Intimidating college football stadium
This stands as the second largest crowd for a sporting event in the state of Oregon.The 1993 Budwieser GI Joes 200 had 63,000 on race day.
Opened with natural grass in 1967, the field was switched to Astro Turf and lights were added for its third season in 1969.In 1967, Oregon hosted Colorado in the first game played at Autzen Stadium, a 17–13 loss before 27,500 on September 23.The stadium alternates with Oregon State's Reser Stadium as host of the Civil War game.From 1997 to 2001, the Ducks had a 23-game home winning streak at Autzen Stadium, which ended with a 49–42 loss to Stanford.The stadium is located just north of the Willamette River, next to Alton Baker Park.In 2007, the large yellow "O" was added onto the south end of the stadium exterior when ESPN's College Game Day was on location.
That season, "Gameday" originated two of its Saturday shows from Eugene.
In 2008, a new, 33-by-85-foot (10 by 26 m) high-definition LED scoreboard and replay screen—known as Duck Vision or "Duckvision 2.0"—was installed; it replaced the original video screen installed prior to the 1998–1999 football season. In 2010, the field was replaced with new Field Turf that featured the new Pac-12 logo (even before the logo was officially revealed to the public).
During the process, the crown was removed to make the field flat.
It's louder than any place I’ve ever been, and that includes The Swamp at Florida, The Shoe in Columbus, and Death Valley at Louisiana State. Jahvid Best, a former starting running back for the Detroit Lions, visited Autzen while playing for the California Golden Bears in 2007.
He later said, "The biggest thing I remember about that game is the crowd. Honestly, any other away game I don't really even hear the crowd.
Opened 50 years ago in 1967, the stadium has undergone several expansions. Prior to 1967, the Ducks' on-campus stadium was Hayward Field, which they shared with the track and field team.