Ducks Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Football

Head Coach: Dan Lanning

Team Mascot: The Duck

Year Opened: 1967

Capacity: 54000

City / State: Eugene / Oregon

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Civil War

Rival Team: Oregon State Beavers

the University of Oregon is Oregon State’s fiercest rival as the proximity between the two campuses means many make the trip from Eugene to Corvallis and vice versa. The rivalry is also one of the oldest in college football as the teams have met 114 times since 1894. The winner of each year's matchup takes home the Platypus Trophy, which was lost for 40 years until it was found in 2005. Oregon holds a 60-46-2 series lead and has won the last seven meetings.

Border War

Rival Team: Washington Huskies

The rivalry between Washington and Oregon is one of the most played rivalries in college football having begun in 1900. The rivalry got more heated in 1948 when Washington persuaded the University of Montana to vote for Cal as conference champions over Oregon. Over the years there have been many incidents between the fans with one of the most famous happening in 1962 when Washington fans ran onto the field and tackled Oregon’s Larry Hill to prevent a game-tying touchdown on the last play of the game.

Ducks Tailgate Guide


Oregon’s recent success means that the fans show up early and in substantial numbers to tailgate here in Eugene. You’ll see plenty of people coming over four hours before kickoff to get the best spot and get their pre-game parties started early. The Ducks have sold out the last 100+ games, and it shows when attending an Oregon tailgate as you’ll find the parking lots packed to the brim with fans drinking and eating some of the most delicious food and beer you’ll find in the Pacific Northwest.

The parking lots outside of Autzen Stadium are a sea of green and yellow. If you want to fit in and make friends quickly, then the best way to do so is by donning the green and yellow yourself. The love for the Ducks bonds everyone together at Oregon games creating a great feeling of community. If you’re a fan of the visiting team though you may not feel this camaraderie as Ducks fans, while mostly friendly may throw a few friendly jeers your way.


March to Victory

If you want to get in the Duck spirit head on down to the March to Victory where you’ll be able to cheer on the players, coaches, cheerleaders, band, and the Duck himself as they march to the Oregon locker room. This tradition occurs two hours before kickoff, so join in and get your Ducks game day started off on the right foot.

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Zen North

Before the 2013 season the outside of the north end of the stadium got a makeover that features 474 LED light fixtures, 306 large trees, five giant pyramids, and six miles of irrigation drainage. The pyramid panels each feature a prominent player from Oregon football history, and the pyramids collectively look like a studded dog collar around the stadium. The display even has a line of poles that represent each game played at Autzen; the yellow ones symbolize wins, and the losses are painted with the color of the rival who defeated the Ducks. Check out this great homage to Ducks football before you enter the stadium.

Hall of Champions

Located on the second floor of the Casanova Center, the Hall of Champions showcases the University of Oregon’s greatest athletes, team achievements, and sports moments. The display can be viewed for free and is open four hours before the start of every home football game.

Mo Tailgate Center

The Ed Moshofsky Sports Center opens three hours before kickoff on game day to allow fans the opportunity to take in live radio broadcasts, music, and dance performances. You can also find a wide variety of food, beer, and wine at the Mo Center, so stop by for a drink before entering the stadium.

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Essig Field

Opening up four hours before kickoff Essig Field serves as a food court and beer garden on Ducks game days. Admission is free to everyone, so stop by to grab a few drinks or catch up on all the action going on around college football.

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Where to tailgate

Ducks Stadium Guide

In Game

Autzen Stadium has a reputation for being one of the loudest stadiums in the country and even earned the nickname the Autzen Zoo. The stadium can get so loud in fact that it has recorded noise levels higher than those of a jet engine. When going to a Ducks game be prepared to get loud since to fit in with the crowd you’ll need to bring your vocal chords to the game. Ducks fans love their team, which can be seen by the fact Oregon has a sellout streak that spans over 100 games. When attending your next Oregon football game not only will you be part of the fantastic crowd atmosphere, but you’ll also be part of history as the Ducks look to extend this incredible streak.

The stadium’s steep seats mean that no matter where you sit, you’ll not only be close to the field, but you’ll also have a spectacular view. The sightlines are also great no matter where you’re sitting, so you won’t have to worry about an obstructed view. The design of the stadium also aids in trapping in noise, which helps create one of the loudest and craziest atmospheres in college football. The incredible fan atmosphere along with the great views provided by Autzen Stadium make it a must see for college football fans everywhere.

Things to check out

The Oregon Duck

Affectionately known as Puddles, the Oregon Duck goes all out to entertain the crowd. Puddles get things off with a bang by leading to the Ducks onto the field on a motorcycle. The fun doesn’t stop there though as after each and every score he does a pushup for each point the Ducks have scored. Look for Puddles to put on a great show of his own at a Ducks game.

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A great way to show your support for Oregon is by showing off the “O” gesture. This gesture is created by pressing your forefinger and thumb together to form the shape of an O. The gesture originated as a band cue; however, it has become a popular gesture among fans since a picture of Joey Harrington making the gesture appeared on the front page of the Oregonian in 2001.

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"It Never Rains at Autzen Stadium"

Don Essig has been claiming it never rains at Autzen since 1990 (well after he became the PA announcer in 1968). After giving the weather forecast, Essig and the fans give the “real” forecast together in unison. On the off chance it is raining, Essig calls it a “light drizzle” or “liquid sunshine.” Join in on this great tradition to feel a part of the Autzen crowd.

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Fight Songs

  1. Mighty Oregon

    Official Oregon fight song


    Oregon, our Alma Mater,

    We will guard thee on and on,

    Let us gather ’round and cheer her,

    Chant her glory, Oregon!

    Roar the praises of her warriors,

    Sing the story, Oregon,

    On to vict’ry urge the heroes

    Of our Mighty Oregon!



    Go! Ducks! Go!

    Fight! Ducks! Fight!



    Win! Ducks! Win!


  2. Hey! Go Ducks!

    Hey! Go Ducks!

    Hey! Go Ducks!

    Hey! Go Ducks!

    We’re going to beat the sh*t out of you, you ,you, you, you, you, you.


Ducks Bars & Restaurants

  1. Luckey’s Club


    Relaxed hangout with a chill vibe offering sports on TV & dishing up traditional American classics.

    933 Olive St, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  2. Jackalope Lounge

    Alcoholic Beverages

    Relaxed hangout with a chill vibe offering sports on TV & dishing up traditional American classics.

    453 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  3. Fathoms Bar

    Flying Saucer Draught Emporium Beer

    Underground party basement below Pegasus Pizza on campus

    790 E 14th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $

  4. The Horsehead Bar


    Southern-style pub fare & local beers offered in a warm, sizable space with pool, pinball & a patio.

    99 W Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. The Good Times

    Good Times

    Great food and drinks and a good time.

    375 E 7th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  6. The Flying Squirrel

    Anchor Bar Beer Dega Brewhouse Beer Phoenix Grill & Bar Beer The Canadian Brewhouse Beer Lil Dickys

    Home for good food, drinks, people, Oregon Ducks, Portland Timbers, Portland Trailblazers and Richmond Flying Squirrels.

    49 W 29th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  7. Doc’s Pad

    beer bottles

    Hangout for sports fans with TVs and projection screens, pool tables, arcade games & draft beers.

    710 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  8. Ax Billy Grill & Sports Bar

    Ax Billy bar drinks

    Stepping onto the third floor of the Downtown Athletic Club, patrons of the Ax Billy Grill are greeted by a family friendly dining room and a popular sports bar.

    999 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$$

  9. 6th Street

    Sixth Street beer

    6th Street is THE PLACE where everyone can come and meet, eat and drink whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, sporting events, entertaining out-of-town guests, or celebrating special occasions.

    55 W 6th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. McMenamins East 19th Street Cafe

    Mcmenamins burger

    An old-fashioned wood stove anchors this funky, bohemian hangout with burgers, beers & billiards

    1485 E 19th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. The O Bar


    Pizza, burgers & other bar fare served in a low-key space decorated with Oregon Ducks memorabilia.

    115 Commons Dr, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - pizza - sportsbar - $

  12. The Vintage

    The Vintage

    Cozy American restaurant & wine bar in a converted house serving crêpes & pub grub, plus breakfast.

    837 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  13. Bier Stein

    Bier Stein

    Strives to create a space where friends and fellow beer enthusiasts can gather and enjoy the widest selection of beer in Oregon under one roof.

    1591 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. Hop Valley

    Hop Valley

    Easygoing hangout with patio offering house-brewed beer including one-off specials plus pub grub

    980 Kruse Way, Springfield, OR 97477, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  15. Oakshire

    House of Wings Sportsbar Beer 3rd Base Sports Bar Beer Kilroys Beer

    Our Core, Pilot, and Vintage beer programs allow us to brew an array of beer styles at an extremely high level of quality.

    207 Madison St, Eugene, OR 97402, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  16. Ninkasi Brewing Company


    Brewery focused on local ingredients offering a tasting room, patio seating & regular guided tours.

    272 Van Buren St, Eugene, OR 97402, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  17. Wild Duck Brewery

    Wild Duck

    Festive grill for burgers, bar bites & pasta in spacious digs with sports on the big screen.

    1419 Villard St, Eugene, OR 97403, USA


    Bar website

    american - cafe - $$

  18. The Webfoot Bar & Grill

    The Webfoot

    Convivial hangout featuring pub grub, karaoke & drink specials in a relaxed atmosphere.

    839 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  19. Taylor’s Bar & Grille

    Taylors bar

    Collegial sports-centric haunt with bar food & drink specials, plus shuffleboard, pool tables & DJs.

    894 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  20. Oregon Electric Station


    Restaurant complex with 3 lounges in a 1912 former train station offering American fare & live jazz.

    27 E 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  21. Rennie’s Landing


    Rennie’s Landing features nine specialty beers, two domestics, and 2 Towns hard cider on tap!

    1214 Kincaid St, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  22. Chula’s Restaurant and Cantina

    Chulas nachos

    Our Mexican food is the tastiest. Our chefs offer you perfect cooking - the very best served dishes made with the freshest ingredients.

    610 E Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  23. The Davis Restaurant & Bar

    Davis Restaurant

    Casual corner New American eatery & cocktail bar that becomes a dance club on weekend nights.

    94 W Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  24. Ambrosia Restaurant & Bar

    Ambrosia Restaurant pizza

    Airy place with a 2nd-story balcony, offering basic Italian bites & a lengthy wine list.

    174 E Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$

  25. Ta Ra Rin Thai Cuisine


    Choose from a wide selection of healthy, always-delicious choices. You can be assured that each recipe is tried-and-tested. Be adventurous and try something new.

    1200 Oak St, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $$

  26. Prince Puckler’s Gourmet Ice Cream

    Prince Pucklers

    Uses quality ingredients that you can taste with every lick or spoonful.

    1605 E 19th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  27. Tacovore


    Trendy counter serve for tacos & other Mexican bites, plus draft beer & margaritas.

    530 Blair Blvd, Eugene, OR 97402, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  28. Pegasus Pizza


    Laid-back pizzeria in a former fraternity house with outdoor seating & a full bar in the basement.

    790 E 14th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  29. Cheba Hut

    Cheba Hut

    The menu features over 30 signature sub sandwiches, as well as a variety of Rice Krispy treats, salads and munchies. Most locations also offer craft beer bars that feature local beers from neighborhood breweries.

    339 E 11th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  30. Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria

    Beppe and Giannis

    Italian restaurant & bar in a converted house serving ample plates of fresh pasta & old-world wines.

    1646 E 19th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$

  31. Cornucopia

    Cornucopia burger fries

    Casual American spot serving big burgers & sandwiches in a converted house with a beer garden.

    295 W 17th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  32. Marché


    Polished bistro with French-inspired & Northwest farm-to-table eats, a wood-fired oven & a full bar.

    296 E 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  33. Track Town Pizza

    Imos Pizza Pizza

    It is a favorite spot to grab lunch, have pizza night with the family, or watch the game and enjoy a brew with friends.

    1809 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR 97403, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  34. Glenwood Restaurant

    Glenwood Restaurant

    Laid-back cafe with a leafy patio serving American breakfast fare, sandwiches & burgers.

    1340 Alder St, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - cafe - $$

  35. The Dough Co.


    Awesome place to get a quick fox of Calzones.

    1337 Hilyard St, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    american - pizza - $$

  36. Burrito Boy

    Burrito Boy

    Taqueria focusing on build-your-own burritos & soft tacos in a simple, counter-serve setting.

    510 E Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$