Coverage of the total tear-down and replacement of Hayward Field has largely overlooked the neighbors. This might be the right change, but it's in the wrong place.

Hayward Field long since outgrew its location. On-street parking was scarce decades ago, and the neighborhood has grown ever more crowded from new construction on and near campus.

Hayward sits amid property owned by the University of Oregon physical education and recreation departments — four turf fields and the rec track. These are heavily used by students for up to 18 hours a day. The effect of construction will be devastating on all student uses of these fields and track, and some of that space will never be replaced because there’s no spare room.

The end of Hayward would have been the perfect time to locate the new stadium anywhere but here, anywhere with surrounding space. The old track, minus the stands other than a smaller remnant of the East Grandstand, could have become Hayward Heritage Park — open to students and the public alike.

Now it’s too late. Sad that the suggestions of nearest neighbors seemingly never were solicited.

Joe Henderson, Eugene