Phil Knight’s Next Project

A forest is coming to Autzen!

Kevin Cline

Now that Phil Knight’s $68,000,000 has been fully dispersed for the newest of the new Duck facilities, many people wonder, what will Uncle Phil do next?  More classrooms and lecture halls?  Another library?  More offices for professors?  Maybe a giant playground?  Well, to answer that question, no, he will donate a forest.

Knight has supplied funding for 39 trees composed of Douglas fir, coast redwood, giant sequoia, western red cedar and Canadian hemlock, all between 25 and 40 feet tall, and all planted on the north (uncovered) side of Autzen Stadium.  The trees will be joined by a few artificial streams, indigenous plants and improved walkway, all designed to create a contemplative state of mind (probably to contrast with the loud and intense atmosphere inside the actual stadium).  Additionally, the improvements help fans exit said stadium more quickly and easily.

Do we really need more trees?

Kevin Cline

How many trees can we squeeze in here?

The campus of the University of Oregon is already one of the most beautiful in this country.  Somehow, developers have found a way to blend the natural beauty of Oregon’s forests with some very high-tech structures.  Seeing Mr. Knight helping continue this motif reminds me how nice it is to have him as part of our university.  An excellent uncle to our school, indeed.

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Michelle Friedlander

Michelle Friedlander

Michelle Friedlander is an incoming freshman at the University of Oregon and will be starting at UO's business school in the fall. However, she has been a devoted Duck fan since 2009, when her sister decided to attend Oregon. Michelle is a huge sports fan and has been playing competitive soccer for the last 10 years. She's a very loyal fan and is excited to cheer on the mighty Ducks for the next four years and beyond.

  • BDX

    Expanding the north side of Autzen 10k seats.. Architects, plans, its already in the works.. We just need to win the Natty to make it happen next year..