Eugene’s reputation as a powerhouse sports destination on the West Coast continues to grow. Known as TrackTown USA, the Running Capital of the World and the birthplace of Nike, Eugene has a strong athletic legacy. Building on this legacy, Eugene will be hosting the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in 2021. It will be the first time the event will be held in the United States and it’s anticipated to be the largest sporting event in the world that year.
Beyond track and field, other traditional sports like football, baseball, swimming and volleyball flourish in the Eugene-Springfield metro area’s facilities and venues. Newer and non-traditional sports are thriving from the Oregon coastline to the Cascade mountains’ ridgeline: Triathlons, sandboarding, cycling and mountain biking abound in the miles and miles of natural courses. The area is also host to a number of water sports, such as speedboat racing and world-class rowing, at the numerous lakes and reservoirs.
The Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission actively seeks out new sports events for Lane County, maintains a database of sports venues, fields and facilities, and provides resources and services designed to help events and planners succeed. It is the first and primary point of contact for literally hundreds of sports events in the region.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field (June 19-28, 2020)
- 2021 NCAA D1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships (June 9-12, 2021)
- 2021 IAAF World Track & Field Championships (August 6-15, 2021)
- 2022 NCAA D1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships (June 8-11, 2022)
CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered
- Volunteer Staff
- PR/Media Assistance
- Signage- connections with local vendors
- Site Visits
- Transportation Assistance
- Lodging Services
- Grant Programs
- Welcome Bags/Gifts- connections with local vendors
- Itinerary Development
- Event Planning Assistance
- Make introductions to local dignitaries and community leaders
- Advise on eco-friendly event planning for greener sports events
- Promote events with a dedicated web microsite, web links and tie-ins
- Assist with permit & signage applications
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- Autzen Stadium
- Hayward Field
- Matthew Knight Arena
- Bob Keefer Center for Sports
- Les Schwab Sports Park
- Bob Artz Park
- McArthur Court
Autzen Stadium in Eugene seats 54,000 spectators and is regularly ranked amongst the nation’s top 10 venues to watch a college football game. With consistent renovations since 1969, Autzen Stadium now features a FieldTurf surface with polyethylene and polypropylene fibers designed to resist extreme temperatures and weather conditions. With the 1981 addition of The Club at Autzen, the facility offers supplementary meeting space and functional surroundings for pre-game activities. Autzen Stadium has hosted Nitro Circus and the Grateful Dead.
One of the most historic track and field venues in the world, University of Oregon’s beloved Hayward Field in Eugene was home to six previous U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field and more NCAA D1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships than any other venue in modern history. Hayward Field is currently undergoing renovations that will make it one of the best track and field venues in the world. The new venue will have a seating capacity of 12,500 spectators (expandable to nearly 30,000) and will host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field, the 2021 NCAA D1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the 2021 IAAF World Championships
Sports: Track and Field
Matthew Knight Arena
Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene opened in 2011 and is one of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified arenas in the NCAA. This 12,364-seat multi-purpose arena is home to the University of Oregon Ducks basketball and volleyball teams. The venue features a 65,000-pound center hung scoreboard and four 20-by-12-foot high definition LED monitors.
Sports: Basketball, Volleyball, Gymnastics
Bob Keefer Center for Sports
Located in Springfield, Bob Keefer Center for Sports is a 97,000-square-foot venue with three regulation-sized basketball courts, four lighted outdoor turf fields, four indoor tennis courts, three roller derby rinks, 11 volleyball courts, eight pickleball courts, a 33-foot high climbing wall and a fitness center. One of the largest sports and recreation facilities in the Northwest, the center can accommodate any type of event, from small games to large scale tournaments.
Sports: Basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer
Les Schwab Sports Park
Situated within the previously mentioned Bob Keefer Center for Sports, Les Schwab Sports Park features four lighted multi-use outdoor synthetic turf fields, a playground, picnic area and entry plaza, Bocce ball courts and a 50-space parking lot. The newly renovated entry plaza can accommodate up to four food trucks and serves as a grand entrance for any sporting event. The synthetic turf fields have a combined capacity of 2,000 spectators, with bleachers and field lights as amenities. The park’s field turfs can be rented for reasonably priced hourly rates.
Sports: Soccer, lacrosse, football, softball, baseball
Bob Artz Park
Bob Artz Park in Springfield is the area’s primary softball field complex and home to the Oregon ASA Regional Girls Softball Tournament. The facility is heavily used by adults and youth throughout the region for both league and tournament play. Containing three lighted turf fields throughout the facility with concessions and a playground, Bob Artz Park also features 11 acres of playing space, on-site restrooms, drinking water, electric outlets, an open-play area and a 200-space parking area with additional bus parking. The park is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; sports teams must make reservations at least 72 hours in advance.
Although McArthur Court, also known as “Mac Court,” was replaced in 2011 by Matthew Knight Arena, it served as the former home to the Oregon Ducks’ men’s and women’s basketball teams since 1926. Now a nostalgic piece of history, Mac Court is dedicated for recreational use and is available to rent for various sports events. In 2016, the National Association of Artistic Gymnastics (NAAG) hosted an all-boys meet, piquing the interest of other organizations to host their sporting events at McArthur Court.
Sports: Gymnastics, cheerleading, basketball, volleyball
Things to do in Eugene
The Eugene, Cascades and Coast region is an adventure-driven destination where the natural beauty is limitless and countless outdoor experiences are possible.
Visitors can hike to spectacular waterfalls, swim in hot springs, beachcomb below majestic ocean cliffs, shoot the rapids of the McKenzie River or kayak calm ocean estuaries.
One unique, regional experience is sandboarding, a board sport like snowboarding or surfing, but on sand. The Oregon Coast has the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, providing a year-round exhilarating sporting experience for those visiting the region.
A nature center and wildlife hospital in Eugene specializing in raptor rehabilitation, Cascade Raptor Center, has a large collection of native raptor species in large outdoor aviaries for visitors to observe.
After getting out in nature, feast at farm-to-table restaurants, taste along the Eugene Ale Trail or explore the South Willamette Wine Trail in Oregon’s beautiful wine country.
From wildlife sightings and children’s museums to escape rooms and wave pools, the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region has entertaining activities for all ages to enjoy.
When TrackTown USA plays host to a large sporting event, such as the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, or the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, we have come to rely on the expertise and resources of the Sports Commission to ensure that all of our key constituencies have their needs met in terms of accommodations, community outreach and other endeavors. We look forward to more collaborative efforts in the future.
USA (2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships: Vin Lananna (President of TrackTown)
Two years ago the NWAC took a giant leap of faith and partnered with the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission to bring our Soccer Friendlies tournament to the Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation in Springfield, Oregon. The effort, hospitality and genuine support provided by the commission is second to none. Last year 48 college soccer teams competed and this year there will be an additional 32 volleyball teams competing to make a one-of-a-kind College Indoor/Outdoor Fall Festival. Their partnership, vision, and energy has played a vital role in making this event happen.”
Northwest Athletic Conference: Marco Azurdia (Executive Director)
How to Get to Eugene
By Car:The Eugene-Springfield metro is located directly off Interstate 5, the major freeway system running north and south from Canada to California.
By Air: Serviced by Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, the Eugene Airport is the second largest airport in Oregon.
Company Name: Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission
Sports Sales Manager: Joey Jewell
Title: Director of Sports Sales & Development