EUGENE, Ore. — More than a thousand tickets are still available the Duck football game Saturday against Fresno State. That means the team’s 83-game sellout streak is on the line.
Fans who have been to games at Autzen since the ’60s say there was a time when the stadium was half full and selling out wasn’t the standard it’s become.
The last time the Duck fans didn’t fill up Autzen was back in 1999. Oregon beat Nevada 72-to-10 that day. Then the next game the Ducks played USC in an unforgettable game.
“We beat USC 33-30 in triple-overtime night game, which was really exciting and it was packed in there,” said Autzen announcer Don Essig.
Essig says that’s when the sellout began.
Eighty-three games later, the Ducks are still selling out, but this season’s first two games are proving to be a challenge.
Some blame the ticket price increase and the economy. Tickets back in the ’90s cost $27 for a single game compared to $66 now. And even though the last game was labeled a sellout, fans still saw empty seats.
Managers say it’s an industry standard that as long as there are no pairs left to be sold, and only single spots available, the game will be announced a sellout.