UO students and nearby businesses react to spring game without fans

Aside from the business owners, UO students said they've had to change their approach to the annual game day as well.

Posted: May 1, 2021 7:06 PM

EUGENE, Ore. --- Nearby businesses and UO students are reacting to University of Oregon's annual spring football game taking place without spectators.


University of Oregon athletics announced on April 18th that they would allow up to 15% capacity at Autzen for spring game. Since then, Lane County moved up to extreme risk level, which means no fans are allowed at sporting events in this area.

Moving to extreme risk also means indoor dining at restaurants is prohibited. Restaurant owners in the area said they had to quickly adjust to the change in operation.

"Ever since COVID, we haven't noticed whether there are game days or not,"manager at Chula's Restaurant and Cantina Gabby Pelayo said.

Chula's is just up the street from UO campus. Pelayo said students would come in often for game days.

Pelayo said typically the streets would be flooded with students in their university apparel, but today was a lot more quiet.

Aside from the business owners, UO students said they have had to change their approach to game day, as well. Many of them expressed disappointment by the impact of the governor's decision to move up a risk level.

"It definitely sucks because we were supposed to be able to go," UO freshman Abbie Weaver said. "But it's also understandable."

Many UO students said they planned to host their own gatherings to watch the the annual spring football game.

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