UO’s new $200 million Hayward Field sits empty amid the coronavirus pandemic: Beat Check podcast

In an alternate universe, the University of Oregon and Nike would be celebrating the end of an action-packed week of the track and field Olympic Trials inside the new Hayward Field in Eugene.

But we don’t live in that world. The brand-new track and field stadium sits empty.

On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, veteran sports reporter Ken Goe talks about the lost spring and summer and what might come next.

Goe, who has covered track and field for decades for The Oregonian and OregonLive, talked about the state of track and field in Oregon and when exactly the estimated $200 million sports facility will see action with the Olympic Trials pushed to 2021 and the outdoor World Championships delayed until 2022.

Goe has worked at the paper for 43 years as a sports reporter. We talked about his first and favorite memories at the old Hayward Field, the controversy surrounding its destruction and replacement, the tough financial realities facing track nationally and the uncertainty surrounding all these marquee events.

Here’s the full episode.

— Andrew Theen; atheen@oregonian.com; 503-294-4026; @andrewtheen

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