Donald W. Reynold Razorback Stadium – Arkansas Razorbacks
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Calling the Hogs in Arkansas
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas on the campus of the University of Arkansas. The stadium is on the west side of campus, and has been home to the Arkansas Razorbacks football team for over 75 years. In that timespan, the Hogs have played 280 games here, and won more than 65 percent of those contests. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium originally opened as University Stadium on September 24, 1938, with capacity for 13,500 spectators; the first game played here was against Oklahoma A&M (now known as Oklahoma State University). The stadium moniker was almost immediately changed to Bailey Stadium (after then sitting Arkansas Governor Carl Bailey), but in 1941 received the proper name of Razorback Stadium. Then in 2001, in honor of the late Donald W. Reynolds, the stadium was given its current name, while the playing field was named in honor of former athletic director and winningest head football coach in Arkansas history, Frank Broyles (the facility on the north side of the stadium is called the Frank Broyles Athletic Complex).
The current capacity of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is listed at 72K, however, there have been several games that surpassed that number, with the all-time single game attendance record of 76,808 being set on September 25, 2010 versus the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Food & Beverage 4
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium features a wide variety of concessions options, with several types of food and an assortment of Pepsi products. The main stands offer all of your basic fare such as hot dogs, popcorn, and nachos, along with a few extras like smoked pork sandwiches or Tusk Turkey Legs – named after the school’s live mascot. These food items range from $3 to $10, while beverages range from $4 to $6. The rest of the stadium menu is from local or national restaurants ranging from Pizza Hut, Top Dog Hot Dogs, AQ Chicken, and Yarnell’s Ice Cream, along with my favorite, Hog Wild BBQ. At Hog Wild BBQ, the menu is small, but the food is worth the price. A BBQ sandwich and chips or BBQ pork nachos cost $8, while sausage on a stick is a little cheaper at $5. There are also numerous carts and kiosks throughout the stadium, with Philly cheesesteaks, meatball subs, or Italian sausage. In addition, there is a spacious food court near the team’s main apparel store where you can sit and eat. However, although there is certainly enough variety in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, there is no substitute for better deals and better food than eating in the local neighborhood restaurants before or after the game.
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium’s setting is one of the more picturesque places in the SEC. The stadium’s upper deck view of the vistas and surrounding Boston Mountains on the south side show off the beauty of The Natural State. The festive game day atmosphere begins several hours before kickoff with tailgating around campus. While almost all of the tailgating spaces have to be rented, there are areas reserved for free tailgating; if interested, you can visit the Arkansas Razorbacks’ game day information website.
Besides tailgating, there is so much to do and see for pregame activities, as Razorback Athletics provide a free pregame atmosphere at the AT&T Zone at the gardens. This includes inflatable games for kids, live music, TVs, and food and drink vendors. Also at the AT&T Zone, two hours before kickoff you can witness the team walk and pep rally. In addition, on the north side of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, near The Pit (a colony of white tents), is the Frank Broyles Athletic Center. Inside, fans are welcome to walk through the history of Arkansas football, from the early beginnings through the changing of conferences from Southwest to Southeastern, with numerous artifacts and trophies, especially the ones for the 1964 National Championship.
As game time approaches, Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium becomes a sea of red, with the Razorback Marching Band setting the stage by forming a huge ‘A.’ This formation becomes a reality when the announcer introduces the marching band; the band then marches the length of the field while playing Arkansas Fight. When they finish, there is an ‘A’ symbol that stretches from the Razorback locker room all the way to midfield. The band then plays Arkansas Fight again while the crowd roars, as the Razorback football team enters the field from the north side of the stadium, through a tunnel from the Broyles Athletic Center. See the band performing, and the team coming onto the field, below:
Above the Athletic Center is a massive scoreboard, the biggest in the SEC and fourth largest in college football. It measures out to a little less than 6,300 square feet. Every time the Hogs score, fireworks are launched off of the Center’s roof. During the game, the spirit squads and the three Razorback mascots, Big Red, Pork Chop, and Boss Hog, signal the crowd for certain cheers. Throughout the game, the fans stand and are very vocal, cheering and of course calling the hogs; ‘Calling the Hogs’ is the ritual where Arkansas fans raise their arms while moving their fingers in unison while unleashing a high-pitched yell of the words “Wooooooooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Wooooooooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Wooooooooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Razorbacks!” It is definitely unique and interesting to hear 70K fans in unison calling the hogs.
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is on the west side of the University of Arkansas’ campus in Fayetteville. Fayetteville, the third largest city in Arkansas, is on the outskirts of the Boston Mountains, within the scenic Ozarks. Fayetteville’s population of around 80K is just slightly more than the capacity of their football stadium. Fayetteville is a model college town. The University of Arkansas is just a short walk from Dickson Street, the city’s main artery. Dickson Street has a long list of bars, restaurants, and other entertainment options for visitors. Fayetteville seems to be safe for walking, however, the terrain is very hilly, especially throughout the campus. Popular hangouts include the Hog Haus Brewing Company, Grub’s Bar & Grille, Brewski’s, and the rooftop of the West End. There is plenty of live music as well, so be sure to check out George’s Majestic Lounge, or Willy D’s Piano Bar. Foghorn’s has two locations around Fayetteville, serving up beer and wings, with its closest location right across the street from the school’s baseball venue, Baum Stadium.
The lodging around campus can be scarce, as on football game days the city of Fayetteville almost doubles in population. However, there are a few choices around the area; in downtown Fayetteville the Chancellor Hotel is a great choice, or there is a Staybridge Suites near Baum Stadium. There are also chain hotels, such as Candlewood Suites and Hampton Inn off I-49 at the MLK exit, and if you can’t secure lodging in Fayetteville, then check out historic Fort Smith; Fort Smith is about 45 minutes south of Fayetteville, off I-40.
There are plenty of serious Razorback fans, one of the most recognized being Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, a member of the 1964 National Championship team. Mr. Jones, along with his wife, have put a stamp on the Razorback program with the building of the Jerry and Gene Jones Family Student-Athlete Success Building, along with sponsoring the annual Southwest Classic (a football game featuring the Arkansas Razorbacks versus the Texas A&M Aggies), which is played in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium. Razorback fans have a common purpose when attending a Razorbacks game, and that is ‘Calling the Hogs.’ No matter the size of the crowd, the fans stand for the majority of the game, and are well engaged in everything from the band, the spirit squads, and the action on the field. Overall, the fans are certainly knowledgeable and passionate when it comes to rooting for their Hogs.
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is nestled in the hills of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The location of Fayetteville itself can make access difficult for visiting fans, as the campus is amid a large collection of hills in the Boston Mountains. Once you arrive in Fayetteville, the parking is just like other major football programs, with close parking only for donors or season ticket holders. However, general parking is available for $20 at the Harmon Avenue Parking Garage located north of Center Street, or you can park for free at Baum Stadium, which is about a mile from the football field. Parking spaces are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there is shuttle service provided to and from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium beginning four hours prior to game time.
There are plenty of entrances into Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, and going in brings an old time feel, as the entrances are small. However, the stadium concourses are wide enough for an easy transition around the stadium, although the signage can be very confusing for first time fans; once you see a map or have walked around the stadium a little the transition becomes easier.
The best way to reach the upper decks is using the ramps, as the elevators can have a long and frustrating wait. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium also has seating areas for ADA / handicapped guests to watch the game; if needed check with the ticket office to make sure you can be accommodated.
Easier access to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium can be achieved by getting to Fayetteville early and getting some decent parking, leaving more time to enjoy the pregame atmosphere of Razorback football. However, leaving after the game is a little more time consuming. Although the entry and exit routes are well-planned and will get you to your destination, the tight area around the stadium is packed. As a result, some fans just hang out and maybe have a postgame tailgate until the traffic has whittled itself out.
Return on Investment 4
The average ticket price for Razorback games is around $46, which ranks Arkansas as one of the cheapest tickets in the SEC. There is free parking if you choose to seek it out, and the walking distance from there isn’t that much different from the general paid parking. The concessions stands have typical prices, so eating before or after the game around Fayetteville would be advised if you are looking to get the best return on your trip. Overall, the ROI is excellent to see a wonderful football atmosphere in what some will argue is the best football conference in the country.
The setting is great, with the stadium’s south side upper deck view of the Boston Mountains. Also, seeing the live mascot ‘Tusk IV’ being brought into the stadium before kickoff is really unique, with the cheerleaders standing above the cage before it is parked in the corner of the stadium for the rest of the game, near the section where the visiting fans and band sit. Also, the tradition of the Razorback players running through the ‘A,’ along with all the years of history of Razorback football throughout the stadium, provide special extras when visiting Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
A trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas anytime is a wonderful adventure, as you travel into one of the most scenic college campus towns in the country; the ‘Natural State’ motto is truly appropriate for the campus nestled in the Boston Mountains.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Fayetteville for any college football fan; the fans are pleasant and the atmosphere unique, but the tradition of ‘Calling the Hogs’ makes the trip a must. Wooooooooooooo, Pig! Sooie!
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