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This is not right. We can thank Phil Knight for putting up millions of dollars to make this happen. Peter Thompson posted this photo on Facebook about an hour ago.
He said," Is this the required careful deconstruction of an historic structure, carefully cataloguing everything as you go and ensuring that timbers and metalwork can be re-purposed elsewhere?" Or, is it, "The wilful destruction of an iconic building?"
Lots of history had been torn away. Phil Knight made millions by using Pre in NIKE advertising. In his memory he could have built "his" new Track someplace else, as Joe Henderson pointed out months ago, in Eugene and left this stadium standing or at least the track and the east grandstands.
I know that Phil Knight has donated millions to the University and probably to the city and how could anyone stand in his way.
I also know that Phil Knight and NIKE have done a lot of positive things for running but this is not one of them.
Peter continued, "Bill Bowerman's favorite seat in the upper row of the East Grandstand has been ripped out, undocumented as it was piled with all the other bleachers - and this is the true respect that Phil Knight has granted to Bill Bowerman."
I know the new track is going to look amazing but it will no longer be Pre's track. The Pre Classic will never be the same. This was a mistake that we let happen. Hayward Field will never be the same.(06/23/2018) ⚡AMP