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Eugene Gets Ready for Ducks Spring Game

autzenEUGENE, Ore. — In less than 24 hours, the Ducks will be taking on the Ducks.

The annual spring game is Saturday. While it’s not a season game, it still always draws a crowd.

The Oregon Athletic Department says it’s a great opportunity to get inside Autzen Stadium and witness a true community event.

Not only is it a chance for Duck fans to get a sneak peek at next year’s team, but they’ll also be recognizing military personnel at the game.

And, it’s also a way for folks to help out their neighbors in need. The event also serves as FOOD For Lane County’s second biggest fundraiser of the year. For the ninth year in a row, fans are asked to donate at least three cans of non-perishable food to get in to the game.

“They’re expecting upwards of 40,000 (people) tomorrow. So we’ve got literally tons and tons of food. We’re expecting 70,000 pounds of food, and that really sets us up for the summer, which is a really slow time for food drives,” said Brad Bassi, Food Resource Developer.

Also, if you’re trying to avoid getting stuck in any traffic, use the free shuttles to and from the game. They’ll be stationed at South Eugene High School and the northwest parking lot of Valley River Center starting at 9 a.m.

Traffic might not be the only thing you want to avoid. The Eugene Police Department says it will partner with other law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving, both because of the spring game and Cinco de Mayo weekend.

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