EUGENE, Ore. - An Oregon football fan broke his ankle when he jumped over a barrier onto the field at Autzen Stadium after the Fresno State game last weekend, highlighting a safety concern for athletic department officials.
The injury puts an Oregon tradition of allowing fans on the field after games at risk, according to Craig Pintens with the athletic department.
"If you wait five minutes, we open up all of the gates and you can come onto the field and celebrate, what's become a tradition here at Autzen," Pintens said. "It's tough to maintain that tradition if we're going to have a lot of injuries.
"We don't want to make a change," he added. "We're one of the few schools in the country that does allow fans to come out onto the field."
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