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Official Review by Paul Hilchen, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Eugene, Oregon,s Autzen Stadium sits as one of the main landmarks of the southern Willamette Valley. It is the crown jewel of the University of Oregon athletic program as is Heyward Field, home of Oregon Track & Field. The stadium has a 54,000 fan capacity and has been updated and modernized since its opening in 1967. On the upper levels, one is able to view a good portion of said Willamette Valley.
In addition to Duck football, Autzen has been the venue for other activities. Oregon State high school championship games were played there until 2006. ESPN College Game Day broadcast from the stadium six consecutive years from 2009 through 2014. U2, Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead are just a few of the concerts played at Autzen Stadium.
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There is a wide variety of menu items to choose from when attending a Duck football game. Just outside the stadium but still within the stadium's fences, there are a few local food trucks with their unique offerings. Taco Intrusion and Island Hut are a couple of them featuring a 3 taco plate ($12) and a teriyaki plate ($12) respectively. Inside the stadium proper, you will find the more common menus. Cornerback Chicken Shack - Tenders & Tots ($12), Bellotti's BBQ - BBQ Sliders ($12), Touchdown Sausage - Red Hots ($12) and Autzen Taqueria - Stadium Burrito ($10) are the main spots to get your grub on.
Papa's Pizza - Cheese & Bacon Tots ($10), Wild Duck Café - Chicken Caesar Wrap ($12), Oakway Catering - Nachos Supreme ($12) & Ron's Island Grill - Huli Huli Chicken ($12) are options in the Moshofsky Sports Center which I will elaborate on later. This is also the only place to purchase beer and wine ($9-$12) at Autzen.
Every game at Autzen seems to be a big game, and seemingly even bigger than the game is the tailgating. The amount of people outside the stadium, pre and postgame, is quite impressive. Even in a down year, as this year is for the Ducks, the enthusiasm is at the highest level. Oregon fans at one point had the record for crowd noise, measured at 120 decibels. Lee Corso, analyst for ESPN Game Day was quoted as saying "Autzen Stadium is the loudest stadium per person that I've ever been in my entire life." I can accurately verify that. Fan reaction comes at you like a wall of sound.
The stadium is set within the University of Oregon sports complex. The school's baseball stadium (PK Park) and soccer field (Pape Field) are directly next to Autzen. The complex also houses the Mariota Performance Center and The Duck Store, the ultimate in Oregon Duck swag.
North of the stadium, Kowloon Restaurant is a busy place on game day. The O Bar, Taylor's & Rennie's are the best places to go pre and postgame for the best Duck football experience. Up and down 13th Street next to the campus is also a good place to sample local food/businesses.
Fans are rabid, in a good way. There is green and yellow everywhere you look. The stands are loud, VERY loud. Every kick off, every defensive play, every special teams play, every successful advance on offense is met with a thundering cheer. On my last visit, the student section made some really unnecessary and crude chants during the game. I heard none of that this time. I find it much more enjoyable to attend a game where you don't have to worry about what your kids might hear.
A Duck football game isn't necessarily a U of O event, it's a Eugene event. The town is transformed to channel traffic towards the stadium. Autzen is within 2 miles of the I-5/I-105 interchange. Parking is available along the route at local businesses starting at $20. Highest price for parking I saw was $40. Parking is a problem that the University should look to alleviate in the future.
Inside the stadium, there is ample room for fans to get around. Walkways are nice and wide, especially around the concession areas. Bathrooms are large and accommodating. There are also numerous sections for handicapped fans.
If you are looking for big time college football, this is the place. Single game tickets range from $49 - $119 depending on the opponent. Sight wise, there isn't a bad seat in the house. The staff at Autzen Stadium are committed to making sure fans have a great experience. There are plenty of options for fans whether it be food, souvenirs, or tailgating. If imagining something that a sports venue might have, Autzen probably has it. It can be spendy, but a visit to Autzen Stadium is well worth the time, trip and money.
The University of Oregon sports Hall Of Fame is located directly next to Autzen. Some of the names included here are Dan Fouts, Ahmad Rashad and Mel Renfro.
The Moshofsky Sports Center is the football team's indoor practice facility that is turned into an entertainment destination before games and during halftime. This is the only place you can purchase and consume alcohol at the stadium. There are things there for everyone. Kids can kick a field goal or complete a pass to a receiver, you can play corn hole (there are other names for this), and everyone can enjoy the band that plays during all this. I don't know if they have the same people playing all the time, but the blues rock band that was playing was quite good.
The Duck, the school's mascot, is one of the main attractions after a score. The Duck will do one pushup per point scored. If the Ducks have a good scoring day, The Duck can do upwards of 200 pushups.
In between possessions, videos of past plays in Duck history are shown. It's a nice trip down memory lane for long time fans, and a history lesson for other fans.
A Duck game in Eugene should be on every football fan's list of places to visit. Being an elite team, not only in the Pac-12, but in the nation, tickets may be difficult to come by as Autzen has been sold out since 1999. If you are fortunate enough to get tickets to Autzen, you will not be disappointed.
Member Review by Prince
Autzen Stadium opened in 1967 and is the home of the Oregon Ducks, who play college football in the Pac-10 conference. The stadium holds 59,000 which includes standing room. It's located just north of Williamette River, next to Alton Baker Park. This stadium is consistently ranked among the nation's top 10 venues to watch a college football game.
NFL players of note that have played their college ball at the University of Oregon include New York Jets backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, Baltimore Ravens starting right defensive end Haloti Ngata and running back Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers.
Member Review by AlexShoemaker on Sep 04, 2012
Located next to the Willamette River, and in the heart of the Willamette Valley, the walk to Autzen through the trees is one of the most breathtaking experiences in all of sports.
Since its opening in 1967 Autzen Stadium has become one of college football’s most historic and beloved venues in the game. The team has risen to unparalleled success, and the Oregon fan base is one of the strongest in the country. In 2011, Oregon led the NCAA in Stadium capacity attendance percentage at 110% capacity. Despite a seating max of 54,000 seats, the University of Oregon consistently sells out and is able to sell extra standing room area seats.
With the team’s 82-game sellout streak in jeopardy for the start of the 2012 season, Ducks fans met the challenge and once again hit the mark with an attendance of 54,116. That streak, as of publication of this article, is now at 83 games and counting.
Member Review by AlexShoemaker on Sep 12, 2013
Over the river and through the woods, the march to Autzen Stadium is one of the greatest experiences in college football. In the heart of the Willamette Valley, Autzen Stadium has played host to the University of Oregon football team since 1967 and is one of most majestic settings across the land.
Since its opening nearly 50 years ago, Autzen has experienced face lift after face lift to make it the spectacle it is today. The original cost for the land and stadium is estimated at $2.5 million. A $90 million dollar renovation/expansion in 2002, which added 12,000 seatbacks and 32 luxury boxes to the south-side was the biggest change to the facility. The renovation encompassed much-needed restroom and concession facilities, a 10,000-square foot entertainment center (Club at Autzen), widened walkway and concourse areas to better accommodate the increased capacity from 41,698 to 54,000 fans, as well as new ticket distribution centers and guest services windows to cater to the needs of its patrons.
The most recent project focused on improving the stark north side with greenery as well as stands commemorating past and current players. The “Zen North” project features a reported 78,000+ plants, 474 LED light fixtures, 306 large trees and six miles of irrigation that enables the foliage to stay hydrated.
“All along, the idea was to respect opponents in this part of the complex,” said Tinker Hatfield to GoDucks’ Rob Moseley, a designer for Nike who helped conceptualize Zen North. “Because if you do come in here and win, you’ve done something. It’s hard.”
Autzen has become one of college football’s most historic and beloved venues in the game, and it’s love is only continuing to grow. The team has risen to unparalleled success, and the Oregon fan base is one of the strongest in the country. In 2011, Oregon led the NCAA in stadium capacity attendance percentage at 110% capacity. Despite a seating max of 54,000 seats, the University of Oregon consistently sells out and is able to sell extra standing room area seats.
The team’s sellout streak is nearing 100 consecutive games, which puts Oregon in the top-10 in FBS at the publication of this article.
Member Review by Paul Hilchen on Oct 31, 2014
Autzen Stadium, home of the Oregon Ducks, is the crown jewel in the university’s sports complex. Built in 1967, the stadium has been updated and modernized and now holds 54,000 fans. Autzen Stadium sports a massive video screen that stands as a beacon within the complex. Looking past the complex, the views from the upper levels of the stadium provide a picturesque view of the Willamette Valley. It’s difficult to imagine another venue with a more pleasing atmosphere.
Member Review by TheStadiumTeen on Apr 16, 2017
So I have a hobby of sneaking into stadiums on non game days, so if you expect a game day review, stop reading this review and read one of the other ones. Anyways, I got a special tour of the place, and this has to be my favorite CFB stadium i've been to. It's awesome in every way. The Fans are great, the atmosphere is electric, the neighborhood is bustling, it's awesome. The exterior looks good. The grand entrance is spectacular, and it's nice and historical on the other side. The interior is bizzare but is so good. The design pumps for maximum noise and will deafen opponents. Too bad the whole place smells like weed but hey, what are ya gonna do? Overall, this is a must stop for CFB fans. It's an amazing experience and you won't regret it.
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