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Ducks football sees decline in attendance

Last time the Ducks faced off against Portland State was back in 2010.

Posted: Sep 10, 2018 7:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon football team is on a roll, winning their first two games of the season. But not as many people are showing up for the games -- attendance has been the lowest they've seen in the past five seasons.

KEZI 9 News noticed that fewer fans are showing up this year. The games against Bowling Green and Portland State are the lowest first two games hosted at Autzen since the 2014 season, which was the height of the Marcus Mariota era.

The total amount of people was a little more than 97,000. Compare that to 2014 when nearly 116,000 fans came to cheer on the Ducks.

Even with the lower attendance numbers, Duck fans said there is still no better place to watch college football.

"It feels unlike anything else you'll find at the university,” Michael Hampton said. “Really what it comes down to is how you're experiencing that with the other students and your friends, as well as the people from Eugene and Springfield that are coming up for the games. And there's really nothing else like it that I’ve ever experienced ever."

KEZI reached out to the UO athletics department. In a statement they said, “We have the best fans and game day experience in college football, and we look forward to a continued strong presence from Duck fans this weekend and as we begin Pac-12 play next week against Stanford."

Last time the Ducks faced off against Portland State was back in 2010 when more than 58,000 fans came out. The turnout this past weekend against PSU was just over 47,000.

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