Arkansas will take on Missouri in Little Rock, Ark., at War Memorial Stadium in alternating years, according to report from Arkansas Online’s Eric Besson.
The subject of playing games in Little Rock is a controversial one for many in the Arkansas fan base. Arkansas will play Ole Miss on Oct. 13 in what will be the final game of the school’s current contract with the city.
An official announcement regarding the Missouri series is expected to be announced on Thursday at 10 a.m. Missouri and Arkansas traditionally play on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Missouri won the matchup last season in what ended up being Bret Bielema’s final game as Arkansas coach. He has been replaced by Chad Morris.
Per Besson, in years when the Missouri game is not played in the stadium, Arkansas will play its spring game in Little Rock. Arkansas played its 2018 spring game in Little Rock.
Arkansas first began playing games at War Memorial Stadium in 1948. Last season, the Razorbacks beat Florida A&M in the stadium.
Former Arkansas defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson, however, voiced his displeasure of playing in the stadium earlier this month.
“Many fans are ready to be done with Little Rock,” Jackson wrote on Twitter. “I can tell you 1st hand that the players hate playing in Little Rock. It’s time to be done with it.”
However, Jackson also predicted that the games in Little Rock would be ending soon, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
If this game does move to a “neutral” site, it wouldn’t be the first SEC matchup to do so, as Georgia and Florida play in Jacksonville, Fla., every year. And while some Georgia and Florida fans would like to see each other’s stadium, both sets of fan bases are very happy with the current arrangement.
Arkansas will open its 2018 season on Sept. 1 when it takes on Eastern Illinois.