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Football center just ducky

EUGENE, ORE. – Three weeks ago athletes and staff with the University of Oregon football team moved into their new Football Performance Center. The No. 3 nationally ranked Ducks open the 2013 season next week at Autzen Stadium, where Oregon has had a sell-out every Saturday for the past 14 years. The 145,000 square-foot Football Performance Center on the Eugene campus houses training facilities, a players lounge, three stories of offices for coaches and support staff, a state-of-the-art locker room, a two-story weight room, film study theatres and a dining facility for the football team. No detail was spared in its construction, ranging from Brazilian hardwood floors in the weight room to a dark black glass exterior arranged in what appears to be boxes haphazardly stacked together. The Jenga-like construction feature, according to the university’s official athletics website GoDucks.com, is to signify a three-dimensional form. The effort is not only intended to provide the best environment for Duck football, but as a recruiting tool to lure high school prospects to Eugene. “If I’m a kid being recruited and I come in and see this, I want to be part of this,” UO running backs coach Gary Campbell told Rob Moseley, editor of GoDucks.com. “I think it’s just going to be an awesome recruiting tool. I know it would be to me.”

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Dark glass and what appears to be a haphazard design are all part of the performance center’s scheme for football staff, players and recruits at the University of Oregon.

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Head Coach Mark Helfrich has a spacious office in the new Football Performance Center with views all around of the UO’s football practice fields.

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The Ducks’ new football locker room has all the amenities, and then some. Not only do the doors recede into the locker to break down barriers, but an upper shelf in each locker automatically lowers when the door is opened to help players gear up. There’s even a locker designated for “Uncle Phil,” in honor of Phil Knight, Nike founder and sponsor of the performance center.

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University of Oregon football players get not only three squares a day at the performance center’s diner, but a reminder to keep their edge for Pac-12 opponents.

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The UO’s futuristic Football Performance Center goes retro with a display presenting the evolution of Duck football uniforms.

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Brazilian hardwood and a larger than life mural add luxurious touches to the Ducks football weight room. It also features a 40-yard electronic track lane.

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Ducks take flight in a 3-D sculpture display at the UO Football Performance Center. The ducks aren’t just reflective of Oregon’s mascot, as on each is inscribed the name of an Oregon player drafted into the NFL. Other art features at the center display the name of every football letterman at the university.

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