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Nike's Phil Knight's $270 million stadium!

By Rediff Sports
March 11, 2021 11:21 IST
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Photograph: Kind courtesy Oregon Track & Field/Twitter
 

Most college track and field stadiums are basic structures. Then there is the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, a 100-year-old facility that will soon reopen following a renovation that cost donors like Nike Co-founder Phil Knight $270 million.

 

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IMAGE: The official cost of the renovation: $270,047,937, according to an Oregon athletics financial report. Photograph: Kind dourtesy Oregon Track & Field/Twitter

 

Knight, an 83-year-old billionaire did not reveal how much the renovations cost, but from a The Wall Street Journal report, that figure appears to be well above the price of any other collegiate track stadium.

 

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IMAGE: The finished Hayward Field will have permanent seating for 12,650 spectators and the capacity to hold around 25,000. Photograph: Kind courtesy Oregon Track & Field/Twitter

 

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IMAGE: The overhaul features modern training facilities. Photograph: Kind courtesy Oregon Track & Field/Twitter

 

University of Oregon

IMAGE: There are other special features like a lounge, museum, classroom space, a sports clinic, and a lab for the department of human physiology. There is even a barbershop! Photograph: Kind dourtesy= Oregon Track & Field/Twitter

 

University of Oregon

IMAGE: The facility also has indoor warm-up and training areas as well as a weight room. Giant murals of athletes splash across the stadium walls. Photograph: Kind courtesy Oregon Track & Field/Twitter

 

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IMAGE: Phil Knight still reveres the late Bill Bowerman, the championship coach who led Knight in the late 1950s. Photograph: Kind courtesy Oregon Track & Field/Twitter

 

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IMAGE: A torch-shaped silver tower added to the stadium after Bowerman. The 10-story tower depicts Bowerman and four Oregon athletes. Photograph: Kind courtesy Oregon Track & Field/Twitter
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