With one of the best known and most successful programs in college sports, there’s a lot to cheer about when the Ducks head into competition.
The UO competes (and we do mean competes!) in 19 sports at the NCAA Division I level, so there’s always a great contest to watch. In the past couple of years alone, Ducks have won national championships in cross country, track and field, and golf; gone to the Natty in football; and made the postseason in basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball. So whatever sports you love, there’s plenty of action at the UO.
Every home-game Saturday in the fall, thousands of students and proud Ducks fans head across the footbridge and through the woods to Autzen Stadium. It’s called “the walk to Autzen,” and it’s one of the most beautiful ways to get to the game in all of college football.
Even when it’s not game day it can be worth the trip. You won’t want to miss the Heisman Trophy display in the lobby of the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex. On the second floor of the Len Casanova Athletic Center, in the Hall of Champions, check out trophies and plaques won by Oregon teams and athletes over the years. The north wing contains depictions of memorable sports moments, traditions, and achievements, and the south wing is home to the Hall of Fame, showcasing the UO’s greatest sports heroes.
Just down the street from Autzen you’ll find PK Park, a baseball stadium that offers home-field advantage to both the Ducks and the Eugene Emeralds-a professional minor-league team that plays during the summer months. Also nearby is Papé Field, home turf for the women’s soccer and lacrosse squads.
Back across the river on campus is Matthew Knight Arena. This is where men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and acrobatics and tumbling host their home competitions. This arena is also the site for a variety of nonsports events, from concerts to commencement.
Right in the middle of campus is Hayward Field, the historic track-and-field venue that is not just home to the Ducks, but also regularly hosts such major track meets as the NCAA Championships, the US Olympic Team Trials, and the annual Prefontaine Classic. In 2021, Hayward will be host to the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships.
The newest sports venue on campus is Jane Sanders Stadium, home to our powerhouse women’s softball team. The 2,500-seat venue is a great place to watch a game, and it is easy walking distance from anywhere on campus.
For more information about the Ducks and how to cheer them on, visit goducks.com.