EUGENE, Ore. -- After 82 consecutive sold-out home games and a big Rose Bowl victory, the U of O football program is expecting record attendance at Autzen Stadium this year. Yet some die hard fans decided to pass on renewing their season-ticket package Friday after another price increase.
Matt Hazen told KVAL news that after ten seasons at Autzen, he decided to give up his ticket package. This year, a season of Duck games would cost Hazen $1600.
"Every year they jack the prices a little bit more, a little bit more, a little bit more. It seems like the regular joe like me is slowly being squeezed out of being able to afford to go to those kind of games." said Hazen.
The Duck football team generated $27.7 million dollars in revenue last season, putting the football program 32nd in the NCAA in profits. The University of Oregon Athletic Department said that Oregon ticket prices are about average for a college football team, even after the increase.
"If we want to continue to compete at the highest level, we need to make sure we are generating revenue at that same level," said Craig Pintens, the Senior Associate Athletic Director at the school.
Last year, 96% of the season ticket holders renewed their seats. Friday marks the last day for last year's ticket holders to renew.