Hayward Field will not be the site of the 2019 NCAA Track and Field Championships.
University of Oregon associate athletic director Vin Lananna announced on Wednesday that the school is taking a one-year hiatus from hosting the NCAA Track and Field Championships, according to Ken Goe of the The Oregonian. The decision means Oregon must void its three-year contract with the NCAA to host the championship track meet.
Oregon withdrew from hosting the 2019 NCAA championship because of scheduled renovations to the iconic stadium.
Renovations are expected to be completed before the 2020 track and field outdoor season. Oregon will re-bid for the track and field outdoor championships for 2020.
“We will re-bid to host the 2020 NCAA Championships on what we believe will be the most innovative, first-class track facility,” Lananna said, via The Oregonian.
The NCAA will bid out the 2019 and 2020 outdoor championships.
Hayward Field is going under renovations as part of an agreement to host the 2021 World Outdoor Championships Track and Field Championships.
The historic Hayward Field opened its doors in 1919 as a football stadium. Two year later, the venue became a due-sport stadium with the addition of track and field. The facility was used for both sports until football moved to Autzen Stadium in 1967.
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