Autzen alcohol sales increase by 61 percent, ejections decrease by nearly half compared with last season – The Register-Guard

More alcohol available for purchase and more time to tailgate means more alcohol-related citations, arrests and other drinking-related issues, right?


At least that’s not the case at the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium this fall.

Even with the UO extending tailgating hours outside Autzen and adding beer and wine sales inside the stadium during Duck football games, there seem to be fewer alcohol-related issues cropping up for law enforcement officials.

So far this season, there have been fewer ejections overall as well as fewer alcohol-related ejections compared to the first five games of the 2017 season, according to UO Police Department spokesman Kelly McIver.

UOPD data show that there have been 106 total ejections at home games this season compared with 169 in the first five home games last season. Of the 2018 season ejections, 76 were alcohol-related, compared with 148 alcohol-related ejections in the first five home football games of 2017.

Those numbers represent decreases of about 37 percent in overall ejections and about 49 percent in alcohol-related ejections.

The majority of people kicked out of the games during both seasons were ejected by UOPD or Eugene police, data show. Lane County sheriff’s deputies and OLCC monitors also can eject attendees.

The university this year added two hours to the time it allows pregame alcohol consumption in parking lots around Autzen Stadium. Football fans now can drink legally in the lots for six hours before kickoff.

Alcohol sales also have been expanded this season to locations throughout the stadium, with general concession stands now selling beer and wine. In the past, fans only could buy alcohol in the stadium’s executive seating area and at the Moshofsky Center, the indoor practice field next to the stadium that serves as a game-day tailgating venue.

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