In the summer of 2021, the City of Eugene will host the world’s largest sporting event of the year, the IAAF World Championships Oregon21.
The games will celebrate the world’s best track and field athletes from 214 different countries.
The Oregon21 events will take place in Eugene at the University of Oregon’s newly renovated Hayward Field. This will be the first time the IAAF World Championships will take place on U.S. soil.
Eugene can expect over 50,000 visitors. The events will be broadcast to a worldwide audience. This is an amazing opportunity for us to greet the globe. So what exactly do we want to say?
City of Eugene leadership see this as an ideal time to catalyze local improvement projects, invest in our community, and inspire the world.
Mayor Vinis: 2021 offers our community a wonderful opportunity to welcome the world. To show off all the things that we so treasure about Eugene: our landscape, our wonderful city, our vibrant community, and our diverse community.
Jon Ruiz: I think 2021 is a wonderful opportunity for the entire community because what we can do is we can come together, there will be opportunities for everybody to participate, some in a professional way, some as part of our work, for example in the city organization we can all play a part, but for people to be able to volunteer. As the community itself we can come around something that we generally are able to say yes to.
Mayor Vinis: It’s an opportunity for us to roll out a lot of priorities that are on our list. We are working hard on a transportation plan to increase the amount of biking and pedestrian opportunities and improve our public transit system. This gives us a chance to say let’s have that in place when we have a lot of people to move back and forth. It gives us an opportunity to cooperate statewide, because we need to be able to get athletes and visitors and media back and forth across the state. It’s Oregon21, not just Eugene21.
Jon Ruiz: So as we think about ways in which we want to welcome the world and also feel good about ourselves, there’s any numbers of projects that may have already been in the queue, but we can try to accelerate them or move them along quicker or intersect them in new ways. So for example, the park along the riverfront we do expect to be finished by 2021, and if we can connect that really nicely back into downtown through 5th Street but also over into the public square, now we’re creating really pathways for people to move around this community in some new and different ways.
Mayor Vinis: I think for the City, we’re looking at the infrastructure that we want to make sure that we have in place. From my perspective we want this opportunity to be inclusive, so we don’t want 2021 just to be an athletic event and the City’s all focused on just international visitors. We want 2021 to be a legacy moment for us as a city. That there are projects we undertake now that will make it pleasant and safe for our visitors, but will continue to be enjoyed and increase the safety and the ease of life and the richness of our life in the City of Eugene for everyone.
Stay tuned for more ways that staff are engaging in the excitement of 2021. To learn more, visit eug2021.org.