FAYETTEVILLE - There are many events surrounding Saturday's Homecoming football game between Arkansas and Tulsa inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The game begins at 11:21 a.m. and will be broadcast nationally on SEC Network, which will be available on 40/29 TV in Northwest Arkansas, KATV in Little Rock and KAIT in Jonesboro.
The weekend kicks off with the Homecoming parade Friday at 6 p.m., leading up to the pep rally scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Greek Theatre. The men's basketball team plays its first exhibition game Friday at 7 p.m. against Southwest Baptist inside Bud Walton Arena, and the women's basketball team wraps up the weekend Sunday when they host Rogers State in an exhibition game at 2 p.m.
Due to the football game's early start, the Broyles Center Museum will be closed pre game but open for two hours following the conclusion of the game. The Hog Heaven store located in Bud Walton Arena, as well as the Bud Walton Arena Museum, will open at 9 a.m. and close at kickoff.
The AT&T Fan Zone in the Gardens, which is free to the public, opens at 8:30 a.m. The AT&T Fan Zone offers inflatable games for kids, televisions and food and drink vendors. A pep rally featuring the Razorback Marching Band and Spirit Squad is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the AT&T Fan Zone, and a concert featuring Backroad Anthem begins following the pep rally. As part of the AT&T Fan Zone, fans have access to the large "Holding Pen" pavilion in the Gardens on game day. The pavilion will provide seating and several large televisions for fans to watch other college games before the Razorbacks take the field.
The team is scheduled to arrive for the Hog Walk, which begins north of the stadium at the top of Lot 44, at approximately 9 a.m. Razorback football stretch banners will be handed out to the first 5,000 students as they enter the stadium Saturday.
A limited number of tickets remain that can be purchased online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or by calling 800-982-HOGS. UA students who did not purchase the Razorback Access Pass should visit the tent located between Gates 15 and 16 for potential ticket availability determined near kickoff.
Handheld mobile captioning devices are new this season as a service to our guests who are hearing impaired. The service provides real-time captions for all public address announcements. The limited number of handheld devices are available for check out at Guest Services located at Gate 16.
Sodexo now has the ability to accept credit card payment at all permanent concession stands throughout the stadium. Fans may use their Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Diner's Club, and JCB credit cards. Debit cards are also accepted provided they are set up to scan as a credit card transaction that does not require a P.I.N. code.
This season, patrons will see some added safety and security measures including a revised bag policy, no pedestrian access directly behind the stadium and E-Tickets.
Football Fan Guide
The 2012 Football Fan Guide is now available for fans at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. The guide provides helpful information on parking, shuttle service, prohibited items (including but not limited to bags, except those necessary for childcare or medical conditions or purses no larger than 14 x 10 x 10, backpacks, video cameras, camera bags and still cameras with lens length exceeding 6 inches), a stadium diagram as well as stadium information and amenities. Services available again this year for fans include Child Locator ID Bracelets and a Stadium Texting Service. More information about these services and many others can be found in the guide.
No Pedestrian Access To Stadium On Game Day
Starting with the first game on Sept. 1, please be aware with construction of the New Football Center, pedestrian access is no longer available in the area directly south of the stadium. As part of the construction, the driveway off Razorback Road was eliminated and no longer affords pedestrian access to either the East or West sides of the stadium via the East/West thruway directly behind the stadium.
This policy reflects the university's ongoing commitment to recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security. "Except for bags required for child care or medical conditions, all bags, back packs, fanny packs, camera and binocular cases or other similar items and purses larger than 14" long (side-to-side) x 10" wide (front to back) x 10" deep (top to bottom) are prohibited. All purses allowed into the stadium will be searched. Containers measuring 14" long x 10" wide x 10" deep will be placed at each entry to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, shuttle pick up locations and selected parking lots. Purses that do not fit into the container will not be permitted inside the stadium."
Razorback E-Tickets, a customer friendly interactive digital ticketing solution, has been implemented for the 2012 University of Arkansas football season. With the change to digital ticket scanning, Razorback football fans will benefit from the heightened protection against counterfeit tickets and can take advantage of new digital ticketing services including print-at-home single game tickets and ticket transfers for season ticket holders. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, like many other college and professional venues, will scan all tickets using a bar-code on each ticket to verify admission. Scanning will identify counterfeit and stolen tickets and provide improved security and service. Help windows will be located at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at Gates 1, 13 and 16 to help fans with any ticket scanning issues or to answer questions regarding the new technology. It is recommended that fans plan on arriving earlier than normal to avoid any delays in entering the stadium in the initial implementation of the new digital ticketing system.
Victory Village Debuts For 2012 Season
The University of Arkansas Athletic Department debuted Victory Village, a reserved tailgating area near Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, for the 2012 football regular season. The Athletic Department has established the program, which will be coordinated by Intents Party Rentals, to provide fans a convenient, worry-free tailgate experience close to the stadium. There will be several basic packages offered that include set up and tear down, along with multiple add-on options, lending to an individually tailored, carefree gameday tailgate. Victory Village will have two areas, a Victory Village North located above Lot 44 by the John W. Tyson Poultry Science building, and Victory Village East located across Stadium Drive from Lot 44 on the Administration Hill. For more information, contact Intents Party Rentals at 479-251-8368.
Your cooperation and consideration of all tailgating policies, which can be found in the 2012 Arkansas Football Fan Guide, will be especially helpful as it pertains to one parking space/one car, no tents permitted in a parking space and adherence to the policies about the installation and size of tents. Setting up tents, awnings and similar equipment for tailgates may commence at 5 p.m. on Friday. Reminder to tailgaters, that tailgating setup and activities in parking lots and on university property is not permitted prior to 5 p.m. on Friday. The items must be taken down and removed by Noon on Sunday. If a tent is placed before 5 p.m. on Friday, it will be removed and can be picked up from lost and found through Facilities Management, which can be contacted at 575-5050.
Counterfeit Tickets and Parking Passes
With one of the most highly anticipated home schedules in school history in 2012, the University of Arkansas is reminding fans about the risks of purchasing and using either counterfeit tickets or parking passes. Both game tickets and parking passes are distributed by the UA Athletic Department and the Razorback Foundation. If fans have any doubt about the validity of their game ticket or parking pass, they can visit the UA Athletic Ticket Office on Razorback Road to verify either during regular business hours, between 8:30 and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. On game day, they can visit the Ticket Office at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium's Gate 1 starting three hours prior to kickoff. Further, those suspecting they have a counterfeit ticket or parking pass in their possession should contact UAPD to report this as soon as possible. The UA Athletic Ticket Office would also like to remind fans that any persons attempting to enter the stadium with a counterfeit ticket could be denied admission and subject to an investigation. Also, any person discovered inside the stadium with a stolen or counterfeit ticket will be escorted out. Additionally, to protect the integrity of valid parking passes and parking space on game day, parking attendants will be stationed at lot entrances and will be stopping vehicles to mark each parking pass as the vehicle passes through. Any persons attempting to enter a lot with a counterfeit parking pass could be denied admission and subject to an investigation. Also, any vehicle discovered inside a lot with a counterfeit parking pass will be removed from the lot.
Travel to the Stadium
Fans are reminded that if you are parking in lots South of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, it may be best to enter campus off of I-540 at Martin Luther King (Exit #62). If you are parking in lots North of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, it may be best to enter campus off of 1-540 at Wedington Drive (Exit #64). As a reminder, traffic control begins four hours prior to kick. The pre-game and post-game traffic routes can be found in the 2012 Football Fan Guide at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Fan Code of Conduct
Razorback fans are the best of the best. They model this by loudly supporting the Razorbacks and displaying respect and good sportsmanship toward the visiting team and visiting fans. The NCAA, SEC and UA have assigned a high priority to assuring athletic events are conducted in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere which promotes good sportsmanship by spectators, student-athletes and coaches. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants, officials, those around you, and event management in a positive manner and treating others with courtesy and respect. Refrain from throwing objects onto the field for any reason. Do not enter the playing areas at any time, unless directed to do so in an emergency situation, including after-game celebrations.