Arkansas and Memphis set for 3-game football series beginning in 2025

The Arkansas football team will play Memphis for the first time since 1998 when the two teams begin a three-game series in 2025.

The first game is set for Sept. 20, 2025 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis. The second two games will be played in Fayetteville on Sept. 19, 2026 and on Sept. 9, 2028.

Memphis will receive $1 million for the 2028 game in Fayetteville, the school announced on Monday.

The two teams have played five times before. Arkansas beat Memphis in 1995 and 1998, but Memphis leads the overall series 3-2. The 2026 game will be the first time Memphis has played in Fayetteville. The two previous games in Arkansas were played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock in 1993 and 1995.

“I am excited for our fans throughout Arkansas and extending into Memphis that this series has come to fruition,” said Arkansas athletics director Hunter Yurachek. “Based on the proximity of the two institutions and their respective fan bases, I believe these games will generate tremendous interest.”

Allie Prescott, Memphis interim athletics director, agreed.

“We are all aware that our fans have asked for more of these types of games on our football schedule, Prescott said. “It’s important for us to find ways to keep our fan base energized about the future of our program under Coach Norvell’s leadership, and this is a great step in that direction.”

Arkansas now has two non-conference games scheduled for the 2025 season with Notre Dame’s first-ever visit to Fayetteville joining the Tigers on the schedule.

The Razorbacks open the 2019 season against Portland State in Fayetteville at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.