FAYETTEVILLE – More than 1,000 Razorback Foundation members and fans got a behind-the-scenes look at the spacious new Fred W. Smith Football Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas on Saturday. Fans streamed through the $40 million Home of Razorback Football on a self-guided tour during the three-hour public open house event.
The Fred W. Smith Football Center opened last August and was dedicated earlier this season in ceremonies held in conjunction with the Arkansas-Southern Mississippi game.
"We are pleased by the large number of Razorback Foundation members and fans who took time out of their weekend to tour the Fred W. Smith Football Center," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "We would not have this beautiful building without the generous contributions of our Razorback Foundation members and the support of Razorback fans. Today’s open house is just one way we can say thank you for all they have done to help support our program and Razorback student-athletes."
The 80,000 square-foot Fred W. Smith Football Center includes a spacious locker room, team meeting rooms, training room, equipment room, a student-athlete lounge and study area, coaches’ offices, a recruiting reception area and football displays celebrating the tradition of Razorback Football.
In the fall of 2012 as part of the football center project, two new practice fields and a parking deck were completed south of the Walker Family Training Center providing the football team with spectacular new practice venues and university faculty and students with approximately 225 covered parking spaces.