"Autzen Stadium is where great teams go to die," wrote a Michigan Daily columnist after a 31-27 upset against the third-ranked Michigan in 2003. Michigan's coach Lloyd Carr admitted that Autzen Stadium was the loudest football stadium he's ever been to. A writer for Sporting News, named Autzen Stadium the most intimidating football arena in the nation. Located in Eugene, Oregon just north of the Univerisity of Oregon, Autzen Stadium is home to the Pac-10 Conference's Ducks.
Preceding 1967, the University of Oregon's football team played on Hayward Field, one of the most historic and well-known track and field arenas in the United States. In 1967, the Duck's athletic director campaigned for a new football stadium as it was becoming more and more apparent that the football team had outgrown Hayward Field. Construction began in January of 1967, and because of specific architectural and engineering designs, Autzen Stadium was completed in just nine months with a construction cost just under $2.5 million.
In 1988, a $2.3 million renovation project broke ground to build a new, state-of-the-art press box on the south end of the field, and converting the old press box into new luxury suites. In 2002, $90 million gave Autzen Stadium a new facelift and completed luxury suites on both endzones , bringing the seating to it's current capacity of 54,000.
In 2007, Autzen Stadium reached it's highest attendance record of 59,379 when the Ducks beat the Arizona State Sun Devils. Not only was it the most attended football game in the University's history, it was also a record-setting attendance for any event in Oregon's state history.