Ducks Announce Transportation Plan

EUGENE – The University of Oregon opens its 2012 football season Saturday vs. Arkansas State with a continued emphasis on numerous transportation alternatives designed to ease the traffic flow to and from Autzen Stadium. Kickoff for Saturday's season opener is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Despite multiple construction projects surrounding the stadium complex, there are no changes to pre- and post-game traffic management. Fans are encouraged to leave for the stadium early and to take advantage of alternate transportation options.

Parking lots within the confines of the Autzen Stadium complex again will open four hours prior to kickoff, with overnight parking not available. Parking lots outside of the stadium footprint are managed by independent vendors and are subject to their own regulations in regards to hours of operation.

Vehicles eligible to utilize the disabled parking areas not only will be required to display the mandatory disabled parking placards, proper identification from the individual who has registered the disabled parking placard also will be required.

Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the Duck Express Sports Shuttles to and from Autzen Stadium. Eight Park-and-Ride locations will be available throughout the Eugene-Springfield area. The shuttles begin operation four hours before kickoff and will run every 10 to 20 minutes. Return trips are available only during halftime as well as immediately following the conclusion of the game, and extending for 60 minutes.

Park-and-Ride Locations are:

LTD Eugene Station
Lane County Fairgrounds
South Eugene High School (19th & Patterson)
Valley River Center (Northwest parking lot)
LTD River Road Station
LTD Springfield Station
Thurston High School

The round-trip fare is $6 and collected at pre-game boarding. Riders also may purchase a $25 season pass at the Athletics Department Ticket Office, located in the northeast corner of the Moshofsky Center, or at LTD Customer Service at the Eugene Station.

Fans also are encouraged to take advantage of the secured bicycle parking compound south of Autzen Stadium for only $1 per bicycle. The Duck Pen opens three hours prior to kickoff and extends until one hour following the conclusion of the game.

Among the changes this year intended to enhance the fans' game-day experience is the implementation of the University's ban of the use of all tobacco products on property owned or controlled by the University of Oregon. The campus-wide policy, which goes into effect on Sept. 1, applies to all buildings, athletics and entertainment facilities, sidewalks, roadways, parking lots and grounds. The decision was made to reduce the risks of second-hand smoke exposure and to provide a healthier environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors, including spectators in Autzen Stadium.

The perimeter gates surrounding Autzen Stadium, which includes access into the Moshofsky Center, will open three hours prior to kickoff, as will the ticket office on the south side of Autzen Stadium near the main entrance.

The Mo Center again will provide fans with an indoor tailgating experience, complete with food and beverage, as well as live music through the first three quarters of the game.

Fans will be allowed into the stadium bowl 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

Helping ease the fans' egression in and out of Autzen Stadium is the addition of stairs at the east and west ends of the facility, which will allow spectators improved access to and from the lower perimeter and mezzanine levels.

Once again, bags and backpacks will be permitted into Autzen Stadium upon inspection by security personnel at points of entry. Factory sealed non-alcoholic beverages and empty plastic containers also will be allowed into the stadium. However partially filled plastic containers and vacuum or insulated containers (i.e. thermoses) will not be permitted into the stadium. Patrons will be asked to empty the contents of non-sealed containers before entry into Autzen Stadium is allowed.

As instructed by the Pac-12 Conference, fans are again asked to wait for 5 minutes following the conclusion of the game before entering the field to exit the stadium.

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