Back in 2019, Hoffman Construction approached us to help them add University of Oregon branding to the new Hayward Field Stadium. In partnership with Nike visionary Todd Van Horne and the designers at AHM Brands, the goal was to create a “theater” for track and field, with an all-inclusive athlete training facility underneath. The project architect, SRG Partnership, had created an impressive structure and footprint, but the plans were lacking in branding. We were excited to join the team as the large-format printing, fabrication, and installation partner to help them bring the DUCKS brand to life.
The University of Oregon wanted the new arena to be athlete-centered – both in décor and function – while also showcasing Oregon history and culture. We produced larger-than-life VOM athlete headers above the concourse-level stand entryways. Each header featured a past athlete to pay honor to the legends that make U of O Track and Field a force to be reckoned with. As fans walk along the concourse before entering the stands, they pass huge OREGON DUCKS wall lettering. Replicating letters in a specific brand font at a uniform height and spacing is not a task to be guesstimated. We cut painting stencils to ensure a precise finished presentation.
Beneath the venue lies an expansive area just for the athletes. There are discipline-specific training areas, physical therapy and recovery spaces (including nap pods!), hydration and nutrition stations, eateries, hot and cold plunge pools, a team meeting theater, locker rooms, weight rooms, gear storage, and a lounge. Interspersed throughout are our graphics. We produced vinyl graphics for their equipment storage lockers, coaches’ area, and feature walls; custom-shaped 3D graphic panels for the history wall; printed to supplied metal, Corian, and wood for custom barn doors, lockers, and wood feature walls; custom glass film and frosting for privacy and information; cut vinyl for safety and way finding; and more. All graphics feature Oregon DUCKS branding, legacy athletes, or nod to local landmarks.