Named after Oregon's longtime football coach and athletic director, the Casanova Center provides the football program with its largest improvement prior to the completion of the Moshofsky Sports Center.
Oregon also has improved its entire general operations with the housing of its entire staff on the second level of the facility since its opening during the summer of 1991.
Serving as the cornerstone of the 102,000 square foot facility is the expanded locker room for football and weight room accomodations for all sports. The cost of the two-story structure, which was formally dedicated on Sept. 27, 1991, exceeded $12 million and the entire Autzen improvement project hit nearly $18 million at its conclusion.
The completed locker room is almost four times the size of the previous facility. The project's lower level also includes a modern medical treatment area, practice accomodations for wrestling and equipment facilities for football and wrestling.
The upper floor contains offices for all of the department.s coaches and administrators, conference rooms,audio/visual studios and exhibit and exposition centers for the university as well.
The Pittman Room is furnished with kitchen facilities and is utilized during the season for training table where the football player can enjoy the evening meal before departing the football complex.
The capacity of Autzen Stadium was increased to 41,698 with the construction of sky boxes and the master skysuite atop the north rim of Autzen Stadium and was a part of the beginning of the Autzen improvements. The three-tiered building was accompanied by a new press box constructed under the roof on the south side of the facility.
Ten corporate boxes, seating as many as 21 persons each, are leased for $30,000 per year for three years, plus a two-year option. Individual seating in the 350-seat master skysuite is available at $1,250 each.
The revenue from the sky boxes and master skysuite, projected to surpass $800,000 per year, was utilized to finance the construction of the Casanova Center along with sale of covered sponsor seats and gift-in-kind and cash contributions.