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Ducks Add PK Park Experience to Football Game-Day Fun
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 08/30/2010
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College football fans will have more options of activities to explore as part of each of the University of Oregon’s six home games during the upcoming 2010 season with the announcement that PK Park has been added to the list of venues that will host spectators who want to become a part of the Ducks’ game-day experience, accord-ing to Senior Associate Athletics Director Joe Giansante.

And the best part of the opportunity is that fans won’t need a ticket to the adjacent Oregon football game to enjoy the game-day atmosphere - admission is free of charge.

The baseball park will open four hours prior to kickoff of every Oregon home football game, and remain open 30 minutes after its conclusion. It will offer fans pre-game entertainment, a full food and beverage menu throughout the ball park, appearances by the Oregon cheerleaders and Duck mascot, as well as the Eugene Emeralds mascot, Sluggo. Members of school’s intercollegiate athletic teams also will be on hand to sign auto-graphs for fans every game as well as participate in instructional exhibitions and competitions.

The Ducks’ women’s soccer and volleyball teams will be on hand to sign autographs, as well as hand out free ticket vouchers for future contests, to fans prior to Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. football game against New Mexico. Oregon’s baseball team, which advanced to the NCAA regional finals in only their second year of play following a 27-year absence, will stage an intrasquad game  and sign autographs prior to the Sept. 18 game vs. Portland State.

Other college football games of interest will be shown on the PK Park video board prior to the start of the Ducks’ home contests, followed by the transmission of the Oregon game once it begins. Fans will be asked to stay off the field and can enjoy the festivities from any one of the 3,500 seats in the park.

Giansante said the utilization of the “PK Park Experience” as part of football game-day festivities not only would be convenient for those fans parking near the east end of Autzen Stadium but also will cater to those who may not be able to obtain tickets to the game itself.

Oregon enters the 2010 football season boasting of 68 consecutive sellouts in Autzen Stadium.

“We want Oregon football games to be an event that everyone can be a part of,” Giansante said. “This increases the tailgating opportunities for all fans, whether they drive to the game, park on campus or ride the Sports Shuttles. It also increases the opportunities for our fans to interact with our student-athletes from all of our outstanding athletics programs and provides some with a chance to enjoy one of the most exciting colle-giate game-day atmospheres in the country.”

The Moshofsky Center also will offer fans a pre-game and halftime tailgating venue on the west end of Autzen Stadium, and will open three hours prior to kickoff. The indoor facility will offer live music, a variety of food and beverage selections that differ from what’s available inside the stadium, and a chance to greet the Oregon football players and coaches as they take part in their traditional March to Victory.

The Autzen Stadium parking lot at the east end of the facility will again open four hours prior to kickoff, while the LTD Sports Shuttles also will begin operation four hours before game time from seven Park-&-Ride loca-tions throughout the Eugene-Springfield area.

Round-trip fare to and from the stadium is $5 per game, with a special of only $3 offered to riders who depart from the Eugene LTD station or the Lane County Fairgrounds. An $18 season pass may be purchased online at www.ltd.org.

Secured bicycle parking also will be available for each home game for $1 per bicycle, and is supervised by the Active 20-30 Club. The Duck Pen is located between the Science Factory and the Autzen Footbridge near the south entrance to the stadium, and will be open from three hours prior to kickoff until one hour after the end of the game.


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