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  • Oregon plans to bartoo-wide seat cushions
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  • Oregon plans to bar too-wide seat cushions
    PORTLAND — Some University of Oregon fans say it's getting crowded in the bleachers. The problem: Jumbo seat cushions.
    So the school proposes to limit cushions to 17 inches wide.
    University spokeswoman Julie Brown says there have been "a few complaints" about extra-wide cushions taking up too much space at venues with bench-style seating, such as Autzen Stadium and Hayward Field. The benches include seat numbers, but no lines to mark just how much room each spectator gets.
    Besides ensuring comfort for spectators squeezed between neighbors with cushions, the university wants to maintain the allocated stadium seating capacity. The presence of large cushions has yet to curtail capacity, but Brown said the school wants to get ahead of the issue as manufacturers expand their menu of cushions and portable seats with larger options.
    "It's something that has been happening with a little bit of an increased frequency," Brown said.
    The plan calls for boxes at the gates, like those at airports for carry-on luggage, to determine whether cushions make it into the game or track meet.
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