Eugene (KMTR) - If you build it, they will come...and watch football.
Two new large structures are taking shape on the north side of Autzen Stadium in Eugene.
The structures are on both ends of the sky suites, and will be ready in time for Saturday's showdown. Each one has three tiers, and will accommodate ninety people. The first and second tiers will be outdoor suites and feature seating.
Where they are built has typically been used for standing-room-only ticket holders. To make up for the lost space, standing room only will be moved to the top of the two new structures.
University of Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens says the temporary seating is an experiment for the final two games of the season, and could be a factor when considering adding more permanent seating. "There is always discussion about it, we've sold out 79 straight games, but we have some research to do before we're ready to make that leap."
Mullens says not only do they need to see if there is a demand, but, also what type of demand. "Is it for suites, club seats, general admission seating? Then we would have to figure out how to finance that."
Construction on the temporary seating will be done well before Saturday's showdown with U.S.C. It will also be used for the Civil War on November 26th.
If Oregon goes on to host the PAC-12 Championship game on December 2nd, it will be up to conference officials to decide if the new seating will be used.