SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Razorback fans turned out en masse for Arkansas' annual Football Kickoff Luncheon at the NWA Convention Center Friday afternoon. The event serves as an excellent introduction to the eagerly anticipated 2012 football season, with the Razorback squad and coaching staff in attendance. Head coach John L. Smith addressed the attendees, expressing his excitement about the beginning of the new football season and the preparedness of the football team.
The luncheon's program was directed onstage by former Arkansas basketball player and current ESPN analyst Jimmy Dykes. He introduced Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long and Coach Smith to the more than 1,000 people in attendance, and also conducted Q&As with the six Razorback captains.
"Nobody's going to work harder than our football team," Coach Smith told the crowd. "With every rep we get better and we get stronger. I told my players that the window of opportunity in life comes around only once in a while, and you had better be ready to jump through it. We have an opportunity this year to do some special things and be a special football team."
The Razorbacks continue practice Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The team will host Fan Day presented by Pepsi Max on Saturday, with autographs from Noon - 2 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena, and a scrimmage inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.
Arkansas opens its 2012 season Sept. 1 inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville against Jacksonville State. The game begins at 6 p.m. and will be shown on a pay-per-view basis with details to be announced. Tickets for four Fayetteville games are still on sale. Tickets for the non-conference games against Jacksonville State, Rutgers and Tulsa are $45, while tickets for the conference matchup against Kentucky are $55. Single-game tickets may be purchased online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com, in person at the Razorback Ticket Center or by phone at 800-982-HOGS. Fans ordering tickets online have the option to print the tickets from home utilizing UA's new eTicket system.
Little Rock season ticket packages, featuring games against ULM on Sept. 8 and Ole Miss on Oct. 27, are still available for $120. The Razorbacks and Rebels are set to square off inside War Memorial Stadium for the 16th time in series history, including the first meeting in 1913, and the first time since 1992. Tickets purchased for Little Rock contests are not available with a print-at-home option.
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