The parking lot at the east end of the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium will assume a slightly different appearance when the Ducks’ host the Washington Huskies in the 2008 football season opener on Aug. 30.

Due, in part, to the anticipated construction of the school’s new baseball stadium in the northwest corner of the football facility’s primary parking lot, Oregon will take the opportunity to restructure it’s entire parking configuration for football game days. The changes were outlined in a letter sent to all football season ticket-holders and Duck Athletic Fund members from Athletics Director Pat Kilkenny.

The parking reconfiguration is designed to allow football season ticket-holders a chance to alter the location of their reserved donor parking space closer to a preferred entrance/exit, as well as provide donors an opportunity to change locations near other patrons of their choice. In addition, the changes are designed to accommodate as many season ticket-holders as possible while minimizing the effects of an estimated decrease of an estimated 500 parking spaces resulting from the new baseball facility.

All letters mailed to ticket holders and DAF members outlining the new parking policies were accompanied by a football donor parking request form that must be returned to the Athletic Department’s ticket office no later than April 25, 2008 for full consideration. Requests will be filled on a priority-point basis dependent on donations received by April 25.

Patrons with questions or anyone who did not receive a 2008 football donor parking request form are encouraged to call the Duck Athletic Fund Office at (541) 346-5433.

Donor Parking access will be divided into two categories: Reserved Donor Parking (formerly Priority 1) and General Admission Donor Parking (formerly Priority 2).

Highlighting the changes are the following:

  • Reserved Donor Parking provides donors with designated spaces in Autzen Stadium lots, which are reserved regardless of arrival time.
  • General Admission Donor Parking provides donors access to a designated Autzen Parking Lot on a first-come, first-served basis and does not guarantee space availability, with approximately only 400-600 General Admission Donor Parking spaces available.
  • The minimum donation level for Reserved Donor Parking is $3,500 per space for cars, $5,000 per space for Reserved Donor RVs.
  • Requests for GA Donor Parking passes will be filled on a DAF priority point order.
  • Multiple Reserved Donor Parking spaces may be requested based on the following formula 1 parking space per 2 season tickets accompanied by the qualifying donation amount (i.e. - 2 Reserved Donor Car Parking spaces with the purchase of 4 season tickets and a minimum $7,000 donation, etc.).
  • A limit of one GA Donor Parking pass will be allowed per donor account.
  • General Admission Donor Parking for RVs will no longer be available in order to accommodate the largest number of vehicles possible.
  • General Admission Donor Parking pass will no longer be available to Reserved Parking account holders due to limited space availability.

Again, all season ticket-holders and donors must complete a 2008 Football Donor Parking Request Form by April 25, 2008 to ensure that all parking preferences are taken into consideration.

When the decision was made to add baseball to the list of the University’s intercollegiate athletic programs, a commitment was made to utilize existing University property rather than purchase new land. By locating the proposed baseball stadium as part of the existing Autzen Stadium and Casanova Center complex, the Athletics Department is anticipated to benefit from the savings of approximately $3 million, while taking advantage of the amenities already present in the surrounding facilities.

In addition, the new stadium will be utilized as part of the football game-day experience, much like the Moshofsky Center. That will include live music and other festivities, while the video board in the baseball facility will be coordinated to display action inside Autzen Stadium as well as other football games.