Report: Arkansas reaches decision on future of games in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium
It appears the uncertainty regarding the future of the Razorbacks in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium is about to be decided.
Arkansas is set to play Ole Miss in Little Rock on Saturday, Oct. 13, but no Arkansas games are officially scheduled to be played in Little Rock beyond that contest.
That looks to be changing though, as Eric Besson of Whole Hog Sports states that multiple sources have confirmed that Arkansas will host Missouri in Little Rock every other year. The Razorbacks annually face Mizzou on the week of Thanksgiving as the regular season comes to an end. According to Besson, in the seasons Missouri is not scheduled to travel to Little Rock, War Memorial Stadium will host Arkansas’ annual Red & White spring game.
The latest Razorback spring game was held in Little Rock due to the ongoing renovation to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
This is a complicated issue for many in Arkansas for a number of reasons.
Financial records show that Arkansas loses money playing in Little Rock compared to the money that could be generated playing in Fayetteville. The football program also loses an official recruiting weekend by playing in Little Rock, as teams are not permitted to host prospect away from campus. When you take into account Arkansas annually plays Texas A&M in Arlington, the Razorbacks will now be potentially losing two weekends of official recruiting dates every other year. That fact is a competitive disadvantage when it comes to the cutthroat recruiting in the SEC.
On the flipside, Arkansas is a program that proudly claims the entire state and games in Little Rock give fans outside of the northwest corner of the state an opportunity to come see the Razorbacks play.