The Arkansas Razorbacks Athletics Department will seek approval this week from the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees to move forward with a full design and cost estimate for a renovation of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium , including an addition in the north end zone of the stadium.
The release on the school’s website didn’t indicate how many new seats the stadium would hold or a time frame in which the project would be scheduled for completion.
The preliminary cost for the project is estimated at $160 million, which will be funded entirely by athletics revenues, capital gifts and bond proceeds from a future bond issue, according to a release on the school’s website. Season ticket and single-game ticket price adjustments will also be implemented. Bonds will be settled using athletic revenues generated from the stadium.
No university funds will be required to complete this project.
“After analyzing extensive information produced as part of our feasibility study and gathering feedback from our donors and fans, we are ready to move forward with the next step in a major renovation at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said.
The addition to the north end zone would connect to the existing east and west concourses, allowing fans to flow around the entire stadium. There will be new restrooms and concessions in the north end zone addition as well as additional and expanded entrances to improve the flow of entry for fans.
The north end zone will include new suites, loge boxes, club seats and club areas and will also have a new gameday locker room, training room and pre/post game support rooms added for the football team.
New elevators will be installed at the northeast and northwest corners to service the existing east and west suites, club areas and upper level seating. Existing suites and club areas will be renovated and updated. A new video board will be added at the south end of the stadium. Security and safety systems will be enhanced.
The Broyles Center will be rebuilt in the new north end. The Broyles Center will still house the administrative offices, along with space that can be used for ticketing, merchandise and Razorback history and traditions.
“This project is about improving the gameday experience for every Razorback fan,” Long said. “The addition of a north end zone will connect fans throughout the stadium. Renovated suite and club areas will provide a variety of options for fans. Reducing prices in the upper level of the stadium and providing a lower priced standing room only ticket will give every Arkansan an opportunity to cheer on the Hogs. This is the next step for Razorback Football and the legacy of the on-campus Home of the Razorbacks.”
Arkansas has one of its best home schedules in history in 2016 with four SEC home games in Fayetteville including LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and Florida.
The last major Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium renovation was completed in time for the 2001 season.