When posing the question, who has the best stadium in college football, a select few come to mind.
Penn State's Beaver Stadium, The Big House in Michigan, Ohio State's "Horseshoe" and The Swamp in Gainesville.
Although all of these are great in their own respects, Autzen Stadium rivals all of them. It is a hidden gem on the west coast that every college football fan should visit in their lifetime.
Autzen is the best stadium in college football.
Uncle Phil is Oregon football’s best friend. He seems to always provide millions of dollars to help make the experience at Autzen stadium the best it can possibly be.
Since 2002, Autzen has had four different improvements to parts of the stadium to make it as special as it is today, not to mention the countless amount of jersey combinations that are rolled out by the dozen every year.
The Ducks seem to always be sporting the newest and freshest jerseys in college football thanks to Uncle Phil and his designers up in Beaverton, Oregon.
The Ducks started playing at Autzen Stadium in 1967 and have never looked back.
The most historic play in Autzen Stadium that is often remembered is Kenny Wheaton’s game-winning 97-yard interception return for a touchdown in 1994.
It was given the name “The Pick” and is often regarded as the turning point for Ducks football. Autzen is also famous for being the football stadium in National Lampoon’s Animal House, filmed on the campus of the University of Oregon.
It has been a host to many recording artists such as Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead to name a few.
Autzen was built to be intimidating for the Ducks opponents. With its steep bleachers, an overhang over the alumni side of the stadium, and the oval-shaped structure, Autzen is one of the most intimidating stadiums in the nation.
The fans are as close to the field as possible all the way around the stadium as well. With Duckvision 2.0 installed in 2008, the 33' x 85' high definition LED scoreboard makes the atmosphere complete.
In 2007, when College GameDay came to Eugene, a giant yellow “O” was added to the south end of the stadium to enhance the viewer’s experience.
There are also thoughts of adding a second overhang over the student section, making the students even more of a factor in the football game.
Oregon has some of the best cheerleaders in the nation. Notorious for their good looks and high stunts, Oregon’s cheerleaders have attracted males to Autzen stadium for years.
It only makes sense that one of the best college football teams in the nation also have one of the best cheerleading groups in the nation.
If you don’t believe me, you should come and check it out for yourself.
Eugene is known for its cold and rainy weather. Since 1990, on game days at Autzen stadium, announcer Don Essig chants Oregon’s famous saying, "It never rains in Autzen Stadium."
It is tradition for all of the fans to say it with him, and if it happens to rain, it is always considered a drizzle compared to the downpours that happen on a regular basis.
Recently, Puddles (Oregon’s mascot) has been leading the team onto the field on his motorcycle. The chants "Go, Ducks," can be heard echoing off the south and north sides of the stadium.
It is an spectacle that every college football fan must experience.
After explaining the structure of Autzen stadium, it is naturally going to produce some very loud noise.
Although the record attendance is only 60,017, Oregon fans regularly reach 120 decibels.
In one particular instance, in 2007 against USC, the decibel level reached 127.2, and at the time, was the loudest game in the history of college football.
Numerous coaches and players from BCS conferences have stated that Oregon is the loudest place they’ve ever heard in person. If that doesn’t make Autzen the best, I don’t know what does.
Oregon Ducks fans are some of the most diehard in the country. The Ducks have sold out 74 straight games dating back to 1999, and there is no end in sight.
Oregon went to the national championship game last season, which only increased the amount of Duck fans.
The student section is notorious for being very loud and boisterous, making the experience at Autzen even better.
Any college football fan that wants to be part of an amazing football experience should travel to Oregon and attend a game at the Autzen Zoo.