Eugene, Ore. – Oregon Duck fans will have to wait a while longer to fill the stands at Autzen Stadium.
The Oregon football program announced per release Tuesday that fans will now not be allowed access inside Autzen Stadium for the program’s Spring Game on May 1st.
Lane County (home to the University of Oregon and its athletic facilities) and 14 other counties in the state have been moved to Extreme Risk by the Governor’s office.
Earlier this month the Oregon football program invited fans to watch a team practice and scrimmage. It was the first time fans had been allowed entry to Autzen since November 2019. During this event, the program announced fans would be allowed at the Spring Game.
Originally, the event was supposed to host 15% of the stadium’s 54,000 capacity, including boosters, season ticket holders and a handful of students.
Oregon football’s Spring Game has been a popular event in recent history, as it has been a stage for new players to shine, alumni to be welcomed home and as one of the premier recruiting days of the year.
Tickets were made available on Sunday April 25, just two days before the announcement that fans were no longer allowed entry. Any claimed tickets will not be accepted.
According to the New York Times, Lane County has seen an increase of Covid-19 cases by 30% in the last 14 days. In total there have been 59 cases on average, or 16 cases per 100,000 people and 12 hospitalizations daily.
Since March of 2020, the University alone has been linked to 1,429 cases of COVID-19.
Despite the subtraction of fans the Oregon Spring Game will still take place this Saturday at 2:00pm PT. and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
Below is the official release from the University of Oregon football program.
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