Oregon fans showed up and showed out for Dan Lanning's first spring game
Oregon Duck fans showed out en masse for head coach Dan Lanning’s debut at Autzen Stadium.
According to Pac-12 insider John Canzano, the Ducks estimated 42,000 fans in attendance (capacity 54,000) for Saturday’s spring game. That’s quite the number for a practice.
Oregon sports information tells me it is "estimating" 42,000 attendance for today's spring game.
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) April 23, 2022
Oregon opened the gates to the public for free and built out an entire day of activity for fans to make the most of their trip out. They also brought back Duck legends De’Anthony Thomas and La’Michael James (offensive coordinators) and Haloti Ngata and Arik Armstead (defensive coordinators) to serve as honorary captains for the game.
“This is going to be a tremendous day for Oregon Athletics and for our fans,” Lanning said this spring. “We obviously want Autzen to be packed and rocking, but we also want to see our fans show out for all of the other terrific programs that are competing throughout the day.”
Fans were certainly rocking.
For reference, ACC teams averaged 42,599 in attendance last season, according to CBS Sports. Pac-12 teams averaged 43,865. USC had an announced crowd of 33,427 fans on hand for its spring game Saturday.