Letter To Oregon Fans On Updated Home Events Protocols
Dear Oregon Fans:
Thank you for your support of Oregon Athletics, and thank you so much for your patience and understanding as the University works with local and state health authorities to ensure the safest environment possible for our home athletic events this fall. After a long 22 months, you will have the opportunity to cheer on the Ducks in person when we open up our volleyball and soccer home events in August and kick off our football season on Sept. 4 against Fresno State.
Today's announcement from the University of Oregon Incident Management Team, in consultation with public health authorities, outlines several health and safety practices and protocols for university events and activities, including all athletic events. You can review the full University announcement here.
The health and safety of you, our student-athletes and our staff will always be the top priority for Oregon Athletics. As we head towards our first athletic events, we want you to be aware of several changes to the normal gameday experience at Autzen Stadium, Matthew Knight Arena and other athletic venues. These changes include new health and safety protocols developed in consultation with local health authorities, as well as the use of new technologies that will improve the gameday experience.
With the exception of mobile ticketing, all new health and safety protocols enacted as a result of the continued presence of COVID-19 will be evaluated on a weekly basis in consultation with—and with direction from—local public health authorities and the UO Incident Management Team.
· Beginning Aug. 23, all fans ages 12 and older planning to attend games at any UO sporting event will need to show proof of vaccination, including a CDC-issued Vaccination Record Card (or photo of the card) and corresponding identification, to gain entry.
· For those 12 and older who cannot provide proof of vaccination, documentation of a negative test taken within three days of the event will also be accepted. Please visit the following link from the UO Incident Management Team for details on how to meet this requirement.
· Fans under 12 are not subject to proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 test, but must be fully masked at all times within Oregon Athletic venues, except when actively eating or drinking.
· Information on how to find a COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon can be found by visiting: https://govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine
· The following link provides information on where to take a test for COVID-19: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-19-testing
· All guests ages 5 and over are required to wear face coverings in all areas of all athletics venues, per direction from Lane County Public Health.
· Beginning this season, fans will utilize the ease and convenience of mobile tickets via the GoDucks Gameday App presented by Pepsi. Physical event tickets will no longer be printed.
· For those who do not have the GoDucks Gameday app, you can download your tickets here.
· Step-by-step instructions and a how-to video can be found at goducks.com/mobiletickets.
· To manage your tickets on a game-by-game basis, ticketholders have the ability to transfer or resell through the GoDucks Gameday App, or visit https://am.ticketmaster.com/oregonducks/#/. For any questions please call: 541-346-4461 or email: email@example.com.
· Gates to Autzen Stadium and the seating bowl will now open two hours prior to the scheduled kickoff. Doors into Matthew Knight Arena and other athletic venues will open one hour prior to the scheduled event. To avoid congestion at the entry, as wait times entering the stadium will be longer than normal with updated health and safety protocols, fans are encouraged to arrive early.
· The Moshofsky Center will be closed to fans for the Fresno State game. As with all other health and safety protocols, this will be evaluated on a weekly basis.
· The McArthur Club will be closed until further notice. All fans must use the main arena concourse to get to their seats.
Clear Bag Policy
· The clear bag policy at all athletic venues remains in effect. As a reminder, fans may bring in one clear bag no larger than 12" x 6" x 12" or a one-gallon plastic storage bag. Fans are limited to one clear bag per person, along with a small clutch or purse for privacy.
· Autzen Stadium parking lots will be open four hours prior to kickoff.
· For events at Matthew Knight Arena, the parking garage on 13th Avenue will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the athletic event. Depending on availability, parking can be purchased at the garage entrance for $10.
· As many other businesses are experiencing, supply chain issues may necessitate limited concession stands and menus.
· Water stations on the Autzen Stadium concourse will continue to be available.
· Fans may continue to bring prepackaged food and sealed, non-alcoholic, non-glass beverage containers into athletic venues.
Autzen Stadium Shuttles
· Unlike in past years, Lane Transit District (LTD) is unable to provide Autzen Shuttle service this season. You can still ride LTD to the UO and then walk to the stadium from campus. Check out LTD bus schedules at https://www.ltd.org/maps-stations-routing/.
· First Student has jumped in and will operate the Autzen Shuttle for the 2021 Duck Football Season from three Park and Ride locations: Valley River Center, Lane Events Center, and Pacific Source. Autzen Shuttle remains $5 per roundtrip, but cash is not accepted. Shuttle passes may be purchased at https://am.ticketmaster.com/oregonducks/fbduckexpress.
· Shuttles will begin operating three hours prior to kickoff and return to the Park and Ride locations will be offered at halftime and at the conclusion of the game.
Autzen Stadium East Video Board
· The fan experience will be greatly enhanced by the new, state-of-the-art video board and audio system on the East end of Autzen Stadium. The main video screen is 186' x 66', and there is an additional video screen on the back of the new video board that faces PK Park and parking lots on the East side. Additional pregame safety messaging may be posted on this screen.
As a reminder, the additional health and safety protocols detailed above will be evaluated on a weekly basis and are subject to change, at the direction of the UO Incident Management Team and local public health authorities. Fans will be notified immediately when adjustments are made to any of these health and safety protocols.
Having your passion safely back to Oregon Athletic venues this fall has been highly anticipated and we appreciate you creating the best home field advantage in all of college football. Thank you for your support and Go Ducks!