Im­prove­ments to Ra­zor­back Game­days com­ing soon

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - By Sean Laughlin

You can ask a hun­dred peo­ple in the North­west Arkansas area what their fa­vorite days of the year are, and a vast ma­jor­ity of them will say, “Ra­zor­back game­days.” It is the whole ex­pe­ri­ence of game­days, not just from open­ing kick off to when the clock hits zero. But, from the be­fore hand tail­gat­ing to what­ever hap­pens af­ter, fall Satur­days, are the best kind of days. The Univer­sity of Arkansas foot­ball team has called Don­ald W Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium home for decades. The on-cam­pus sta­dium has filled up every game each fall, with fans and stu­dents from across the coun­try to en­joy their Ra­zor­backs take the field. The fans have al­ways given love and sup­port to the Hogs, now the Hogs are giv­ing back.

Since the end of the 2016 sea­son, con­struc­tion has taken place at the home of the Ra­zor­backs, and will con­tinue all the way through the 2017 sea­son to be fin­ished be­fore the home opener in 2018. Some of the new projects that have been in the works since De­cem­ber will be able to be seen this year though. In­clud­ing the first south end­zone video board as well as one back in the north end­zone; be­ing the first time that there will be two large video boards in Don­ald W Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium.

The new screens are just the be­gin­ning of a much larger project that will be com­pleted prior to next sea­son.

Be­gin­ning in 2018, Don­ald W Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium will look brand new to the Hog faith­ful. Build­ing seats in the north end­zone will add 4,800+ seats for more Ra­zor­back fans to en­joy the game­day ex­pe­ri­ence. Other ad­di­tions for more fans to be at the sta­dium are ‘stand­ing room only spa­ces,’ as well as North and South end­zone lux­ury suits, new clubs and loge boxes. Th­ese clubs and boxes will be a brand new seat­ing op­por­tu­nity to give a unique seat for more of a so­cial set­ting.

Don’t you worry Ra­zor­back fans, the ren­o­va­tion doesn’t mean a facelift of the his­toric sta­dium. Tra­di­tions such as the sig­na­ture spot where you can look into the sta­dium in the north­east cor­ner as well as the ‘Hog Walk’ for fans to see their fa­vorite play­ers en­ter the Frank Broyles Ath­letic Cen­ter be­fore each game, are not go­ing any­where. Arkansas fans don’t just sup­port their foot­ball team; they are one of the most faith­ful fan bases for all sports in the coun­try. From the grid­iron, to the court, to the di­a­mond, if the team has Arkansas writ­ten across their chest, you can count on a large crowd cheer­ing them on, and mul­ti­ple ‘Wooo-Pig-Sooie’ calls.

Some of the new projects that have been in the works since De­cem­ber will be ready this year.

Other ren­o­va­tions have gone on through­out the ath­letic depart­ment to help re­cruit the top stu­dent-ath­letes in the coun­try to play in front of the best fans.

In 2015, a 66,000 square-foot bas­ket­ball per­for­mance cen­ter opened for both the men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball teams. The cen­ter has two full prac­tice courts, locker rooms, weight room, ath­letic train­ing room, coaches’ of­fices, meet­ing room, and study room. As well as the in­cred­i­ble Bud Wal­ton Arena for fans to en­joy their Hogs ball out on the court.

A cou­ple of years be­fore that, the Fowler Fam­ily Base­ball and Track Train­ing Cen­ter was built which is truly one of the best in­door fa­cil­i­ties in the na­tion. Such fa­cil­ity was even men­tioned by ESPN Col­lege Base­ball an­a­lyst, Kyle Peter­son, say­ing that when talk­ing about top fa­cil­i­ties in the na­tion, “you have to start in Fayet­teville, Arkansas.” To go with that, Baum Sta­dium, is known as one of the pre­miere col­lege base­ball sta­di­ums to watch a game.

The ath­letic depart­ment at the Univer­sity of Arkansas knows how amaz­ing their fans are. The fans are loyal, loud and love their Ra­zor­backs. That loy­alty is be­ing re­warded by the new sta­dium and other ren­o­va­tions to im­prove the qual­ity of ath­letes com­ing to Fayet­teville.

The 2017 Fayet­teville home foot­ball sched­ule be­gins when the Horned Frogs of Texas Chris­tian Univer­sity (TCU), make their way into Don­ald W. Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium to take on the Ra­zor­backs on Septem­ber 9.

NWADG File Photo

THE BRONZE STATUE OF FOR­MER UNIVER­SITY OF ARKANSAS ATH­LETIC DI­REC­TOR AND HEAD FOOT­BALL COACH FRANK BROYLES now stands out­side of the south­west cor­ner of the Ra­zor­back Foot­ball Sta­dium on the cam­pus in Fayet­teville. The statue has been re­lo­cated be­cause of ex­pan­sion work on the north side of the sta­dium.

NWADG File Photo |

DON­ALD W. REYNOLDS RA­ZOR­BACK STA­DIUM in Fayet­teville.

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