Hare Field
Hare Field is a multi-sport facility located in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. The facility opened in 1965 and is owned by the Hillsboro School District. Hare Field includes a baseball stadium, a football stadium, practice fields, and track and field equipment. The venue hosts high school sports, open track meets, youth sports, and occasionally college sports. The football stadium seats over 5,000 fans, was the first high school field in Oregon with an all-weather field, and was named one of the best venues to watch high school football in the state.

Hare Field opened in 1965 when the Hillsboro High School (Hilhi Spartans) baseball team started using the baseball stadium. The field was named for civic leader and former state legislator William G. Hare. The first football game was held on September 9, 1966, when Hilhi played Gresham High School. Hilhi won that game 7-0 and would become the season’s state champions. School football teams had previously used Goodman Field from 1948 to 1965. With the addition of Glencoe High School in 1980, that school began using the facilities at Hare Field. In 1991, coach Rich Brooks held the Oregon Ducks spring scrimmage at the stadium drawing 5,183 spectators. The football stadium was used in 1997 for a memorial service to Hondo, a police dog killed in the line of duty and namesake for the city’s dog park. Century High School became the third school to use Hare Field in 1997, but moved to the new Hillsboro Stadium when it opened in 1999. The following year the facility began a multi-year renovation that was funded by private money, including a controversial deal with soft drink maker Coca-Cola that raised $1 million. The total cost for the project were $3.5 million and included the installation of an all-weather surface for the football and soccer field, a new track surface, locker-room improvements, and upgrades to some seating areas among others. As a result of the sponsorships, the artificial turf has Coca-Cola logos in both end zones, and it became the first all-weather high school football field in Oregon. Following the installation of AstroTurf in 1998, the facility was used to host OSAA state playoff games that year. Hare Field hosted the Oregon State Beavers football spring game in 1999, the first year under coach Dennis Erickson. In 2003, The Oregonian newspaper named the football stadium as one of the ten best places to watch a high school football game. The Hilhi versus Glencoe football series was selected in 2007 for the Great American Rivalry Series. The all-weather playing surface is scheduled to be replaced with a new all-weather field in 2009.

Hare Field consists of a football stadium that includes locker rooms and a covered grandstand. The football field is also used for soccer, and a track surrounds the field. Other track equipment and open fields also make up the western section of the facility. The track is named the Elden Kellar Track. On the east side of the complex is a baseball stadium, with a portion of the south part composed of ticket stands and paved parking. There is a jogging track around the perimeter of the complex. The complex hosts home football games, track, and soccer for both Glencoe and Hilhi. Oregon School Activities Association state playoff games for football are also held at the stadium. Hilhi uses the baseball diamond for their teams. Hare is also home to the annual Elden Kellar Invitational amateur track meet, while occasionally hosting high school district championship meets. A weekly all-comers track meet is held during the summers. In addition to athletic venues, Hare Field houses and hosts other items and events. The facility serves as the staging ground for parades such as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the annual Fourth of July Parade. Hare Field’s grounds also house an air quality monitoring station owned by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The school district also receives revenues from a cellular phone communication tower located at the site.