Ducks to Play Spring Football Game in Portland

Feb. 19, 2002

EUGENE - Oregon will hold its annual football Spring Game at Portland's PGE Park beginning at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, April 27, according to a joint announcement Tuesday by the university and Portland Family Entertainment.

Tickets for the Oregon Spring Game go on sale Saturday, March 2, at 9 a.m. At that time, tickets will be made available at PGE Park in addition to all Western Oregon Ticketmaster outlets, including select Fred Meyer and G.I. Joe's locations. Also, tickets may be purchased by phoning Ticketmaster at (503) 224-4400 or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.

'Bringing three big events to PGE Park right out of the gate has been great for sports in Portland,' said Mark Schuster, PFE president. 'Between the Mariners game, the L.A. Galaxy game and now the U of O Spring Game, there's a tremendous buzz about PGE Park. The best thing is that the list of big-time events that we'll be hosting just continues to grow.'

General admission tickets are available for $6.00, while reserved seats are $8.00 and $12.00. A limited number of exclusive $18.00 club seats will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. PFE is also offering a variety of special group packages, including suite rentals and an array of exciting picnic options for Oregon fans eager to get a preview of next year's team.

It marks the second year in a row that the Ducks will have contested their popular Spring Game in the Portland area after playing to a capacity crowd at Hillsboro Stadium in 2001. While the Oregon football program has played its Spring Game in the Portland area on three previous occasions, this year's version marks the first time the game will be played in Portland itself.

This year's final scrimmage will simulate all the activities that normally take place for an Oregon home game, with the Oregon Marching Band, the team's rally squad and the Duck mascot all being in attendance.

'This is a great opportunity for us to offer our fans in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington a chance to witness a game-day experience who might not otherwise have been able to attend an Oregon football game in Eugene,' Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Bill Moos said. 'The fact that it comes at a time when the popularity of our football program has reached an all-time high makes it all the better.

'While the expansion of Autzen Stadium made it necessary to seek a location to hold the Spring Game other than Eugene, we couldn't be happier with the efforts that Portland Family Entertainment has undertaken to bring this event to PGE Park. We have always perceived all of our programs to represent the entire state of Oregon and this provides us the opportunity to thank our many fans by taking our product to them.'

Last year, the Green Team defeated the White Team, 45-6, in the Spring Game that annually brings spring practice to a close.

'It's very exciting for us to welcome coach Mike Bellotti and the Ducks to PGE Park, especially considering the terrific season they had last year,' said Schuster.

Local and national interest in the Oregon football program is at an all-time high after the Ducks' 38-16 win over Colorado in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 1, 2002. After completing the season with an 11-1 record, Oregon sealed its highest ranking in school history by finishing the year as the No. 2-ranked team in the country in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN coaches polls.

Oregon opens its 2002 season on Saturday, Aug. 31, hosting Mississippi State at Autzen Stadium.

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