Bielema uncertain about Arkansas' future playing games in Little Rock
Arkansas has a long history of playing games in its second home, Little Rock. However, the Razorbacks have stumbled to a 1-3 record at War Memorial Stadium during Bielema’s tenure, including a 16-12 loss to Toledo in 2015.
Arkansas has also lost SEC matchups in Little Rock to Mississippi State in 2013 and Georgia in 2014 after Bielema’s hire in December 2012.
This could play a factor in the team’s contract negotiations with the Little Rock stadium. The current agreement runs through the 2018 season, however, an amendment announced in 2013 cut the number of games played in the city from two per season to one from 2014-18. The university was forced to pay the War Memorial commission $400,000 to make up for revenue lost by hosting just one game.
Bielema said he isn’t sure what the future holds for the Razorbacks playing in Little Rock, but understands why the university would rather have more games in Fayetteville.
“One of the greatest things you can build is a home-field advantage,” Bielema told WholeHogSports.com. “Where it’s going to go from here, I have no idea. That’s a conversation that I don’t get invited to. I just go where they tell me.”
Arkansas’ recent struggles in Little Rock extend beyond Bielema’s tenure. In 2012, No. 8 Arkansas kicked off its season with a 34-31 loss to Louisiana-Monroe at War Memorial Stadium. But, in fairness, not much else went right during that season anyway.
Arkansas also plays an annual game against Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium, which forces it to lose an extra game at Fayetteville in years that it would host the Aggies.