EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon’s preparations for the 2011 football season will include a page from 2010 as its final spring scrimmage will again serve as a backdrop to recognize the men and women who serve in our nation’s armed forces, according to the Ducks’ head coach Chip Kelly
The annual Spring Game presented by Bi-Mart, which culminates Kelly’s third year of spring drills as the Ducks’ mentor, will take place during a two-hour window Saturday, April 30, beginning at 1 p.m. in Autzen Stadium, and again is scheduled to be televised nationally on ESPN2.
The festivities will include a two-hour Fan Fest prior to the final intrasquad scrimmage, with the Moshofsky Center opening at 11 a.m. Included in the indoor facility will be live music, interactive games, as well as representation from branches of the nation’s armed services, the Oregon National Guard and the Coast Guard.
“This not only presents a tremendous opportunity for our fans to pay their respects for the sacrifices men and women around the country make every day, but proved to be an eye-opening experience for our players and coaches,” Kelly said. “There were relationships formed from last year’s experience that extended beyond just one afternoon.”
The success of last year’s Spring Game resulted in a record attendance of 25,211 spectators.
Admission for the Spring Game again will be three non-perishable food items, which will be donated to Food for Lane County. The local food bank has benefitted from the donation of more than 20,000 pounds of food from the final spring scrimmage each of the last two years.
Parking in the east Autzen Stadium lots, which will open at 10:30 a.m., will be $5 per automobile, with the Ducks’ Sports Shuttles also operating from select locations.
Much of the pregame, halftime and postgame festivities will include participation from the armed services, including a joint service color guard and ceremonies to honor the men and women from the state and their families for the sacrifices of their time overseas.
Oregon, fresh off its second straight BCS Bowl berth and appearance in the BCS National Championship Game, begins spring practice drills Tuesday, March 29. The Ducks will open the 2011 college football regular season against LSU in the Cowboys Classic on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys Classic will be televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.