New graphics, better cell service among changes at Autzen

EUGENE, Ore. -- With college football season kicking off for many schools across the nation this weekend, the Oregon Ducks are busy finishing some upgrades to the fan experience at Autzen Stadium.

While there isn't much that can divert a Duck fan's attention away from the game, a new digital display can give a recap of any missed plays.

"Previously it was just a regular scoreboard, so now we'll have digital capability so people the west side looking east will have video replay. It hopefully provides an opportunity for out of town scores," said U of O Athletics spokesman Craig Pintens.

The cell service issues that have plagued fans inside the 47-year-old venue was also addressed over the summer. AT&T and Verizon Wireless recently installed a Distributed Antenna System throughout the seating bowl to improve the capacity of their respective cellular networks, said Andy McNamara, the assistant AD for U of O Athletic Communications.

Four new food trucks will help feed the thousands who come through the Autzen gates.

Each year the design that runs around the field changes. Pintens said this year the O-Pocalypse design will give the ring a 3-D look, while keeping the "Win The Day" slogan coined by former coach Chip Kelly.

"It's going to create a really great visual. Not just for the people here in the stadium, but on television. It's going to look unbelievable," said Pintens.

U of O Ducks face South Dakota Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Autzen Stadium.