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Fans excited to return to Autzen

Oregon football fans were able to watch the Ducks in person for the first time in more than a year.

Posted: Apr 17, 2021 6:05 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2021 9:08 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A limited number of fans filed into Autzen Stadium to watch Oregon football's scrimmage on Saturday. 

It was the first time since November 2019 that Ducks fans were able to watch the team in person due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

"It is absolute jubilation," Oregon alum Mark Sturdivan said.

It wasn't the Autzen Stadium atmosphere most fans are used to.

Those in attendance had to follow health and safety protocols, wear a mask and socially distance in the crowd. 

However the event gave fans a sample of what could happen this fall.

"It's been a long road it seems like to get where we're at now," Travis Bass said.

Travis and his wife Angie are the parents of Ducks' offensive lineman TJ Bass.

It was the first time the Bass family was able to see their son play at Autzen Stadium since transferring to the program last year.

"This is what is hopefully leading up to the fall so we can be here," Angie Bass said.

Fans also got to glimpses of what the new defense could look like under defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.

They were also able to see different quarterbacks in action such as graduate senior Anthony Brown and highly-touted freshman Ty Thompson. 

"As long as we get to a bowl game that's all I care about," longtime Ducks fan Alex Bet said. "I think we should pull off pretty well this season."

Oregon will allowed up to 15 percent capacity for fans in the annual spring football game scheduled for 2 P.M. on May 1 in Autzen Stadium.

Information on how to reserve tickets will be released the week of the game. 

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