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Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
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Former names University Stadium (1938)
Bailey Stadium (1938-1941)
Razorback Stadium (1941-2001)
Location North Stadium Drive and West Maple Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701
Coordinates 36°4′5″N 94°10′44″W / 36.06806°N 94.17889°W / 36.06806; -94.17889Coordinates: 36°4′5″N 94°10′44″W / 36.06806°N 94.17889°W / 36.06806; -94.17889
Opened 1938
Owner University of Arkansas
Operator University of Arkansas
Surface PowerBlade 2.5[1]
Natural grass (1938-68, 1994-2008)
AstroTurf (1969-93)
Capacity 76,000
Tenants
Arkansas Razorbacks (NCAA) (1938-present)

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is the home of the Arkansas Razorbacks football team of the University of Arkansas, which is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA.

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Football use

The actual field the Razorbacks play on is now named Frank Broyles field. The field was dedicated to Frank Broyles on Nov. 3, 2007.

Razorback Stadium is nestled in the Ozarks.

In the year 2001, the stadium was expanded to a 72,000 seat capacity from its previous capacity of 51,000 seats, before being expanded to 76,000 in the 2006 season from the addition of top bleachers. In addition to the additional seating, several improvements were made. A new scoreboard was installed with the, then, largest Smartvision LED screen (often incorrectly referred to as a Jumbotron; it is nicknamed the "PigScreen") incorporated into it. Also, luxury boxes, expanded food court, revitalized locker rooms, and the Bob and Marilyn Bogle Academic Center were all part of the improvements that were made. The Frank Broyles Athletics Center, home to the Razorback Athletic Department and named after Frank Broyles, is located at the north end of the Stadium; the Center was built in 1975 and renovated in 1994 and also features the Jerry Jones/Jim Lindsey Hall of Champions, a museum to University of Arkansas sports.

The stadium is not the only "home" of the Razorback football team. Some of the "home" games (usually 2 or 3 each season) are played in War Memorial Stadium which is located in Little Rock, Arkansas, approximately 190 miles (305 km) (by interstate) from the University of Arkansas main campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After somewhat of a statewide controversy (some people wanted all the games played in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback stadium, while some people wanted games to continue being split with War Memorial Stadium), in 2001 an agreement was signed with War Memorial Stadium to allow "home" games to be played at War Memorial for the next 15 seasons.

Stadium characteristics

Previous Razorback Stadium

Before 1938, the Hogs (another name for the Arkansas Razorbacks) played in a 300-seat stadium built in the year 1901 on land on top of "The Hill" which is now occupied by Mullins Library and the Fine Arts Center (in the "center" of campus). When this stadium was first dedicated, it was called "University Stadium" which changed within weeks to "Bailey Stadium" after then Arkansas Governor Carl E. Bailey. The name was changed again in 1941 to Razorback Stadium. The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation made a major contribution to the 2001 stadium expansion, which was then honored by adding Reynolds' name to the stadium.

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References

  1. ^ "Arkansas selects turf for Razorback Stadium." 06/02/2009. Article. Retrieved on June 4, 2009.

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