The Razorbacks in Barnhill Arena
The addition of gymnastics prompted Barnhill Arena, previously the largest volleyball-only facility in the country, to welcome its new roommate.
And Barnhill Arena did it’s best to throw one heck of a welcome party!
Barnhill began it’s adaptation to a volleyball/gymnastics facility with an internal face lift. Some of the changes included a new paint job in areas immediately surrounding the playing surface, new lights to accommodate the space requirements of gymnastics and a state-of-the-art sound system and scoreboards that are both gymnastics and fan friendly.
When the Razorbacks finally reached campus in the fall of 2002 the fans came as well.
Taken from a movie, the now-famous line “If you build it, they will come” couldn’t be a better fit for the team’s inaugural season.
In fact, the fans came in droves and by the end of the 2003 season, Arkansas ranked fourth in the nation in attendance averaging 4,739 people per event.
Arkansas’ season-best came against fourth-ranked Alabama when 5,524 fans passed through the turnstiles for the meet. That mark ranked sixth-best in the nation for a single meet last year. The Alabama meet attendance was just one of a pair of 5,000-plus fans as Arkansas welcomed 5,427 against fifth-ranked Florida.
The Razorbacks saw 4,732 fans against fourth-ranked Georgia and 4,231 fans packed Barnhill against No. 16 Denver in the first meet ever in the arena.
Things continued to flourish for the Arkansas gymnastics team as they continue to be a team that is competitive on the Regional and National level.