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Ahh, parking at Autzen. Remember when you could actually do that?

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This photo, dating from 1985, will certainly cause some AtQers to reminisce wistfully for the old days, when you could drive to Autzen, pretty much park wherever the heck you wanted for $3 (or $10 if you had a motorhome), and watch your team lose 54-0. Or 5-0. (OK, that was '75, but the parking situation was about the same.)

Note what's missing here from the present-day configuration. No Cas Center, no Mos Center, no PK Park, no expansion of the stadium, no practice fields on the stadium side of Centennial MLK Blvd, and *still* a line of buses out front. (That practice field on the north side of the road was brand-new.)

Back then, attendance averaged under 30,000 fans per game, despite all that parking. 

Oregon now manages to get almost twice the attendance, from presumably healthier attendees, because there has to be a *lot* more walking involved now than 25 years back.

(Oh, see that big brown area in the background above the stadium? There was supposed to be a city-owned golf course there, but golf was deemed too elitist to waste dry brown acreage on; that area of the picture hasn't really changed a bit.)

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or the Addicted To Quack Moderators. FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable Oregon fans.

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