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UPDATE

May 17, 2024

If you purchased a season pass in 2023, you should have received an email on May 10 with a link to a survey for 2024. (Didn’t see it in your Inbox? Check your Junk or Spam mailbox or filter in case it went there. Still can’t find it? Reach out to Kim at [email protected] or 541-682-7896 and the email can be re-sent directly to you.

An updated map and FAQs can be found below.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate the many changes resulting from UO’s practice field expansion project.

Your parking pass purchase supports the Eugene Science Center’s educational programs as well as other community organizations including the Eugene Elks Lodge #357, ATA Team Pride in Cottage Grove, the Eugene Active 20-30 Club and the City of Eugene Department of Parks and Open Space.

Benefits

  • Easy walking access to Autzen Stadium
  • Guaranteed spot, regardless of arrival time
  • Family membership to the Eugene Science Center (which includes membership to the ASTC passport program) with purchase of season pass
  • 10% discount for University of Oregon Alumni Association members.
Tailgating

Locations (2024)

Eugene Science Center manages three parking lots located adjacent to Autzen Stadium, as shown on the map below.

Rules & Information

Eugene Science Center works closely with: the City of Eugene Police, Fire, and Parks Departments; Oregon Liquor Control Commission; the University of Oregon Athletic and Police Departments; Lane Transit District; and other agencies to ensure safety, compliance with laws and regulations, and to provide the best parking program available.  All parking guests are required to observe the rules and conditions for parking in Eugene Science Center-managed lots. You can read the 2023 rules here; We expect modifications in 2024 related to size of tailgating spots and canopy size restrictions.

PLEASE BE AWARE: All Eugene city parks and the University of Oregon are smoke-free.

SEASON PASS PRICING for 2024

A season is defined as all regular season home games of the University of Oregon football team played at Autzen Stadium. Conference championship games and Spring Game are not part of the regular season.

Car / regular vehicle:   $500

RV / oversized (in South Field RV area only):  $800

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - UPDATED 5/17/2024

No, Eugene Science Center will not be displaced by the UO’s football expansion project.

Yes, we expect to continue to offer tailgate parking opportunities, but with a decreased capacity. For information about specific parking areas, see the questions below.

Construction of the new paved parking lots around the science center is underway and is expected to be completed in August 2024. Construction will pause during the 2024 football season. The re-routing of Leo Harris Parkway would occur in 2025 and be completed prior to the 2025 football season.

The new paved parking lot located in the former SF1 parking area (the East Lot on the map) will be completed in August 2024. Eugene Science Center will be able to offer parking in the East Lot in 2024 only.  It will not be available in 2025 or beyond. 

The parking spots in this paved lot will be 9 feet wide, which means that canopy size in this lot will be limited to 9 ft x 9 ft. 

The marked parking spots in this paved lot will be 18 feet wide. An additional 6 feet beyond that may be used for tailgating and gear, for a total of 24 feet in length. No vehicles, canopies or gear may extend beyond that boundary due to the need to keep a clear driving lane and emergency vehicle access.

Most of the parking to the south of the building will be in the grassy area to the southwest of the building (South Field on the map).  There will be a short row of paved parking spots immediately south of the building (South Lot on the map), some of which might be available for parking and/or tailgating. The rest of the area directly behind the building, south of this row of parking spaces, will not be available. A limited number of RV parking spots will be available on the western edge of the South Field. 

The South Lot and Field will hold fewer vehicles than the grassy areas used previously. Parking spots will be more clearly demarcated and boundaries will be enforced in order to maintain driving lanes. Entry and exit will be through the East Lot.

The new paved parking lot north of the science center (the North Lot on the map) will be completed in August 2024. All parking will be on the pavement (no parking in the grassy area) and will be limited to regular sized vehicles. All RV parking will be in the South Field (former SF2RV area). 

The paved North Lot holds fewer vehicles than the grassy area used previously. Parking/tailgate spaces will be demarcated with boundaries for vehicles and gear and designated driving lanes that must be kept clear. Entry and exit will be through the East Lot.

The parking spots in this paved lot will be 9 feet wide, which means that canopy size in this lot will be limited to 9 ft x 9 ft. 

The marked parking spots in this paved lot will be 18 feet wide. An additional 6 feet beyond that may be used for tailgating and gear, for a total of 24 feet in length. No vehicles, canopies or gear may extend beyond that boundary due to the need to keep a clear driving lane and emergency vehicle access.

We expect to be able to accommodate all of our 2023 season parkers in the three parking lots in 2024 – but not in 2025, when the East Lot becomes unavailable. However, assuming 100% renewal for 2024, we will not be able to accommodate everyone from 2023 in the same area in which they parked previously. The East and North Lots have fewer spaces than the number of 2023 season passes sold in in those respective lots, should everyone choose to renew. The South parking area should have capacity to absorb this loss for the 2024 season – but not 2025 or beyond. 

Generally, we plan to do this based on a patron’s tenure in ESC parking areas, so that the folks who have had season passes with us the longest will have the first option to continue to park with us.  We’re using accounting and donation records from our database to determine tenure. We have emailed out a survey to 2023 season pass patrons regarding their plans and preferences for 2024, and we’ll be using the information we receive to begin matching patrons to parking areas. If we have not received a response from a patron by the end of May, we will follow up by phone, leaving a message if necessary that includes a deadline for responding. If we do not hear back by that deadline, we will assume that the patron no longer wishes to purchase a parking pass at Eugene Science Center, and we will move on to the next patron.

Once all of our 2023 season parking patrons have been accounted for, we will begin working down a waitlist of new folks interested in purchasing season parking passes.

We hope to begin selling passes to returning patrons by the end of May. Pass sales will take place through direct communication with patrons, rather than by public sale on the web site. When this is complete, we would begin season pass sales for new patrons, if there is availability.

Yes. The current entry driveway has been eliminated and all ESC tailgate parking areas will be accessed through the new gated East Lot. Vehicles will also exit through the East Lot. Specific plans for game day traffic flow for 2024 as well as 2025 and beyond are still being developed. 

We expect that our tailgate parking capacity will be met through season parking pass sales. If this is the case, single game parking passes will not be available, either for advance purchase or on the day of the game. If we have not reached capacity through season passes by August, we may offer single game passes. 

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