Courtesy, UA Athletics
The University of Arkansas is ready to move forward on a major expansion to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
Athletics officials this week are scheduled to ask the UA Board of Trustees for permission begin an estimated $160 million capital campaign for the project, which will included a north end zone addition, updates to existing areas, and a new Broyles Athletic Center.
Here’s the basic plan, according to the UA:
- North End Zone – The north addition will include new suites, loge boxes, club seats, and club areas. The east and west concourses will connect to allow flow of patrons around the stadium, as well as provide new concessions and restrooms. Additional and expanded entrances will improve patron flow. A new gameday locker room, training room, and pre/post game support rooms will be added for the football team.
- Stadium updates – New elevators will be installed at the northeast and northwest corners to service the existing east and west suites, club areas, and upper level seating. Existing suites and club areas will be renovated and updated. A new video board will be added at the south end of the stadium. Security and safety systems will be enhanced.
- Broyles Athletic Center – The Broyles Center will be affected by the larger north end zone project, and will be rebuilt in the new north end. The Broyles Center will still house the administrative offices, along with space that can be used for ticketing, merchandise, and Razorback history and traditions.
Officials said the project will be funded entirely by athletics revenues, capital gifts, and bond proceeds from a future bond issue. No university funds will be required to complete this project, but season ticket and single-game ticket prices are expected to be adjusted.
“This project is about improving the gameday experience for every Razorback fan,” said Razorbacks athletics director Jeff Long. “The addition of a north end zone will connect fans throughout the stadium. Renovated suite and club areas will provide a variety of options for fans.
“Reducing prices in the upper level of the stadium and providing a lower priced standing room only ticket will give every Arkansan an opportunity to cheer on the Hogs.”
If approved, the department will bring the project back to the board one final time with updates on financial commitments and ticket sales, along with a resolution of intent for the bonding requirements before construction begins.
The last major update to the 77-year-old stadium was in 2001 when an upper deck was added to the east side, along with club seats and suites at the south end.