Hunter Yurachek explains decision to open Baum-Walker Stadium to full capacity
Less than a month ago, Arkansas Athletics Director Hunter Yuracheck lamented that full capacity would not be allowed at Baum-Walker Stadium this season. But on Thursday, he changed course on the topic.
“I just think the virus and how we’ve managed that in our community and how we’ve managed that in our athletics department — we haven’t had a positive test within our student-athlete or our staff population since March,” Yurachek said in a report by Whole Hog Sports. “I think the chancellor has a little bit more comfort level now that graduation is behind us. I think the vaccinations have gone well. I think all the things that have happened over the last four weeks have kind of changed my stance on that, and I think the chancellor’s stance as well.”
This opens up the stadium for the three-game series between the No. 1 Razorbacks and No. 7 Gators is scheduled to begin next Thursday.
Arkansas officials have gradually reopened the baseball stadium in recent months, increasing capacity from 4,218 at the beginning of the season to 7,645 for the first four games in May.
The stadium’s listed capacity is 11,531.
Multiple SEC stadiums — including Georgia and Tennessee, where the Razorbacks are scheduled to play this weekend — have reopened to full capacity in recent weeks. Arkansas also played games this season at Ole Miss and LSU when full capacity was allowed.