Oregon Can't Afford to Keep Autzen Small with Ducks Winning Big

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Oregon Can't Afford to Keep Autzen Small with Ducks Winning Big
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As the ink dries on future Ducks' football schedules, it appears we're approaching a fresh jumping-off point when it comes to Autzen Stadium expansion talk. Oregon announced on Thursday that the Ducks football game against Virginia in Charlottesville on Sept. 7 will be nationally televised. It's a fun nonconference road game, and the country will watch. But it's what Virginia finds when it's scheduled to visit Autzen in 2016 that feels even more interesting. Ducks athletic director Rob Mullens said, "When you look at who we're competing against -- I'm talking the Texases, the Ohio States, the Michigans, the Alabamas -- the one thing that puts us at a disadvantage is we have a 54,000-seat football stadium. ... If you look at the Top 25 program types, we have the second-smallest football stadium to Minnesota. And when you look at the top dogs like Texas, Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, and Florida, they're all at or near 100,000 seats. For the long-term health of our program, if the demand were to stay there, (expansion) is something we need to consider.

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