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.
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The pavilion next to the stadium is the place to get your grub on before and during the game. There are a few options including The Wild Duck Café, which offers Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese for $11. It looks and tastes as good as it sounds.
Inside the stadium, there is a wide variety of food options for just about anyone. There is the standard stadium fare including hot dogs ($5), and nachos ($7). There is also BBQ from Coach Belotti BBQ, which features pulled pork for $10.
Coffee drinkers, don't fret, Dutch Brothers Coffee is available for $4 and $6. The pavilion is the only place where alcohol is available. Beer and wine are available for $7 and $8. They do not let you remove alcoholic beverages from the pavilion.
When you are in line waiting to get in, you are able to feel the excitement and anticipation of what you are about to witness. Pregame is a spectacle unto itself. The team and student section lead the crowd during a warm up. Even though it was an important game, both teams came in at 5-1 in conference, I felt like I was attending a bowl game. There was high energy throughout, even in the slack parts of the game.
Oregon at one point set a record for crowd noise at over 120 decibels. That's louder than standing next to a jet engine. ESPN analyst Lee Corso once said that "Autzen Stadium is the loudest stadium per person that I've ever been in in my entire life."
The University of Oregon sports complex consists of Autzen Stadium, Pape Field (soccer & lacrosse), PK Park (baseball), and the Hatfield Dowlin Complex which houses the athletic department. The complex also houses "The Duck Store," which is where you can find anything and everything Duck related. Down the street, amongst auto dealerships, sits Kowloon Restaurant, a busy place on game day.
As far as finding grub nearby, your best bet is to go to the O Bar. It's less than a mile away and has amazing food. But if you want the true Ducks football pre/postgame experience, go to campus and try out either Taylor's or Rennie's. Up-and-down 13th Street next to campus, you'll find a plethora of places to dine.
Oregon Duck fans are among the elite in college football when it comes to passionate support. I had never seen so much green in one place when it comes to clothing. It is one of the loudest crowds you will ever be apart of. Every defensive play sounds like a train coming at you. It was unfortunate during my visit that the student section chose to chant some very uncomplimentary comments at the other team (Washington Huskies). In spite of that fact, the crowd was overall very good, engaged in the game every play.
Autzen is situated fairly close to the I-5/I-105 interchange. The local authorities close off some roads or turn them into one way streets to get fans close to the venue on game day. Local businesses will open their lots for fans, although it seems very pricey. You can expect to park about ¼ to ½ mile away and still spend $20. Some lots closer charge upwards of $40. Parking is outwardly the biggest problem that needs to be addressed. Inside there are wide walkways to get around and plenty of room. There are numerous sections for handicapped fans.
Single game tickets range from $35 to $109 depending on the opponent. Every seat in the house has a great view. There are plenty of options for any fan whether it be food, souvenirs, or tailgating. There is plenty of everything for the sports fan. Autzen Stadium should be a must visit for any football fan.
The pavilion, next to the stadium, hosts pregame food and entertainment. There are about six options for food there, or if nothing there appeals to you, on the north side there is a "Food Truck Pavilion" where local food trucks set up shop inside the gates.
The Marching Band has a warm-up/pregame performance near the pavilion.
The main extra is the Duck mascot, who when they score, will do one push-up per point scored by Oregon. If the Ducks have a big scoring day, the mascot can/will do upwards of 200 push-ups.
There are merchandise tents outside and inside the gates so if you want a souvenir; it's not hard to find a spot.
There is a College and NFL Hall Of Fame wall next to the pavilion. Names on the wall include Dan Fouts, Ahmad Rashad, and Norm Van Brocklin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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