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Little Rock Might Upgrade War Memorial Stadium To Keep Hog Football

The University of Arkansas is spending $40 million on a brand new football complex in Fayetteville.  The school is also planning to expand Razorback Stadium. 

People in Little Rock are paying attention.

Afraid they might lose the two games played annually by the Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium, there’s now discussion to upgrade and expand the 63-year-old venue.  The school and the War Memorial Stadium Commission currently have a deal that runs through 2016.

Arkansas is the only school at the FBS level that plays multiple “home” games away from its campus each season.  As Bobby Petrino has improved the Razorback program, ticket demands have gone up.  And Razorback Stadium can seat about 22,000 more Hog fans than War Memorial Stadium.  For that reason, there’s already speculation that the season finale between Arkansas and LSU could be moved to Fayetteville this fall.

Obviously the folks in Little Rock can see the writing on the wall.

 


3 comments
AGator
AGator

I don't think it would be a good investment for Little Rock to maintain a fancy stadium for two games a year. The university has already built a stadium and it's a waste for it to go unused while the team plays at a neutral site. Little Rock isn't very likely to get a NFL team and I doubt there's a small college in the area that needs to play in a big stadium.

Cities in Florida (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa) did this same thing. Whenever anyone did an economic analysis it never made financial sense to build a stadium unless it had a regular tenant that would fill the stadium but that never stopped those cities from building. The Florida A&M-Bethune Cookman game in Jacksonville or University of Tampa games at Tampa stadium didn't draw enough fans to support a big fancy stadium.

deltaboy
deltaboy

I attended my first college football game at War Memorial stadium in 1956. Baylor beat Arkansas 12 - 0 in the season opener. It was Frank Broyles first game as the Razorback head coach. I have had many wonderful memories at War Memorial over the past 55 years. Many of my favorite memories involve the "red-hot" Ark. - LSU series. I hope the Hogs continue to play in War Memorial for many years to come & I especially hope they keep the LSU series there.

Southern Gentleman
Southern Gentleman

I have attended many games at War Memorial over the years. Although the stadium is smaller(holds a little over 55,000), it is typically louder because of the bowl shape and additionally the field is well below outside ground level. I hope that they do upgrade the facilities and that 2 games remain in Little Rock for those fans that cannot/will not drive 5+ hours to Fayetteville for a game. That being said, the University Administration is committed to driving revenue and the games in Little Rock are currently costing the Razorbacks income with the fewer seats and increased travel expenses.

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