OR-CAP has worked closely with the Athletic Department for nearly 3 years with the result that all sports venues provide, or will provide, captions for all events. This year, captions have been provided automatically for football at Autzen Stadium and at Matthew Knight Arena for basketball (men’s and women’s), as well as upon request for women’s volleyball and other athletic events that aren’t expected to reach an attendance mark of 6500. While captioning for the 2012 Olympic Trials was not implemented as hoped, the Athletic Department is committed to captioning other track and field events at Hayward Field effectively.
Captions for athletic events in Matthew Knight Arena are displayed on the central scoreboard. Captioning of non-athletic events in the Arena often involve raising the scoreboard and therefore a different method, or methods, for displaying captions is required. The University is solving this problem, or range of problems since different technology, location and displays are required by different kinds of presentations. Progress has been made: for example the Brad Paisley concert in February 2012 was captioned.
The UO has made online requests (www.GODUCKS.com) for captioning, when captions can be made available, an easy and self-evident process.
We have began conversations with UO about automatically captioning non-athletic events in February 2012. Although the University will provide captions on request for lectures and live performances, the public is usually unaware of that option so we are focused on having captions provided without having to make a formal request.