War Memorial Stadium
When the Razorbacks play in Little Rock, War Memorial Stadium is the home. Currently holding 53,727 fans, the stadium was dedicated in 1948 with a capacity of only 31,500.
Dedicated on September 18, 1948, Arkansas built two major traditions with its 40-6 win over Abilene Christian. The first was the crowd - at 24,950 a record attendance for football in the state for Arkansas. The second was the win - the first of 117 for the Razorbacks in Little Rock.
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Maurice (Footsie) Britt, a three-year Arkansas letterwinner, was the dedication speaker.
The stadium's original capacity was expanded from 31,500 to 53,727, and the original grass field replaced during the 1960s.
Arkansas went to artificial turf and a complete lighting system in 1969. A new artificial turf surfaces were placed in 1974 and 1984. As the time to recarpet approached in 1994, War Memorial returned to natural grass.
The press box was voted the best in the nation by the Football Writers Association in 1974, an honor for both the physical facility and the services provided.
A stadium record 55,912 fans jammed into War Memorial to see eventual national champion Alabama defeat Arkansas, 38-11, on September 19, 1992. It also was the first Southeastern Conference game played at the facility.
Arkansas has won 117, lost 47 and tied three games in War Memorial Stadium.
War Memorial Stadium Milestones
- September 18, 1948: First Game - UA 40, Abilene Christian 6
- September 12, 1970: First Game - On Astroturf - Stanford 34, UA 28
- November 23, 1991: Last SWC Game - UA 20, Rice 0
- September 19, 1992: First SEC Game - Alabama 38, UA 11
Source: University of Arkansas Men's Athletics Department
June 24, 2010
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The War Memorial Stadium Commission in Little Rock, Ark., has sold naming rights to the football field in the stadium to AT&T. Terms were not released. AT&T will get to put its name in block letters on both 20-yard lines. It will supplant the Bank of America sign outside the stadium. It will get other considerations in a five-year deal.
LITTLE ROCK MAY UPGRADE STADIUM TO KEEP RAZORBACKS
February 9, 2012
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Little Rock, Ark. - War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock is looking at expanding in an attempt to keep the Razorbacks playing there.
KUAR reports that in October Razorback Athletic Director Jeff Long announced $300 million in improvements and expansions to University of Arkansas sports programs. That includes additional seating to the 72,000-seat Razorback stadium in Fayetteville which prompted a firestorm of questions about the future of the Razorbacks playing at the smaller War Memorial in Little Rock. Long said at the time that the decision will be made in the future.
War Memorial Director Charlie Staggs refused to talk to KUAR, but told the Associated Press he is nervous that the Razorbacks may play fewer than the two games a year in the Little Rock stadium which only seats around 54,000. Staggs says the commission is trying to entice the Razorbacks to continue to play in Little Rock after its contract with the school is up following the 2016 season. He says the commission will further review ideas for expanding seating to War Memorial Stadium when it meets later this month.