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Sources: Razorbacks to play Missouri at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium every other year

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Photographs by Mitchell PE Masilun

Fans walk into War Memorial Stadium for the Arkansas Razorbacks' spring game Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Razorbacks will play the Missouri Tigers in Little Rock in alternating years as part of an agreement that will extend Razorback football games in the state’s capital city, two sources familiar with the arrangement said Wednesday.

The series is part of a broader deal between the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and the state Department of Parks and Tourism, which controls the stadium, sources said. On off years, the Razorbacks will play their annual Red-White spring game at War Memorial, as was the case this year, said one source, who called the deal a “compromise.”

Reader poll

What do you think of the plan for Arkansas to play Missouri every other year at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock?

  • It's a good compromise 30% 902 votes
  • The Hogs should continue to play regular season games in Little Rock every year 24% 719 votes
  • The Hogs should stop playing in Little Rock altogether 44% 1303 votes

2924 total votes.

“I can’t confirm anything, but an announcement will be made soon,” UA Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said Wednesday by text message.

UA and the Department of Parks and Tourism said in a news release later Wednesday night that an announcement is planned for 10 a.m. Thursday at the stadium. Steinmetz, Athletics Director Hunter Yurachek, Director of Parks and Tourism Kane Webb and War Memorial Stadium Commission Chairman Kevin Crass were expected to attend.

UA is scheduled to play Ole Miss on Oct. 13 at War Memorial Stadium in what was the final game on the university’s current contract to play in central Arkansas. The Razorbacks have played games annually at War Memorial Stadium since 1948, including last year’s 49-7 victory over Florida A&M.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Information for this article was contributed by Jaime Adame of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Comments

arkateacher54 says...

Better than nothing I suppose.

Posted 16 May 2018, 7:21 p.m. Suggest removal

obbie says...

Not much better....

Posted 16 May 2018, 7:36 p.m. Suggest removal

robrien1952 says...

Friday after Thanksgiving? Makes a lot of sense. Students are on break and it’s often a meaningful game.

Posted 16 May 2018, 7:41 p.m. Suggest removal

Delta2 says...

Makes a little sense, in that it could be called the Toilet Bowl, since both teams are irrelevant in SEC FB and it's going to be played in a crap stadium. Still, being a so called border rivalry, an argument can be made to have the game on campus (very near said border), but with students gone for break, I guess that doesn't matter too much. However, at that point of the season, no one will be watching either team anyway, so the embarrassment of playing in a glorified high school stadium won't be a big problem on the national stage.

Given the choice of moving into the 21st Century or staying in the 20th, UAF decides to plant itself right at 2000. Keep looking up at the top tier of the league.

Posted 16 May 2018, 8:45 p.m. Suggest removal

MaxCady says...

@Delta2, they should call it the sex offender bowl!! If the hapless Hogs win they get to send back all the sex offenders that the state of Missouri is allowing to cross into Arkansas.

Posted 16 May 2018, 10:47 p.m. Suggest removal

LarryBassett says...

I support ONE annual game in Little Rock. Whether Missouri every other year, after Thanksgiving, one SEC opponent every other year with a decent non-conference foe in alternating years. Keep the Spring Red-White game in Fayetteville since the students are on campus then. Little Rock continuance, however, should be predicated upon major upgrades to War Memorial Stadium (long overdue) which at the very minimum assure full compliance with upcoming new SEC minimum requirements. As a SE Arkansas native now living in Fayetteville, I am sympathetic with the desire to maintain a bit of the Little Rock tradition. But I am not sympathetic with Little Rock's failure to address the needs of maintaining a first class venue. The current proposal should, if enacted, be limited to four years (2 Missouri games) and subject to continuance ONLY IF needed upgrades are made. If made, War Memorial becomes a more attractive venue for annual use by ASU, UCA, and UAPB as they negotiate contracts with others. A win-win for everyone.

Posted 16 May 2018, 11:34 p.m. Suggest removal

DPURIFOY166578 says...

The Razorbacks have been playing games in Little Rock-WMS for years. I think that we still need to continue that for many years to come. You need to keep a presence in Central Arkansas. South, East, Southwest fans need this. The Razorbacks are our Team. To pull out of WMS is a mistake. WMS needs major upgrades to meet the current expectations of the SEC etc. If we continue to play games in Little Rock, then the stadium needs an overhaul from the outside to the inside. The Press box is a step in the right direction.

Posted 18 May 2018, 9:16 a.m. Suggest removal

Delta2 says...

@DPURIFOY--WMS will never be up to SEC standards, it's still a pig even with all the lipstick in the world. The uniqueness of playing a "home" game off campus is a joke in the SEC. Go to the Sun Belt if you want to do Bush League stuff.

Posted 18 May 2018, 12:54 p.m. Suggest removal

Jfish says...

Most outdoor football stadiums consist of a concrete bowl with seats for the vast majority of fans. As long as you have adequate parking, concession areas and restrooms, I don't see the argument that WMS is just old and outdated. I mean, is sitting on a bleacher or a fold down chair at Reynolds stadium that much different than sitting on a bleacher or fold down chair at WMS? If you are looking for something more comfortable, buy a box seat or sit in your recliner at home and watch the game. If you put a decent team on the field, the fans will come to the after-Thanksgiving game. That was proven many times with LSU.

Posted 18 May 2018, 2:06 p.m. Suggest removal

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