EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Workers have started dismantling the 93-year-old East Grandstand at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
Workers began removing the grandstand's original seat boards on Monday, The Register-Guard reported .
The Douglas fir bleacher seats are among numerous items that may be reused in the modern stadium that will be built on the same site as Hayward Field.
The stadium's privately funded rebuild will be completed in time for the 2021 World Track and Field Championships.
The university has not specified when the east and west grandstands and the Bowerman Family Building will be razed, but the work is expected to begin next month.
The university received criticism for the move from the public and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, which believed the East Grandstand was eligible for listing on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The university is working with the state office on an agreement to minimize the loss of the grandstand's history.
The university has tentatively agreed to document the grandstand's history, according to the draft agreement obtained Monday by The Register-Guard.
The university had already planned to salvage wooden benches from the East Grandstand, 72 President's Box cast-iron seats and Hayward Field history signs, among other items, and store them in warehouses.
The salvaged items may be used in the new stadium or added to the stadium's commemorative gallery.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com