Protesters to gather at Hayward Field East Grandstand Tuesday
EUGENE, Ore. -- Community members will hold a vigil at 2 p.m. Tuesday to protest the imminent destruction of Hayward Field’s historic East Grandstand, according to a group calling itself Save Hayward Magic.
According to a statement, the group says they "object to the removal of all structures and trees on the Hayward site, and rejects the uncovered stadium proposed as a replacement.
Those picketing Tuesday say they want the East Grandstand saved "because it provides important features not present in the completely replaced stadium first revealed by Phit LLC in April this year." They say they support the previous model for the site prepared by Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, which "included the East Grandstand in a plan to provide a flexible number of seats for different Hayward events."
The Save Hayward Magic group cites cover from rain, shading from sun, and fan interaction with the athletes as reasons to keep the historic structure.
If the wooden structure is torn down over exaggerated fears of dryrot, they say they will "continue to advocate for a stadium that includes the fan-friendly features," and say "a replica of the 1925 design could be built at an affordable cost using materials already salvaged from the original."
The Save Hayward Magic group was formed by community members who attended meetings called by East Grandstand Supporters. The East Grandstand group has focused its efforts on presenting a legal challenge to the demolition. Save Hayward Magic wants the University of Oregon to pull back its authorization for Phit LLC to construct an enclosed stadium on the site of an existing University facility.
Picketers will be at the Powell Plaza, 15th and Agate. Later in the afternoon there will be a meeting at that site with Eugene officials to discuss appealing a permit decision that allows the Phit to cut the City-owned trees surrounding Hayward Field.