Oregon football coaches have long visited the Hawaiian islands on recruiting trips.

In 2024, they’ll visit for a game.

The eventual trip to Honolulu is part of a three-game series, with the first two games hosted in Eugene in 2020 and 2023.

The Ducks will pay Hawaii $1 million for its visit on Sept. 19, 2020 and $500,000 for another game at Autzen Stadium on Sept. 16, 2023. UO travel to Honolulu and receive $500,000 for the series finale on Sept. 21, 2024.

“The opportunity to have two home games with a return trip in 2024 to an area where our fan base has grown exponentially was very attractive,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement.

The schools agreed to the series in mid-September, just one month after Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay cast doubt on the football program’s future. 

In an Aug. 18 meeting of Hawaii’s Board of Regents, Jay sought $3 million to help keep the Hawaii athletic department afloat — it has run a deficit 11 of the past 13 years, he said — or face potentially reducing the number of sports it could offer.

“There is a very real possibility of football going away,” Jay said, per reports at the time. “But even if football goes away, all the revenues that football drives goes away and then it becomes a costlier venture for the university.”

Oregon is 4-3 all-time against Hawaii in a history that dates to 1921. The opponents haven’t played since 1994, and Hawaii has a three-game winning streak in the series.

The agreement was first reported March 1 by the Star-Advertiser.

Oregon typically has stayed frugal with the cost of non-conference opponents, paying $1.2 million total to host South Dakota, Michigan State and Wyoming in 2014. In 2013, its bill for two home non-conference games was $800,000. Those are down from the $2.35 million it cost to host Arkansas State ($950,000), Fresno State ($900,000) and Tennessee Tech ($500,000) in 2012, partly due to a price increase when one previous opponent backed out of its game less than a year before.

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