Little Rock receives grant for upgrades to War Memorial Stadium
War Memorial Stadium will be getting some upgrades.
This past week, Michael R. Wickline of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council awarded a grant of $900,000 to the Division of State Parks for renovations and upgrades at the Arkansas Razorbacks’ second home, War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Per Wickline, the parks division said in its grant request that under a contract between the state and UA, a number of improvements must be made to War Memorial Stadium to accommodate future athletic events, including Southeastern Conference-sanctioned games.
The parks division’s request offered some insight into what kind of upgrades fans can expect:
“Miscellaneous repairs and renovations are to include new security systems, improvement to home and visitor locker rooms, upgrades to communication systems, and other general improvements,” the request stated.
Parks, Heritage and Tourism Department spokesman Melissa Whitfield told the ADG that the state has already spent $1.9 million renovating, upgrading and replacing the stadium’s infrastructure.
“This will be the final phase to meet the requirements of the contract with the U of A,” she told the ADG.
Sam Pittman’s squad is not scheduled to play in Little Rock this season. The next time the Hogs are scheduled to play at War Memorial is in November 2021 when UA hosts Missouri.
Whitfield told the ADG that a completion date has yet to be determined, but the renovations and upgrades will be done “before the football season of 2021” and well before the Battle Line Rivalry game.