Ducks preparing for empty stadiums

Oregon coaches labeled the advantages and disadvantages of not having fans in the stands this season.

Posted: Oct 23, 2020 5:33 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2020 5:46 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon will hold its second fall scrimmage on Saturday at Autzen Stadium. 

Without fans in the stands the team scrimmages are the closest thing to what the players will experience during the season.

"For us, that challenge every single day is to bring that positive energy and positive juice from our leadership and to handle the situations," Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos said. 

Avalos says the Ducks have been pumping in a small amount of crowd noise and running the new, giant scoreboard in practice to simulate what game days will be like. 

One advantage the Ducks will have without fans is the ability to communicate on the field. Avalos said the Ducks are used to operating without being able to hear each other. 

Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead says although Autzen Stadium's crowd atmosphere is one of the best in the country, there are some advantages to having games without fans, especially on the road.

"From a home game perspective, obviously, if things aren't communicated and there's not a crowd roaring you're going to be able to yell out things on the sideline and the kids will be able to hear them," Moorhead said. "For road games, you're not challenged with some of the stuff like the crowd getting cranked up on a third down and having to use a certain cadence or a certain level of communication."

Oregon opens it season on November 7 at home against Stanford.

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