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  1. Updates. https://www.registerguard.com/in-depth/sports/college/track-field/2021/04/01/look-inside-university-oregons-200-million-state-art-track-only-hayward-field/4833035001/ It’s pretty nice. Official listed capacity is 12,650, expandable to 25,000 for the Worlds and for the Olympic Trials (so much for the 30,000 minimum, SMH). There are views from the open concourse that will probably be standing room along with bleacher space at the north end. If anything, the pandemic helped by allowing for this year’s shakedown cruise. OTOH, they’re already refunding Olympic Trial tickets for this summer due to a realization that larger gatherings are still problematic (Oregon numbers had surged the last two weeks) and it is unrealistic to expect major improvement by mid-June.
  2. In theory, we have had a year to get used to protocols, understand how the science works through the process, and do this safely. If I were involved in this process, I’d be advising that I think Tokyo can pull this off using the right measures. In practice, we have a substantial subset of several populations who think they know better than scientists and are off in their own reality. If the people of Japan were to ask me if those people can be kept away, I could answer that such people are far less likely to make the trip, but I couldn’t be 100% confident that some athletes wouldn’t go rogue.
  3. http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2018/04/snazzy_redesign_for_hayward_fi.html (This is a link to one of Ken Goe's articles discussing capacity)
  4. Do you have evidence stating the render is for 30,000? This has been a point of contention in the media ever since the release of this rendering...
  5. So this happened... http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2018/04/university_of_oregon_rolls_out.html Thing is, this is what the organizers say is the complete 12,500-seat POST-Worlds Hayward Field. What the organizers say is that they’ll put temporary bleachers in the gap in the northern part of the stadium. So that phallic errrrrrrrrrrr tower is a 9 story “admin and communications” building and observation deck... if that gap is it, the bleachers would have to be three times the height of that tower. A later interview “clarified” that they’d also stuff seats into the rest of the structure. Having been to enough Major League Soccer facilities, I’d argue that structure looks like it holds a lot more than 12,500. Of course, never trust a rendering. I’m not the only person who gets the sense, in the end, that they’ll SAY there’s 30,000 people without coming all that close. If that rendering is close, however, I could easily see a post-Worlds structure with extra-wide seats and all the latest party-deck what-nots. People in Eugene are upset that the east grandstand is not being preserved. It’s nearly 100 years old, really rather iconic, et cetera, but it’s Phil Knight’s money and the university is steamrolling ahead. They MIGHT even have it ready for the re-bid 2020 US Olympic Trials.
  6. This is already settled. I believe the pundits who surmised that Amazon already has a “general” metro in mind, but the bidding war will sweeten whatever incentives... ...that metro Washington can offer it. That’s to say the people who hacked Amazon and noticed a lot of inquiries being made about Arlington County VA leaked the info and all.
  7. http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2017/09/hayward_field_renovation_pushe.html#incart_river_home So now I wonder who Phil Knight is trying to squeeze for cash. The stink is starting to take hold. The 2020 Olympic Trials were already relocated. So if this actually gets done... ...oy vey... ...you're probably making the 2021 season (Ducks, Pre, NCAA) the shakedown cruise.
  8. What's this about "walking back" statements? Don't trust Trump worth a damn. And the movement needs to ask and answer a lot of questions now.
  9. http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2017/02/friday_morning_news_notes_link_52.html Kind of a catch-all article from the main T&F reporter at the Oregonian... who does mention that the target for beginning construction is now a year behind schedule and fundraising isn't going as well as expected.
  10. There's a website that has popped up. Part of me wanted to put it in the forum with serious 2028 bids just for contrast, but because I can't quite bring myself to take it anywhere near seriously, this thread seems appropriate. http://oregon2028.com/
  11. I don't think you need any more translation than you already got. Mark Geiger refereed the Mexico v Panama semifinal, he called a late handball (Mexico had already had one dubious PK call to get through their quarterfinal against Costa Rica)... and later, Geiger admitted he made a mistake. All sorts of heck broke loose in Atlanta around that call, so lots of hurt feelings. Geiger also admitted to not necessarily refereeing in MLS the way he does in CONCACAF and mentioned something about "entertainment value" when approaching MLS games. He's been assigned to Seattle v Vancouver this weekend, and there's certainly some social media buzz about him being assigned to that. Of course, he refereed at World Cup last year, so he's close to untouchable with regards to USSF and MLS. Or, as we say around here, Panama got CONCACAF'd. Wasn't the first time. Won't be the last.
  12. http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2015/05/sunday_morning_news_notes_link_20.html#incart_related_stories Eugene 2021 organizers want to host the 2020 Olympic Trials AFTER renovations are complete. Certainly a good test event.
  13. http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2015/05/wednesday_morning_news_notes_l_20.html Renovation will, at this point, result in 14,000 permanent seats and 16,000 temporary for the Worlds. Meanwhile, already 2 years into a 7-year commitment hosting the NCAA championships, Vin Lananna will seek a permanent commitment.
  14. Direct flight from New York to Eugene for this? Oh dear. It's simple. Fly to Portland. Take MAX downtown to Union Station. Take Amtrak to Eugene. Don't start spending the airlines' money for them. Fair bet Amtrak can add trains for this event more easily than airlines can add inventory. This is Nike's baby. Phil Knight will probably take care of stadium improvements and TEMPORARY expansion himself. Where there's generally a lot of bleachers, I'm guessing mostly a temporary concrete structure. I would expect an improvement and expansion of the main stands. The historic east side stand probably won't (and can't) be touched outside of some internal improvements. Of course, there might be a fair question about where capacity will actually be set... when it's possible that the big draw here could be enhanced NBC payout for the event and network prime time coverage. The real value may not be the spectator counts. The organizers are talking about a "village" for athletes. Maybe the bigwigs as well? I'm sure that was a sticking point for 2019 bidding. I could pose an unannounced idea: Boise has a complex with a 4-star hotel and an attached hockey arena. There are rumors of Oregon starting a varsity hockey program, the current hockey facility is inadequate, so a development like that somewhere between campus and downtown Eugene wouldn't surprise me. Finding ways to add hotel rooms locally would be somewhat smarter than keeping constant shuttles between Eugene and Portland, which is otherwise more likely.
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