Fans excited as Autzen video board takes shape

The new $12-million video board at Autzen Stadium still remains under construction.

Posted: Sep 5, 2020 5:22 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The new video board at Autzen Stadium remains under construction. It was originally planned for an August completion date. 

"I'm not surprised that they're not pushing so hard to get this done because the season was postponed or canceled," Daisy Ducks Program Chair Sharla Davis said. "I think that it was a sigh of relief that they could still do it. They could still get it done. But it doesn't have to be by the first of September."

The board is set to be 186-by-66 feet and cost an estimated $12 million which is being funded by private gifts. 

"Ultimately if they have the boosters and the backers to be able to get that large scoreboard in it's a good move for the experience," football fan Jeff Griffin said. 

The current video board is 12 years old, making it nearly the oldest in the Pac-12. 

Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens said the athletic department is in jeopardy of a $50-80 million impact without a college football season. Football generates more than 70 percent of athletic revenue for the university. 

Some fans think the video board could bring in extra money once fans are allowed to return to games.

"Bringing these types of amenities into a football game, if that attracts a couple thousand extra people, that's more money in the pocket to disperse to athletics and academics," Griffen said.

The Pac-12 has stopped all athletic competition until at least January 1. 

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