FAYETTEVILLE – A pre-season nationally ranked squad fresh off a College World Series appearance has helped make Razorback Baseball’s return to Central Arkansas a hot ticket.
For the first time in 23 years, the University of Arkansas is headed back to Central Arkansas to play baseball. Advanced tickets for the Razorbacks’ May 11 game against Louisiana Tech went on sale on Dec. 18, 2009. Since that time, all chair back seating has sold out at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. However, tickets in the spacious outfield berm area still remain and may be ordered in advance. Fans purchasing berm tickets can bring blankets and folding chairs to sit in the outfield.
"With the continued success of our baseball program and the increasing popularity of college baseball, we are seeing a growth in the number of Razorback Baseball fans throughout the state and across the region," Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director Jeff Long said. "We are excited to bring Razorback Baseball to Centrall Arkansas and especially pleased to play at the beautiful Dickey-Stephens Park. Central Arkansas is very important to the strength of the Razorback Nation."
Fans can purchase tickets through the Dickey-Stephens Park box office by phone or in person. For more information, contact the Dickey-Stephens box office at 501-664-1555.
The Razorbacks’ game against Louisiana Tech will mark the team’s first contest in Central Arkansas since playing Memphis in 1986. Arkansas played Texas in Little Rock in 1983 and against Mississippi State during the 1984 and 1985 seasons. Arkansas first played in Little Rock during the 1964 season, a two-game set against Memphis.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to play at Dickey-Stephens Park in front of Razorback fans from all over the state," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "The response for advance tickets has been tremendous and we are looking forward to playing in front of a full house this May."
Arkansas is ranked nationally in five major college baseball polls. The Razorbacks are ranked No. 15 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Rivals.com. The USA Today/ESPN poll has the Hogs at No. 16 while Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball have the Razorbacks ranked No. 17 and No. 23, respectively.
The 2010 Arkansas baseball season opens Feb. 19-21 with a three-game series against Ball State. For ticket information for games played in Fayetteville, fans can go online to ArkansasRazorbacks.com or call the Razorback Ticket office at either 479-575-5151 or toll free at 1-800-982-HOGS.