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Autzen football

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. ... However, attendance at the stadium regularly exceeds 54,000.

Date Opened September 23, 1967
Major Renovation 2002
University of Oregon
(University of Oregon)
Surface FieldTurf
Cost of Construction $2.5 Million
Cost of Renovations $80 Million
Stadium Financing Donations
Stadium Architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Ellerbe Becket
(2002 Renovation)
Capacity 54,000
Luxury Suites 32 Suites
Club Seats Unknown

Mathew Night Arena Basketball

Matthew Knight Arena Facts and Architecture

  • Construction began on February 7th, 2009 and Matthew Knight Arena opened on January 13th, 2011 (Men's Basketball vs. USC)
  • Matthew Knight Arena hopes to be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified Arena in the NCAA. LEED provides standards to recognize Green buildings. A kiosk explaining Matthew Knight Arena's LEED features is located on the main concourse near the West entrance.
  • There are four times as many toilets as in Mac Court with over 130 women's toilets, 65 men's toilets and 4 family toilets.
  • The lower bowl of Matthew Knight Arena is closer to the floor and steeper than Mac Court.
  • Over 50 Point of Sale lines are available to purchase food and beverage in 20 different locations.
  • Over 200 TVs located in the arena and over 100 of these are located throughout the concourses.
  • There are four loading dock bays with room underground to turn a 70' truck 360 degrees.
  • The clean span roof trusses are over 260' long.
  • 1,890 employees worked at the site, each earning a wage during one of the worst economies in Oregon history
  • 330,000 cubic yards of dirt were excavated (that's 30,000 dump truck loads)
  • 50,000 cubic yards of rock
  • 39,000 cubic yards of concrete were poured in the arena and the garage (that's 3,900 mixers full)
  • 4,840 tons (over 9 million lbs.) of reinforcing steel was placed in the concrete
  • 580,000 lbs. of precast concrete forms the seating bowl
  • Over 2,900 tons of structural steel were placed
  • Over 800,000 man hours
  • A nod to the Tall Firs, the nickname of Oregon's National Championship Basketball team in the 1939.
  • A unique perspective looking up from a clearing in the forest that celebrates Oregon's beautiful environment.
  • Kilkenny Floor- A homage to the family of Pat Kilkenny. Three logos represent Heppner, Oregon with the Morrow County Courthouse, an interlocking UO with three shamrocks, and the beach/sunset of San Diego. These images respect the hometown of the Kilkenny's, the Irish Pride and logo of Oregon during Pat's era as a student, and Pat's love of San Diego where he calls home today.
  • Deep in the Woods - Where opponents will find themselves as they play Oregon in this new arena.
  • The Oregon “O” combined with the Matt Arena Logo at center court.
  • Unique letter forms spell out “MATT” in a toothy grin reminiscing Matthew Knight as a child.
  • A smile, and a Japanese-inspired Torii gate shape, (A Torii gate is a symbol of a sacred place in Japanese culture).
  • Curved arena forms that connect the Oregon Graphic Identity with the heroic proportions of the arena architecture.

Two major artworks were commissioned for the Matthew Knight Arena reacting to themes of “pioneer spirit” and “people-powered.”
Towering above the West bowl entrance, Jason Bruges Studio's interactive sculpture captures the energy of the fans and the excitement of the games. The artwork uses motion tracking technology that senses fans passing into the bowl and reacts as their numbers grow. When the game begins, the artwork “watches” the court, and plays an abstracted version in live animated patterns of light on hundreds of yellow and green LCD panels.

A large scale sculptural work referencing “the net” has been installed in the northeast volume of the arena. Artist Janet Echelman, an award winning public artist with significant international commissions, created the project involving intricately knotted netting material, light and subtle movement.

These artworks were made possible through Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Places program, administered by the Oregon Arts Commission.

Matthew Knight Arena is a monument to all of us—our common love for Oregon, and the exciting energy that happens when we all join together to cheer for the Ducks.

Three major displays on the Concourse are the Anthem to the Fan, the Hero Graphics and the Shroud Wall. Each tells different parts of the story. Together, they express our sense of connection and ownership, our unique and proud heritage, our wild passion, and our unrelenting quest for more championships to come. This Land of the Tall Firs is a special place, inhabited by people who care more deeply about a team that fights even harder.

THE ANTHEM TO THE FAN (located in the North entry of the main concourse) is about energy and devotion which embodies the personality and character of the Arena's namesake. Matt Knight's passion for his Ducks was undying. His devotion was resolute. His spirit is representative of every die-hard Ducks fan. His memorial here is an uplifting message that unites us in our love for Oregon and our quest for championship gold. This passion and energy is represented by light, which radiates throughout the arena in various ways.

THE HERO GRAPHIC CORNERS (located in the East and West of the main concourse) offer huge spaces to showcase each team sport that calls the arena home, and highlight the defining moments in their respective program's history.

While there will always be lively debate about who's best, Ron Lee and Bev Smith are undisputed leaders who occupy a special place in the hearts of Ducks fans. Their images share these Hero Graphic corner displays with photos of recent Oregon stars, action shots from their era.

THE SHROUD WALL integrates with the other major display areas on the concourse to welcome and connect us with the familiar.

Think of this Concourse area as a transitional experience that moves the fans into the arena and into the game, with the Shroud Wall working as a canvas for a continuum story that both celebrates the heritage of Oregon athletics and further expresses the sense of energy, excitement and activity emanating from the arena.

The players, teams and historical moments illustrated on the Shroud Wall continuum story are not in strict chronological order, but suggest a progression from the past to the present, and the evolution of our continuing championship quest. Interwoven into this collage are expressions of light, energy and our home in the Land of the Tall Firs—along with resonant and inspirational stanzas of our Mighty Oregon fight song.

Hayward track & Field stadiums

Hayward Field History

In its 100-year history, Hayward Field has become the nation's most storied track and field venue

Hayward Field has been the home of legends since its inception. Named for one of track and field's most innovative early coaches, by the time the first grandstand was built in 1925, the University of Oregon had already produced two All-Americans and won a Pacific Coast Conference title.

Every passing season has brought changes, but the two constants have been excellence and accolades. More USA Olympic Track and Field Trials and NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted than any other venue; more “World's Greatest Athlete” titles bestowed upon decathlon world record breakers than at any other venue; and more incredible performances than you could name in the time it took Pre to run a mile.

Hayward Field Renovation
Fact Sheet

Hayward Field at the University of Oregon will be a world-class track and field facility when it is complete in 2020. The reimagined stadium will give athletes—including the UO's outstanding student athletes—an unparalleled stage on which to push the limits of what is possible while providing the ultimate fan experience—a theater for track with comfortable seats, in-stadium amenities, amazing sight lines and intimacy to the competitors.

Departmental Mission

The University of Oregon Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will provide an outstanding collegiate experience to our student-athletes while enabling them to pursue excellence in the classroom, the community and their lives while competing at the highest level in their chosen sport.

Our department is committed to the following principles:

  • Strive to recruit student-athletes who are academically prepared and make every effort to help each meet their academic commitments.
  • Provide academic support services so that our student-athletes will receive the best educational experience, including obtaining their degree.
  • Create a supportive family atmosphere where student-athletes feel connected to their peers, the community and the University.
  • Ensure that student-athletes will become responsible, contributing citizens through career counseling, development of life skills and community service opportunities.
  • Provide facilities and medical staff to enhance the physical fitness and wellness of all student-athletes.
  • Require all members of our department to demonstrate and promote the highest standards of integrity, leadership, sportsmanship, ethical behavior and a true respect for equity and diversity.
  • Maintain a quality comprehensive intercollegiate athletic program that is self-sufficient and self-sustaining in harmony with the mission and goals of the University.
  • Operate in accordance with all rules and regulations set by the University, the PAC-12 Conference and the NCAA.


More than a century of athletic heritage is the focal point behind the recognition of some of the University of Oregon's greatest athletic immortals of all time with the founding of Oregon's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.

Spearheaded by former director of athletics Bill Byrne, the formation of the Hall was established to permanently honor athletes, coaches and administrators who have been a part of the University's rich athletic heritage over the course of decades. The select few who are elected for induction represents the very best the University of Oregon has to offer and who have brought honor to themselves and teammates. Each spring the selection committee reviews the candidates, with all nominees' eligibility for induction commencing 10 years following their departure from the University.

Plaques honoring each of the inductees and their achievements are permanently displayed as part of the University's Hall of Champions, located on the second floor of the Len Casanova Athletic Center.

The athletic showcase is open to the public free of charge weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Twenty-seven individuals and three teams were included among the Hall of Fame's inaugural class of inductees in 1992.

Oregon's Autzen Stadium

About Autzen

Autzen Stadium at a Glance

Trivia: Served as Faber College Football Stadium in the 1978 movie, National Lampoon's Animal House.

Oregon's Autzen Stadium, consistently ranked among the nation's top 10 venues to watch a college football game, only got better in 2002.

Originally was completed for a remarkable bargain of approximately $2.5 million in 1967, the facility underwent a $90 million facelift prior to the 2002 season that not only added 12,000 seats and 32 luxury boxes to the stadium's south-side skyline, it improved the amenities that allows spectators to enjoy a better game-day experience in one of the loudest collegiate stadiums in the country. 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 history of Autzen Stadium is rich. Former Athletic Director Leo Harris was successful in spearheading the drive to construct a modern and economical football theater to replace historic Hayward Field. Named in honor of Portland lumberman, sportsman and philanthropist Thomas J. Autzen, the stadium is situated on a 90-acre site adjacent to the north bank area of Eugene's Alton Baker Park. The site is north of the Willamette River and is approximately one-quarter mile north of the main campus, easily accessible by a scenic footbridge.

Following Oregon's first outright Pacific-10 Conference championship, the athletic department named the playing surface of Autzen Stadium after its winningest football coach of all time Rich Brooks in 1995.

Autzen's natural grass playing surface underwent it's first facelift in 1969 with the installation of its first artificial turf. The surface was replaced in 1976 and a new covering of OmniTurf was installed before the 1984 campaign. The field was replaced with a OmniTurf surface prior to the 1991 season. In 2001, Ducks played on NexTurf before upgrading its surface to FieldTurf in 2002, which has polyethylene and polypropylene fibers designed to resist extreme temperature and weather conditions.

The skyline of Autzen Stadium also was first improved in 1981 with the addition of the Barker Stadium Club behind the east end zone. The facility provided the stadium with additional meeting space and functional surroundings for pre-game activities prior to subsequent improvements.

One of the most significant improvements in the history of the athletics department was completed in time for the start of the 1988 season. The press box along the north rim of the stadium was relocated to the south side to make room for the $2.3 million three-story skysuite complex. The project included the construction of 11 individual sky boxes along with a 460-seat master skysuite, with the revenue generated from the leases serving as the cornerstone for financing of the construction of the Len Casanova Athletic Center.

A $4 million MegaVision four-color video display scoreboard was added to the skyline in 1998. Measuring 88 feet by 56 feet at its extreme points, the structure almost doubled the size of the previous scoreboard.

In the first game played at Autzen Stadium, nationally ranked Colorado defeated Oregon, 17-13, on Sept. 23, 1967, before a regional television audience. The program recorded its first win in the stadium that same season on Oct. 21 vs. Idaho, 31-6.


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