer of 2021 at Hayward Field and the Track and Field World Championships will now take place in the summer of 2022. It’s not clear what will be the first event to take place in the new stadium. 

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Slain Cleveland police officer’s funeral changed to Rocket Mortgage Field House

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The funeral for slain Cleveland police Det. James Skernivitz will now take place at Rocket Mortgage Field House instead of The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.

The start time for the service changed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the arena that is the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Skernivitz, a 22-year police veteran, is survived by a wife and three children. Calling hours are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the A. Ripepi and Sons Funeral Home in Middleburg Heights.

Skervinitz was working undercover on Thursday with informant Scott Dingess. Both sat in Skernivitz’s unmarked police car behind a mostly abandoned strip mall on West 67th Place, near the intersection of West 65th Street and Storer Avenue.

Three people walked up to the car and opened fire, according to police and court records. Both Skernivitz and Dingess died.

Cleveland police wrote in court records that they believe the shooting was part of an attempted robbery.

Skernivitz worked as an undercover detective in the department’s gang unit. Undercover officers wear plain clothes, drive unmarked cars and do not wear body cameras.

Three people — ages 18, 17 and 15 — are charged in connection with the shooting.

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