Oregon will make its debut in Matthew Knight Arena on Jan. 13 against USC, a team spokesman confirmed, and that means the final Pac-10 game at creaky old McArthur Court has yet to be played after all.
Rather than the final contests at Mac Court being nonconference games, Arizona and Arizona State are now expected to be the last opponents to experience the simultaneous charm and horror of playing in the place that's become known as The Pit.
That the final game against ASU is scheduled for New Year's Day is significant because according to The Oregonian, there are numerous reasons why the school did not want to kick off Matthew Knight Arena around that date.
The football team went to the Rose Bowl last season, and if it gets there again or to another bowl game around that time, fans (and boosters) shouldn't have to choose between following two major events for their money sports.
Also, winter break isn't over for the students until Jan. 3, and what would the new arena be without the Pit Crew rooting on Dana Altman's Ducks in full force?
There's also the matter of Nike. The building is named after the deceased son of Nike co-founder Phil Knight, and The Oregonian reports that he wouldn't mind some extra time to work on Oregon's new uniforms that are set to debut during the opener that are sure to be eye-popping.
"You open a building once every 80 years,'' [associate athletic director of development Jim] Bartko said. "You've got to do it right.''