Location in Eugene
Location in Oregon
Location in the United States
|Location||2727 Leo Harris Parkway|
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
|Operator||University of Oregon|
|Capacity||54,000, standing room to 60,000 (2002–present)
|Surface||FieldTurf – (2002–present)|
NeXturf – (2001)
OmniTurf – (1984–2000)
AstroTurf – (1969–1983)
Natural grass – (1967–1968)
|Opened||September 23, 1967|
|Construction cost||$2.3 million|
$80 million (2002 renovation)
|Architect||Skidmore, Owings & Merrill|
Ellerbe Becket (2002 renovation)
|General contractor||Gale M. Roberts Co. (1967)|
|Oregon Ducks football (NCAA)|
Autzen Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in the northwest United States, in Eugene, Oregon. Located north of the University of Oregon campus, it is the home field of the Oregon Ducks of the Pac-12 Conference. Opened 55 years ago in 1967, the stadium has undergone several expansions. The official seating capacity is presently 54,000, however, the actual attendance regularly exceeds that figure.
Prior to 1967, the Ducks' on-campus stadium was Hayward Field, which they shared with the track and field team. However, by the late 1950s, it had become apparent that Hayward Field was no longer suitable for the football team. It seated only 22,500 people, making it one of the smallest in the University Division (now Division I), and only 9,000 seats were available to the general public. While nearly every seat was protected from the elements, it had little else going for it. The stadium was in such poor condition that coaches deliberately kept prospective recruits from seeing it. As a result, the Ducks only played three home games per year on campus in most years; with the exception of the annual rivalry game with Oregon State, games that were likely to draw big crowds (against schools like Washington and USC) were played 110 miles (180 km) north in Portland at the larger Multnomah Stadium. With the recognition that the football team had outgrown the campus facility and with popular support to play the entire home schedule in Eugene for the first time in school history, Oregon athletic director Leo Harris led a campaign to build a new stadium on 90 acres (0.36 km2) that the school had acquired for the purpose in the 1950s on his recommendation.
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the stadium was built within an artificial landfill (over the refuse) to eliminate the need for multilevel ramps. As a result, construction took just nine months and cost approximately $2.3 million. $250,000 was contributed by the Autzen Foundation, headed by Thomas E. Autzen (class of 1943), son of Portland lumberman and philanthropist Thomas J. Autzen (1888–1958), for whom the stadium was named. The elder Autzen was ironically an alumnus of Oregon archrival Oregon State University.
In 1967, Oregon hosted Colorado in Autzen Stadium's inaugural game, a 17–13 loss before 27,500 on September 23. Four weeks later on October 21, 16,000 saw Oregon's first win in the new facility; the 31–6 victory over Idaho was the only home win of the season.
The stadium alternates with Oregon State's Reser Stadium as host of the annual rivalry game with the Beavers.
Autzen hosted the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Championship game on December 2, 2011, as the Pac-12 North champion Ducks defeated the Pac-12 South champion UCLA Bruins.
Opened with natural grass in 1967, the field was switched to AstroTurf and lights were added for its third season in 1969. After seven years, it was replaced with new AstroTurf in 1976. Sand-based OmniTurf was installed in 1984 and 1991, and infilled NeXturf in 2001. The NeXturf was found to be overly slick when wet and lasted only one season, and was transferred to an intramural field. FieldTurf made its debut in Autzen in 2002, and was replaced in 2010.
With up to 8 feet (2.4 m) of gravel fill underneath the field, the original crown of the natural grass field was moderate, with the center of the field approximately one foot (0.30 m) higher than the sidelines. The crown was removed in 2010, and the surface is now flat.
In 1982, a $650,000 meeting room complex, the Donald Barker Stadium Club, was opened on the east rim above the end zone. It gave the stadium its first meeting facilities, and was dedicated at the home opener in September.
A proposal to enclose the stadium within a dome was given serious consideration in 1985. New tax laws on contributions altered the feasibility, and the overall project was scaled back. In 1988, a $2.3 million renovation built a new press box on the south side of the stadium and converted the original north side press box to luxury suites. The renovation was designed by architecture firm Ellerbe Becket.
In 1995, the field was named Rich Brooks Field, after the Ducks' coach from 1977 to 1994. Brooks led Oregon to its first outright Pac-10 championship, and its first Rose Bowl appearance in 37 years, in his last season. Brooks left Oregon after the 1994 season to become head coach of the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League.
In 2002, a $90 million facelift and expansion added seating and luxury boxes to the south sideline, bringing the stadium seating capacity up to its current level.
In 2007, the large yellow "O" was added onto the south end of the stadium exterior when ESPN's College GameDay was on location. That season, "Gameday" originated two of its Saturday shows from Eugene.
In 2008, a new, 33-by-85-foot (10 by 26 m) high-definition LED scoreboard and replay screen—known as DuckVision or "Duckvision 2.0"—was installed; it replaced the original video screen installed prior to the 1998–1999 football season. It is the 39th largest video screen in the NCAA.
In 2010, the field was replaced with new FieldTurf that featured the new Pac-12 logo (even before the logo was officially revealed to the public). During the process, the crown was removed to make the field flat. In addition, new paneling was added to the walls surrounding the field.
In 2014, the east end-zone scoreboard was updated to include a digital screen, the addition of 150 flat screen monitors throughout the concessions areas, additional culinary options in the form of food trucks on the north side of the stadium, increased cell phone repeaters and an upgrade to the sound system. Additionally, the sideline wall graphics were updated from the new panels installed in the 2010 season.
In 2020 the east end-zone scoreboard was replaced with a new 186’ x 66’ video screen on the east end of the stadium, making it the largest video board in college football. The video board will also house a smaller outward-facing 47’ x 26’ video board visible to fans arriving to the stadium.
The highest attendance at Autzen was 60,055 on October 15, 2011, when the Ducks beat Arizona State, 41–27. This stands as the second largest crowd for a sporting event in the state of Oregon, with the largest being the CART Portland 200 Champ car event in 1993 (63,000).
From 1997 to 2001, the Ducks had a 24-game home winning streak at Autzen Stadium, which ended with a 49–42 loss to Stanford. In 2011, the USC Trojans defeated the Ducks 38–35, ending a 21-game home winning streak as the Trojans handed Chip Kelly his first loss at Autzen as head coach.
|1||#18 Arizona State||60,055||9||October 15, 2011||W 41–27||ESPN College Gameday|||
|2||Washington||60,017||1||November 6, 2010||W 53–16||Oregon–Washington Rivalry|||
|3||#21 Arizona||59,990||1||November 26, 2010||W 48–29|||
|4||#9 UCLA||59,962||10||October 22, 2022||W 45–30||ESPN College Gameday|||
|5||#18 USC||59,933||4||November 19, 2011||L 35–38|||
|6||#9 Stanford||59,818||4||October 2, 2010||W 52–31||ESPN College Gameday|||
|7||#13 Oregon State||59,597||7||December 3, 2009||W 37–33||Oregon–Oregon State football rivalry|||
|8||#4 USC||59,592||10||October 31, 2009||W 47–20||ESPN College Gameday|||
|9||#7 Michigan State||59,456||3||September 6, 2014||W 46–27||ESPN College Gameday|||
|10||#6 Arizona State||59,379||4||November 3, 2007||W 35–23||ESPN College Gameday|||
|Year||Head Coach||Capacity||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3||Game 4||Game 5||Game 6||Game 7||Game 8||Average||% of Capacity|
|1987||Rich Brooks||41,097||31,573 SDSU 25-20||44,421 #16 UW 29-22||39,587 USC 34-27||37,500 CAL 20-6||43,157 OSU 44-0||39,248||95.50%|
|1988||Rich Brooks||41,698||29,238 LBSU 49-0||39,089 STAN 7-3||28,015 IDST 52-7||45,978 #17 UW 17-14||34,588 ASU 21-20||42,509 UCLA 16-6||36,570||87.70%|
|1989||Rich Brooks||41,698||35,854 CAL 30-7||39,631 UA 16-10||44,963 WSU 51-38||31,381 LBSU 52-10||46,087 OSU 30-21||39,583||94.93%|
|1990||Rich Brooks||41,698||35,118 SDSU 42-21||29,637 ID 55-23||45,022 #4 BYU 32-16||32,554 USU 52-7||35,685 ASU 22-7||37,559 STAN 31-0||45,905 UCLA 28-24||37,354||89.58%|
|1991||Rich Brooks||41,698||42,995 WSU 40-14||45,948 USC 30-14||34,536 NMSU 29-6||41,949 STAN 33-13||42,141 OSU 14-3||41,514||99.59%|
|1992||Rich Brooks||41,698||32,560 HAW 24-21||28,361 TTU 16-13||29,287 UNLV 59-6||30,121 ASU30-20||47,612 UW 24-3||34,651 CAL 37-17||33,771 UCLA 9-6||33,766||80.98%|
|1993||Rich Brooks||41,698||28,361 MONT 35-30||40,935 USC 24-13||35,846 WSU 46-23||31,214 STAN 38-34||42,267 OSU 15-12||35,725||85.68%|
|1994||Rich Brooks||41,698||30,505 PSU 58-16||25,358 UTAH 34-16||29,287 IOWA 40-18||30,678 CAL 23-7||44,134 #9 UW 31-20||36,968 #11 UA 10-9||41,693 ASU 34-10||34,088||81.75%|
|1995||Mike Bellotti||41,698||44,201 ILL 34-31||45,237 STAN 28-21||38,736 PAC 45-7||46,109 WSU 26-7||44,772 ASU 35-24||46,114 OSU 12-10||44,195||105.99%|
|1996||Mike Bellotti||41,698||39,312 FSU 30-27 OT||41,606 NEV 44-30||39,605 COL.ST 35-28||45,779 UCLA 41-22||46,226 UW 33-14||40,721 UA 49-31||37,833 CAL 40-23||41,583||99.72%|
|1997||Mike Bellotti||41,698||38,035 UA 16-9||38,288 FSU 43-40||43,516 WSU 24-13||42,314 UCLA 39-31||39,389 UTAH 31-13||45,735 OSU 48-30||41,213||98.84%|
|1998||Mike Bellotti||41,698||43,634 #23 MICH.ST 48-14||41,868 SJSU 58-3||43,948 STAN 63-28||45,807 USC 17-13||46,031 UW 27-22||43,723 ASU 51-19||44,169||105.93%|
|1999||Mike Bellotti||41,698||40,938 UTEP 47-28||41,374 NEV 72-10||45,660 #16 USC 33-30 3OT||45,445 ASU 20-17||44,090 WSU 52-10||46,115 OSU 25-14||43,937||105.37%|
|2000||Mike Bellotti||41,698||43,371 NEV 36-7||43,770 ID 42-13||45,470 #6 UCLA3 29-10||46,153 #6 UW 23-16||45,950 UA 14-10||45,845 CAL 25-17||45,093||108.14%|
|2001||Mike Bellotti||41,698||45,919 #22 WIS 31-28||45,712 UTAH 24-10||45,765 USC 24-22||45,258 UA 63-28||46,021 STAN 49-42||46,064 ASU 24-17||46,075 OSU 17-14||45,830||109.91%|
|2002||Mike Bellotti||54,000||56,386 MISS.ST 36-13||56,357 FSU 28-24||55,187 ID 58-21||56,066 PSU 41-0||56,432 ASU 45-42||56,754 USC 44-33||56,436 STAN 41-14||57,112 UW 42-14||56,341||104.34%|
|2003||Mike Bellotti||54,000||56,471 NEV 31-23||59,023 #3 MICH 31-27||57,473 WSU 55-16||57,627 STAN 35-0||57,511 CAL 21-17||58,102 OSU 34-20||57,701||106.85%|
|2004||Mike Bellotti||54,000||57,550 IU 30-24||57,912 ID 48-10||58,208 ASU 28-13||58,237 UA 28-14||58,101 UW 31-6||58,344 UCLA 34-26||58,058||107.51%|
|2005||Mike Bellotti||54,000||58,169 MONT 47-14||58,201 #23 FSU 37-34||59,129 USC 45-13||58,269 UW 45-21||58,309 #23 CAL 27-20 OT||58,525 OSU 56-14||58,433||108.21%|
|2006||Mike Bellotti||54,000||58,450 STAN 48-10||59,269 #11 OU 34-33||58,618 UCLA 30-20||57,493 PSU 55-12||58,408 UW 34-14||58,029 UA 37-10||58,377||108.11%|
|2007||Mike Bellotti||54,000||57,662 HOU 48–27||58,525 FSU 52–21||59,273 #6 CAL3 24–31||58,749 WSU 53–7||59,277 #9 USC 24–17||59,379 #6 ASU3 35–23||59,050 OSU 31–382OT||58,845||108.97%|
|2008||Mike Bellotti||54,000||58,778 UW 44–10||58,060 USU 66–24||58,713 BSU 32–37||58,728 UCLA 31–24||58,013 STAN 35–28||58,369 UA 55–45||58,443||108.23%|
|2009||Chip Kelly||54,000||57,772 PUR 38–36||58,017 #18 UTAH 31–24||58,975 #6 CAL 42–3||57,378 WSU 52–6||59,592 #4 USC3 47–20||58,475 ASU 44–21||59,5971 #13 OSU 37–33||58,543||108.41%|
|2010||Chip Kelly||54,000||59,104 UNM 72–0||58,086 PSU 69–0||59,818 #9 STAN3 52–31||59,3721 UCLA 60–13||60,017 UW 53–16||59,9902 #21 UA 48–29||59,397||110.00%|
|2011||Chip Kelly||54,000||58,818 NEV 69–20||58,874 MOSU 56–7||58,7961 CAL 43–15||60,055 #18 ASU3 41–27||59,126 WSU 43–28||59,933 USC 35–38||59,802 OSU 49–21||59,3762 UCLA 49–31||59,344||109.90%|
|2012||Chip Kelly||54,000||56,144 AKST 57–34||55,755 FSU 42–25||57,091 TNTC 63–14||58,334 #22 UA 49–0||58,792 #23 UW 52–21||57,521 COLO 70–14||58,792 #14 STAN3 14–17OT||57,490||106.46%|
|2013||Mark Helfrich||54,000||57,769 NICH 66–3||57,895 TENN 59–14||56,987 CAL 55–16||56,949 WSU 62–38||59,206 #12 UCLA3 42–14||56,481 UTAH 44–21||58,3302 OSU 36–35||57,659||106.78%|
|2014||Mark Helfrich||54,000||57,388 SDU 62–13||59,456 #7 MICH.ST3 46–27||56,533 WYO 48–14||56,0321 UA 24–31||57,858 UW 45–20||58,974 STAN 45–16||55,898 COLO 44–10||57,488||106.46%|
|2015||Mark Helfrich||54,000||58,128 EWU 62–42||56,859 GSU 61–28||56,533 #18 UTAH 20–62||57,775 WSU 38–452OT||56,604 CAL 44–28||59,094 #22 USC 48–28||57,814 OSU 52–42||57,324||106.16%|
|2016||Mark Helfrich||54,000||53,817 UCD 53–28||53,774 UVA 44–26||53,974 COLO 41–38||58,842 #5 UW 70–21||53,898 ASU 54–35||53,757 STAN 52–27||54,677||101.25%|
|2017||Willie Taggart||54,000||52,204 SUU 77–21||58,389 NEB 42-35||55,707 CAL 45-24||56,653 #11 WSU 33-10||56,154 UTAH 41-20||51,799 UA 48-28||57,475 OSU 69-10||55,483||102.75%|
|2018||Mario Cristobal||54,000||50,112 BG 58-24||47,210 PSU 62-14||50,049 SJSU 35-22||58,453 #7 STAN3 38-31OT||58,691 #7 UW 30-27OT||56,114 UCLA 42-21||50,485 ASU 31-29||53,016||98.8%|
|2019||Mario Cristobal||54,000||50,920 NEV 77-6||49,098 MONT 35-3||54,766 CAL 17-7||50,529 COLO 45-3||59,361 WSU 37-35||54,219 UA 34-6||56,243 OSU 24-10||53,591||99.2%|
|2020||Mario Cristobal||54,000||0 STAN 35-14||0 UCLA 38-35||N/A||N/A|
|2021||Mario Cristobal||54,000||43,276 FSU 31-24||42,782 SBU 48-7||50,024 UA 41-19||50,008 CAL 24-7||51,449 COLO 52-29||52,327 WSU 38-24||56,408 OSU 38-29||49,468||91.6%|
|2022||Dan Lanning||54,000||47,289 EWU 70-14||54,463 #12 BYU 41-20||52,218 STAN 45-27||59,962 #9 UCLA 45-30||58,756 #25 WASH 37-34||57,009 #10 UTAH 20-17||54,950||101.76%|
Sellout. Conference Championship Game. Attendance Record. 1 – Thursday Night Game. 2 – Friday Night Game. 3 – ESPN's College GameDay.
The stadium is located just north of the Willamette River, next to Alton Baker Park. Students typically walk to the stadium from the University of Oregon campus over the Autzen Footbridge, which passes over the Willamette, then through Alton Baker Park. The FieldTurf playing field is at an elevation of 420 feet (130 m) above sea level and is laid out in a non-traditional east-west orientation, slightly skewed so that players will not have the sun shining in their eyes in late fall.
Autzen is known for its crowd noise. Due to the stadium's relatively small footprint, the fans are very close to the action, and the field is sunken. These factors contribute to the loudness of the stadium even though it is smaller than other 'noise comparable' stadiums. According to many in the Pac-12, from Oregon's resurgence in the mid-1990s until the most recent expansion in 2002, Autzen was even louder because the noise reverberated all the way up the stadium and bounced back down to the field—the so-called "Autzen bounce." Oregon officials say that any future expansions will trap more noise.
On October 27, 2007, during a 24–17 victory against the USC Trojans, a then-record crowd of 59,277 fans was recorded at 127.2 decibels. A similarly loud 31–27 upset of third-ranked Michigan in 2003 prompted Michigan Daily columnist J. Brady McCollough to write
Autzen's 59,000 strong make the Big House collectively sound like a pathetic whimper. It's louder than any place I’ve ever been, and that includes The Swamp at Florida, The Shoe in Columbus, and Death Valley at Louisiana State. Autzen Stadium is where great teams go to die.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr later said that Autzen Stadium was the loudest stadium he'd ever been in.
In 2006, a Sporting News columnist named Autzen the most intimidating college football stadium in the nation.
Lee Corso of ESPN College Gameday frequently says, "Per person Autzen Stadium is the loudest stadium that I have ever been in my entire life!"
Longtime ABC sportscaster Keith Jackson called Autzen "Per square yard, the loudest stadium in the history of the planet."
Jahvid Best, a former starting running back for the Detroit Lions, visited Autzen while playing for the California Golden Bears in 2007. He later said, "The biggest thing I remember about that game is the crowd. The crowd noise is crazy up there. Honestly, any other away game I don't really even hear the crowd. Oregon was the only place where it really got on my nerves."
Following the September 6, 2014 game against the Michigan State Spartans, Michigan sports reporter Mike Griffin of MLive.com accused Oregon of piping in artificial noise that contributed to the Ducks' victory over the Spartans.
Since 1990, Don Essig, the stadium's PA announcer since 1968, has declared that "It never rains at Autzen Stadium" before each home game as the crowd chants along in unison. He often prefaces it with the local weather forecast, which quite often includes some chance of showers, but reminds fans that "we know the real forecast..." or "let's tell our friends from (visiting team name) the real forecast..." If rain is actually falling before the game, Essig will often dismiss it as "a light drizzle", or "liquid sunshine" but not actual rain by Oregon standards. Also, because of the use of Autzen Stadium and the University of Oregon campus in National Lampoon's Animal House, the toga party scene of the movie featuring the song "Shout" is played at the end of the third quarter, with the crowd dancing to the song.
Prior to the football team taking the field, a highlight video of previous games is shown on the jumbotron, nicknamed "Duckvision". The last highlight on the clip is almost always Kenny Wheaton's game-clinching 97-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Washington Huskies in 1994. "The Pick" is often seen as the turning point for Oregon football, which went on to the Rose Bowl that year and have enjoyed success for the most part ever since after years of losing records.
After the video, the team takes the field behind a motorcycle with the Oregon Duck riding on back to the strains of Mighty Oregon. This is followed by the north side of the stadium chanting "GO" with the south side chanting "DUCKS!".
After every Duck score and win, a train horn blares. In addition, the Oregon Duck mascot does as many pushups as Oregon has points at that time.
ESPN's College GameDay program came to Eugene for games played in Autzen Stadium six straight years, from 2009 through 2014, the most of any other school during that period. Recently GameDay returned for a seventh time in 2018 against the Stanford Cardinal. Overall, GameDay has made eleven visits to Oregon, most recently in 2022 against the UCLA Bruins, and the Ducks have been a part of 28 GameDay broadcasts, either at Autzen or as a visiting team. Oregon has the eleventh most appearances, posting a 17–11 (.607) record.
Autzen Stadium is the largest sports arena in the state of Oregon. In 1970, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos 23-7 in an exhibition game at Autzen Stadium in front of a crowd of 26,238.
State high school football championship games were played at Autzen Stadium until 2006. It also hosts football camps, coaches' clinics, marching band competitions, and musical concerts.
Nitro Circus Live was held at the stadium in 2016 and 2018.
The Grateful Dead used the stadium as a tour stop ten times between 1978 and 1994, including a 1987 show with Bob Dylan during which a portion of their collaborative live album entitled Dylan & the Dead was recorded.
|Date||Artist||Opening act(s)||Tour / Concert name||Attendance||Revenue||Notes|
|August 8, 1970||Chambers Brothers||American Frog, Buddy Miles, Notary Sojac, Ouroborus||4,500||Benefit for YMCA|
|June 4, 1971||Doobie Brothers||Mother Earth, Ouroborus||Benefit for YMCA|
|June 25, 1978||Grateful Dead, Santana||Eddie Money, The Outlaws||Oregon Music Harvest No. 1||48,713||$512,236|
|July 3, 1981||Blue Öyster Cult||Heart, Loverboy, Pat Travers, The Heat||Oregon Jam 1981||35,000|
|July 25, 1982||Foreigner||Blue Öyster Cult, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Loverboy, Taxxi||Oregon Jam 1982||39,939|
|July 16, 1983||Joan Jett & The Blackhearts||Loverboy, Night Ranger, Quiet Riot, Triumph||Oregon Jam 1983|
|August 21, 1983||Journey||Bryan Adams, Sammy Hagar||Frontiers Tour||24,978|
|July 19, 1987||Grateful Dead & Bob Dylan||Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead 1987 Tour|
|August 28, 1988||Grateful Dead||Jimmy Cliff & Robert Cray||30,000|
|June 22, 23 1990||Grateful Dead||Little Feat||36,000|
|August 21, 22, 1993||Grateful Dead||Indigo Girls||Grateful Dead Summer Tour 1993||43,000|
|June 17,18, 19, 1994||Grateful Dead||Cracker||Grateful Dead Summer Tour 1994|
|May 6, 1997||U2||Rage Against the Machine||PopMart Tour||25,931 / 35,000||$1,293,540|||
|June 30, 2018||Dead & Company||Dead & Company Summer Tour 2018||36,436 / 36,436||$1,921,089|
|June 29, 2019||Garth Brooks||Brooke Eden||The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour||60,000 / 60,000|
It was also used as the location for the fictional Faber College football stadium in the 1978 movie, National Lampoon's Animal House. There is a well-known geographical error made during a scene set inside the stadium when Pacific-10 conference banners can clearly be seen in the background, even though the fictional Faber College is supposed to be located in Tennessee as shown by the state flag in the hearing room for the Delta House probation case.
On July 24, 2016, Autzen Stadium hosted a 2016 International Champions Cup match between Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, which was won by Paris Saint-Germain by a score of 3-1.
|Date||Winning Team||Result||Losing Team||Tournament||Spectators|
|July 24, 2016||Paris Saint-Germain||3–1||Inter Milan||2016 International Champions Cup||24,147|