The World is Coming to Oregon This Summer


Less than one month until the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 — the top track and field event — will be hosted at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon

Hayward Field (Photo: WCH Oregon22)

Oregon is less than one month away from hosting the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, and communities across the state are preparing and excited to welcome athletes, coaches, and fans from around the globe this summer. 

The Championships, which will be held in Eugene from July 15-24, is the most prestigious track and field competition in the world — second only in size and stature to the World Cup. Thousands of people will flock to Oregon’s legendary Hayward Field at the University of Oregon to watch track and field’s top athletes compete for a chance to call themselves the best in the world — and yes, tickets are still available

This year will be the first time ever that the World Athletics Championships will be held on U.S. soil. Previous championships have been held in global cities like Doha, Rome, London, and Tokyo. The fact that Eugene was selected to host this global event both pays tribute to Oregon’s legacy with the sport of track and field, and also reinforces that the beauty and bounty of Oregon is special enough to be highlighted on an international platform. 

It also presents an incredible economic opportunity for Oregon. More than 2,000 athletes from over 200 nations will descend upon Hayward Field — and thousands of visitors will not only be attending the games, but also exploring all that Oregon offers, from the state’s great outdoors to small businesses and world famous food scene. 

Hayward Field at the University of Oregon has an amazing legacy within the sport of track and field and is a world-class facility designed by athletes, for athletes — an unparalleled stage for the championships. Also a first, the Championships will end with the women’s 4x400m, in line with World Athletics’ pledge to greater gender equality and Oregon’s values. Five of the ten evening sessions will conclude with a women’s final. Oregon is proud to host an athletic event that is making gender equality and diversity one of its goals. 

Oregonians cannot wait to come together in this celebration of diversity and athletic achievement, and all are invited to join in the excitement of being the proud host of these championships.

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