By Rob Moseley
Oregon’s streak of 89 straight sellouts in Autzen Stadium is in jeopardy two weeks out from the Ducks’ 2013 opener.
The UO football team, ranked No. 3 in the preseason USA Today coaches’ poll and AP poll of media, will host Nicholls on Aug. 31. As of late Friday, around 3,500 tickets remained for sale.
The Ducks have sold out every game in Autzen since Sept. 18, 1999. Only Nebraska (325), Notre Dame (231) and Virginia Tech (99) have longer confirmed active sellout streaks.
“The streak is something our fans take pride in, and it would be a shame to see it end at the start of a new chapter in Oregon football history,” UO senior associate athletic director Craig Pintens said.
Oregon faced a similar situation a year ago, when around 5,000 tickets remained two weeks before the 2012 opener against Arkansas State. In both cases, a relatively small allotment for the visiting team and a smaller-than-usual student section contributed to the deficit.
A late rush of student sales and the use of a Groupon deal allowed for the streak to continue for that game.
The difference this year is that tickets to see the Ducks face Nicholls are priced at $34. Arkansas State tickets last year were $66, and seats to see the Ducks face Tennessee Tech, like Nicholls a member of the FCS, were $39.
“We feel like we put it at the right price point for our fans, based on the opponent, the time of year and feedback about recent prices,” Pintens said.
During the conference season, opponents can request an allotment of 2,000 seats, and typically use between 1,000 and 1,500. Nicholls, however, is using only about 400 seats. And when school is in session, more than 5,400 seats are set aside for students, while only two sections, or about 3,000 seats, are reserved for students at this time of year.
Combine the two deficits, and there’s the 3,500 tickets standing between Oregon and another sellout of Autzen. It’s a problem UO fans didn’t create, but one the Ducks hope their fans can help overcome.
Fans can click here to buy tickets to see the Ducks face Nicholls.