Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism officially announced that games at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock will continue through 2024.
On Thursday, it was announced that three additional regular-season SEC games will take place at the stadium, pending SEC approval. Three Arkansas spring games also will be played at the site.
The Razorbacks will play Missouri at War Memorial Stadium during the 2019, 2021 and 2023 seasons “unless SEC scheduling necessitates playing another opponent,” per Arkansas’ release. In addition, Arkansas will seek waivers from the SEC to play spring football games at the stadium during the 2020, 2022 and 2024 seasons. The Razorbacks received a waiver to play their 2018 spring game in Little Rock because of ongoing construction at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The announcement came with a mention that facility improvements and enhancements will be made before the 2019 game at War Memorial Stadium. Ticket sales and revenue benchmarks for the SEC games also will be incorporated.
Arkansas began playing games at War Memorial Stadium in 1948. Last season, the Razorbacks beat Florida A&M at the site. The subject of continuing to play in Little Rock has been controversial for many within Arkansas’ fan base who prefer all games be played in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks will play Ole Miss on Oct. 13 in the final game of the previous agreement involving War Memorial Stadium.
Arkansas is entering its first season under coach Chad Morris. The Razorbacks finished 4-8 under Bret Bielema in 2017. Last season ended a streak of three consecutive bowl appearances for Arkansas.