When the official attendance was announced just now at the Oregon vs. UC Davis game, a sad truth was brought to light. 53,817 fans showed up for the season opener, snapping Oregon’s 110-game sellout streak.
The streak, which spanned back 17 years, was the third longest streak in the nation. The only teams who have longer streaks than Oregon are Nebraska at 347 games and Notre Dame at 249 games.
While the news is sad, it doesn't come as much of a surprise. The Ducks are coming off of their worst season in almost a decade, and the excitement factor has certainly dipped since Marcus Mariota left town.
You could begin to see signs of the streak being in danger with how heavily the athletic department was pushing ticket sales this offseason. They even launched an entire website and ad campaign focused solely around ticket sales.
Autzen Stadium has a capacity of 54,000, so it appears that a sellout was narrowly missed.