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War Memorial Stadium

09/06/2005
Arkansas
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The Razorbacks' home venue in Central Arkansas for 65 years, War Memorial Stadium/AT&T Field is slated to host Arkansas football games until 2018 after an agreement was reached in November 2013. Beginning with the 2014 season, Arkansas will play one game in Little Rock with two SEC games included in that span.

Three-year UA letterman and Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Maurice (Footsie) Britt was the featured speaker during dedication ceremonies for War Memorial Stadium on Sept. 18, 1948. On that day, a crowd of 24,950 (a record football attendance in Arkansas at that time) watched the Razorbacks defeat Abilene Christian, 40-6.

During its 65-year existence, the facility has expanded from its original capacity of 31,000 to its current figure of 53,955.

A complete lighting system and Astroturf surface were added for the 1970 season with a new artificial surface to follow in 1974. Ten years later, another new layer of artificial turf was installed before a return to natural grass was made in 1994. AstroPlay was installed for the 2002 season. War Memorial Stadium installed a new turf manufactured by Field Turf during the summer of 2010 and the field was named AT&T Field. In addition, a new 7.5 million dollar press box that includes 500 club seats was constructed for the 2010 football season. The War Memorial Stadium Commission along with the University of Arkansas Athletic Department has renovated the Razorback Letterman's Club and Recruit Room.

In 1974, the press box was honored as the best in the nation by the Football Writers Association of America, a recognition for the facility and the services provided. The press floor is now named for longtime sportswriter and an authority on Razorback history, Orville Henry.

WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM FACTS
Capacity: 53,955

First Game and Dedication: Sept. 18, 1948 (Arkansas 40, Abilene Christian 6)

Arkansas' War Memorial Stadium Record: 149-55-2 (.728)

UA's Little Rock Record: 167-68-4 (.707)

IMPORTANT DATES IN WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM HISTORY
DATE -- SIGNIFICANCE -- SCORE
Sept. 18, 1948 -- first game dedication -- Arkansas 40, Abilene Christian 6
Sept. 12, 1970 -- first game on Astroturf surface -- Stanford 34, Arkansas 28
Sept. 20, 1969 -- first game with lights -- Arkansas 39, Oklahoma State 0
Nov. 23, 1991 -- last Southwest Conference game -- Arkansas 20, Rice 0
Sept. 13, 1992 -- first Southeastern Conference game -- Alabama 38, Arkansas 11
Sept. 3, 1994 -- first game on new natural grass surface -- Arkansas 34, SMU 14
Feb. 11, 2000 -- UA Board of Trustees approves plan for games at War Memorial Stadium for at least 15 years

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