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Autzen Sellout Streak on the Line

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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.

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  1. Oregon Ducks fan says:

    Why can’t they give them to one of the homeless shelters, teen homeless centers, maybe even to people in a line who can’t afford the full rate? I bet many would love to have a single seat. Others, with paid seats, might even move over to allow two people to sit together. My children probably will never be able to attend a game. Even though we are middle class, weare a large, adoptive famiy, we don’t have money to buy tickets. I would love to have some of those tickets, but I might walk around the park, and give some to people who feel alone in this world (I know they wouldln’t feel alone at the games). This might even discover they can be a valued part of our community…the goodness could spread, as they might share something with someone else. Even a smile can brighten up the day for a high income person who lives with depression, or someone who has difficulties at home or work. Little by little, the growing number of people who decide they want to be a real part of the community, will pick up trash as they walk around, or help someone carry their groceries…some of my children are differently abled…my son, Joshua, who has Down’s Syndrome, he will help anyone, even the person who just made fun of the way he speaks, or the way he walks, but he brings joy and love to so many people in our community.

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