Benefitting Local Food Bank and Honoring GIs.

The Ducks’ two-hour Bi-Mart Spring Game, presented by Oregon Community Credit Union, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in Autzen Stadium, culminating the program’s 15 spring practices under third-year head coach Mark Helfrich.

EUGENE – The University of Oregon’s annual Spring Game will kick off an afternoon of activities surrounding Autzen Stadium, showcasing the Ducks’ final football scrimmage Saturday, May 2. Admission to the Spring Game will be three non-perishable food items, which will be donated to Food for Lane County.

The scrimmage also will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks and broadcast on select Oregon IMG Sports Network radio affiliates, including KUJZ in Eugene (95.3 FM), KXTG and WBLM in Portland (750 AM and 102.9 FM), KWRO in Coos Bay (630 AM), KORV in Lakeview (93.5 FM), and Tunein Radio via the Ducks’ official website, www.goducks.com.

Adding to the festivities will be the Ducks’ baseball team, which entertains Stanford at 2 p.m. in PK Park, while the No. 2 nationally-ranked Oregon women’s softball team also will be in action on campus as it hosts 18th-ranked California at 3:30 p.m. at Howe Field.

Below is a timeline for the day’s activities:

· 8:30 a.m. – East Autzen Stadium parking lot opens
· 9:00 a.m. – Sports Shuttles begin from Valley River Center and South Eugene HS (19th and Patterson)
· 9:00 a.m. – Moshofsky Center and Mo Plaza open
· 10:00 a.m. – Autzen Stadium gates open to the public · 11:00 a.m. – Spring Game kickoff
· 11:00 a.m. – PK Park ticket office opens (North Ticket Building)
· 1:00 p.m. – PK Park gates open to the public
· 1:30 p.m. – Final shuttle buses return to Sports Shuttle Park-and-Ride locations
· 2:00 p.m. – Oregon baseball vs. Stanford
· 2:30 p.m. – Howe Field gates open to the public
· 3:30 p.m. – Oregon softball vs. California

For the sixth year in a row, the spring’s final scrimmage will provide the backdrop for the recognition of the nation’s armed services. Most of the pregame, halftime and postgame festivities will include participation from various branches of the military, including a joint service color guard and ceremonies to honor the men and women from the state and their families for the sacrifices of their time overseas, as well as a halftime flag-folding ceremony.

To commemorate the occasion, Nike is expected to unveil the uniforms to be worn by the two teams on Friday, which also will appear on www.goducks.com.

Following the conclusion of the Spring Game, all Oregon players will give their jerseys to approximately 100 uniformed men and women representing all branches of the military during a post-game ceremony in the middle of the field.

Food For Lane County

In addition to offering the first glimpse of the school’s 2015 football team, the Spring Game also will provide the opportunity to help replenish the county’s local food bank. Fans are asked to contribute three non-perishable food items per admission, with the proceeds to be donated to Food for Lane County. Last year’s Spring Game resulted in the accumulation of more than 54,845 pounds of food and approximately $1,664 donated to the county food bank.

Military Appreciation

A limited number of free tickets to Saturday afternoon’s Oregon baseball game vs. Stanford will be available to service personnel with the accompaniment of their military ID. Tickets will be available at the Autzen Stadium North Ticket Building, beginning at 11 a.m.

In addition, the Duck Store will donate $1 from the sale of selected merchandise from all Duck Store locations while supplies last to the Veterans Housing Project (VHP).

The VHP provides safe and affordable housing to assist men and women transitioning back into the Eugene/Springfield community upon returning from their deployment.

Transportation

Those in attendance for Saturday’s Spring Game are encouraged to take advantage of free Sports Shuttles to and from Autzen Stadium, with departures from South Eugene High School (19th and Patterson) and the northwest parking lot of Valley River Center beginning at 9 a.m. Buses will continue to transport fans to Autzen Stadium until the start of the scrimmage and will return to the Park-and-Ride locations immediately after the conclusion of the game for a minimum of 30 minutes. The shuttles will not run continuously to and from the stadium during the expected two hours the game is in progress, and will not be available for spectators planning to remain for Oregon’s baseball game.

Parking

Spectators driving to any of the events are encouraged to arrive early and car pool as much as possible. The Autzen Stadium east parking lot will open at 8:30 a.m. for a cost of $5 per vehicle. In addition, parking in many of the privately-managed properties surrounding the stadium are expected to be open for game-day parking opportunities.

Traffic Flow

Standard traffic control patterns and enforcement in effect during regular-season Oregon football home games will be utilized for traffic exiting the Autzen Stadium vicinity following the scrimmage. Motorists traveling northbound over the Ferry Street Bridge will not be allowed to turn eastbound onto Martin Luther King Blvd. from approximately 12:30 p.m. to about 3 p.m.

Football Season Tickets

Football season tickets remain available to the general public, with the cost remaining the same as the 2014 season. Tickets for the Ducks’ seven home homes – which includes Oregon State, USC, Utah, California and Washington State – can be purchased online for as low as $424 at: goducks.com.

Tickets also will be available for purchase Saturday at the North Ticket Building, beginning at 11 a.m., as well as the ticketing and marketing table along the southeast corner of the Autzen Stadium concourse near section 26.

Football Coaches Challenge

Through PathwayOregon, head coach Mark Helfrich and his staff has agreed to match donations for the University’s financial aid program designed to provide the means for low-income Oregon high school graduates to attend the University of Oregon. For more information regarding the PathwayOregon program, please refer to pathwayoregon.uoregon.edu.

Over $30,775 in new donations have been accumulated thus far, with the deadline for additional donations to qualify for the matching funds being 11:59 p.m. Saturday (May 2).

For further information regarding donations to the Football Coaches PathwayOregon Challenge, go to pathway.goducks.com or call 541-302-0300.

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