Workers seen removing seats from East Grandstands at Hayward Field

Workers could be seen pulling up boards from the bleachers in the East Grandstands at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus Monday morning. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Workers could be seen pulling up boards from the bleachers in the East Grandstands at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus Monday morning.

The work comes ahead of major demolition and construction projects on the site.

The sight of boards coming up from the East Grandstand did not sit well with a group opposed to the demolition.

"It is our opinion today's work violates and invalidates the demolition permit issued by the City of Eugene for Hayward Field," the group known as East Grandstand Supporters said in a statement. "The City permit office has been informed of our grave concern about the willful destruction of publicly owned historic property."

In our opinion as of this morning, June 11th, The University of Oregon is in noncompliance with state statute ORS 358.653. We checked this with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) this morning. The latest offer just last week of mitigation standards by the University to the SHPO was deemed inadequate by the state agency. City Code chapter 8.005 (13) (c) clearly states that a permit is invalidated if, when it is executed, it is used to violate any other law. Noncompliance with ORS 358.653 constitutes a violation of state law, and so it is our opinion today’s work violates and invalidates the demolition permit issued by the City of Eugene for the Hayward Field Renovation Project. The City permit office has been informed of our grave concern about the willful destruction of publicly owned historic property. No qualified officials were in the office to receive a complaint this morning on the first day of work for this highly controversial public project. We will be speaking with lawyers at our earliest opportunity to decide upon further action.

The scope and nature of the work visible Monday morning has not yet been confirmed.

According to a June 8 post on the University of Oregon website, "preparations for the reconstruction of Hayward Field will be ramping up in the coming days, with crews fencing off the site starting the week of June 19."

Information about road closures and delays during the project will be available online.

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