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Oregon: Better Football Facility Than Any NFL Team

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Oregon is unveiling their brand new football facility over on GoDucks.com, and I just KNOW that Jeff Brunelle is tearing up with happiness right now. He’s a Duck for life, loves Oregon football, and wants to see them take home a national title sometime VERY soon. This facility could certainly help the Ducks do just that!

Based solely off the new digs, who wouldn’t want to go there?

Now, after I got all the slobber off my keyboard, I started to think a little deeper about all this, and I definitely think this new facility raises some REALLY interesting issues and questions…


1) Is that a barbershop IN the facility? How can the NCAA try to suspend an athlete for washing her car on campus, but allow another school to give its players haircuts in a top notch salon? I don’t get it, but that’s certainly a nice set up. Even if the Oregon players pay for them, it’s a questionable perk for amateur athletes.

2) Custom Rugs EVERYWHERE. Do you know how expensive custom rugs are, especially when they are handwoven? Makes sense that this nearly 150,000 square foot facility cost $68 Million. That’s $453 per square foot for you construction buffs, which actually isn’t THAT high. Ok, it’s actually pretty high. No idea if the $68M includes outfitting the space, or just construction. But I do love those rugs.

3) “Uncle Phil” has his own locker. When you’re the man behind Nike, and you support Oregon like you do, you get a locker in the football locker room. I wonder if Mr. Knight would ever suit up for a game? That would be a sight to see.

4) The Head Coach’s office is insane. Is the HC at Oregon the CEO of Goldman Sachs? His office sure looks like it! Switch out ESPN for CNBC and it’s a done deal.

5) The “NFL Ducks” are amazing. Oregon grad makes it to the NFL? They add a new duck. The installation can be seen in the photo gallery, and it’s a total beauty.

6) Oregon HAS MONEY! Clearly, the Ducks have a ton of cash on hand. And money rules all. So where do they go with things next? Hopefully, they make their way into men’s lacrosse! If they can float $68 Million for a BUILDING for football, I’m sure they could scrape together $10 Million to fund men’s lacrosse completely!

Add in that Nike has been picking up its game within our sport, and the fact that Nike hosted an interesting training event at their HQ in Oregon this Summer, called The Ride, and things look a little brighter. Since Oregon and Nike go hand in hand, it makes some sense to think that lacrosse is being talked about in Duck country, at least at some level. Of course, Oregon’s club team wore Warrior gear last year, and not Nike gear, and until we see big moves on that minor issue, it looks like this could take some time.

And if people want to bring up the Title IX issue, or any other excuse as to why this won’t happen, they are more than welcome to, but the fact remains, when a school like Oregon, or a brand like Nike, decides to do something, it happens. If they want to add lacrosse, they can. It really is that simple.

If Oregon ever does start up a varsity D1 NCAA lacrosse program, you can expect them to have one of the best facilities in the country immediately. Maybe Phil Knight would even request a locker in the building… It’s just what Oregon does, I guess! For lacrosse’s sake in Duck country, let’s hope that last part is true.

Oregon + Lacrosse = Make It Happen, Phil Knight. You literally have the power.

About the author

Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of LacrosseAllStars.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.

5 Comments

  • They will add lacrosse when the figure out how to make money out of it and how to deal with Title IX. Or if NIKE could make money selling lacrosse equipment. Anyway, probably it is years away.

  • At first I was ready to fire off Title IX as it is usually the easiest road block when it comes to lacrosse. HOWEVER, with Oregon I really don’t think you can make that argument. They only sponsor 17 division I sports, which is 3 less than the Pac12 average (or right about average if you remove Stanford and their whopping 36 sponsored sports)

    What’s very interesting is that the Pac12 in general sponsors MORE women’s sports than men’s sports. Only UCLA has more men’s sports (13-12).

    Speaking of Oregon, specifically, I think it’s important to realize they do not have Men’s Soccer, Track, or Volleyball (which are big sports for Pac12 schools, even though VB isn’t sponsored) so I can’t even imagine where lacrosse might fall in the priority queue as “next sport up.”

    While Oregon may be a front runner in uniforms and equipment because of its relationship with Nike, at a glance, it doesn’t seem like they are in a rush to expand their athletics department. I’m pretty sure the newest program is the Women’s lacrosse program which was added in 2005. With my C-level research it seems like most other sports have been playing since around the turn of the 20th century.

    On another interesting, and exceptionally more relevant note, with the addition of Colorado in 2014 the Pac-12 will have 5 women’s teams playing. One more and they will get an AQ. The speculation of who the next team there would be much more relevant and will almost assuredly happen before the Ducks get a men’s team.

  • It’s also important to know that Oregon did not pay for the building. Uncle Night paid for the whole thing. Oregon “loaned” Phil the land in an agreement that he would give it back after construction. This made the construction process faster by not having to go through a lot of red tape when building on campus.

    Also men’s baseball was the last thing Oregon added. If I remember correctly Women lacrosse and another women’s sport was added prior to baseball to allow the baseball team to move in. I don’t see Oregon adding men’s lacrosse until there is more western teams. I’m looking at you CSU, CU, and BYU!

  • @goamerica26 strong points all around. My argument is that lacrosse will be added at Oregon once Nike decides it is time. Whatever needs to happen, will happen. That might mean other sports being added… I simply don’t know. What I do know, is that cash rules, and while my hope for a team is probably premature, I do think it could go down the way I describe, should it ever happen. I agree other Western teams would help, but if Oregon and Nike saw a sport on the rise, where they could conceivably win it all in a relatively short timetable (ten years?), might they not take the risk? I don’t know… I haven’t even convinced myself.

  • @goamerica26 strong points all around. My argument is that lacrosse will be added at Oregon once Nike decides it is time. Whatever needs to happen, will happen. That might mean other sports being added… I simply don’t know. What I do know, is that cash rules, and while my hope for a team is probably premature, I do think it could go down the way I describe, should it ever happen. I agree other Western teams would help, but if Oregon and Nike saw a sport on the rise, where they could conceivably win it all in a relatively short timetable (ten years?), might they not take the risk? I don’t know… I haven’t even convinced myself.

    Connor. I agree. Are there D1 lacrosse teams that earn as much as they spend? I know a lacrosse program is significantly less costly than football, but it seems rare that the lacrosse games draw large crowds. On the left coast (mcla) I only know one team that tried to collect (CAL) and it was all of five bucks. What do D1 games coast on the right coast.

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