FAYETTEVILLE -There are many events surrounding Saturday’s season opener between No. 10 Arkansas and Jacksonville State inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The game begins at 6 p.m. and is available on pay-per-view.
The Broyles Center Museum will be open on game day from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. 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 3 p.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 3:45 in the AT&T Fan Zone, and a concert featuring Chester P and the Vinyl Kings begins following the pep rally. As part of the AT&T Fan Zone, fans will now 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 3:45 p.m. Arkansas students will be given Razorback eye black stickers upon entering the stadium. 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.
Beginning this Saturday, patrons will see some added safety and security measures including a revised bag policy, no pedestrian access directly behind the stadium and E-Tickets. A revised bag 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.
Also added for the 2012 season are new amenities along with several facility improvements. Debuting on Saturday is the new Victory Village for games in Fayetteville. Victory Village is a reserved tailgating area near Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium coordinated by Intents Party Rentals to provide fans a convenient, worry-free tailgate experience close to the stadium. The most noticeable is the new video board. UA partnered with LSI Industries, Inc. to provide a new video display to the North end zone scoreboard. Built upon LSI’s SMARTVISION® LED technology, the 16mm video display is currently the 2nd-largest on-campus video display in the country. Measuring at nearly 38′ x 167′, nearly doubling the dimensions of the former video board, the display will give the stadium a true high definition video display area with the actual width exceeding HD resolution. Additional enhancements are four new fascia displays for use in the North and South end zones, new state-of-the-art LED stadium identification lettering on both sides of the video board and new game clocks and play clocks on the North and South end of the stadium.
Continued stadium improvements also include new field wall pads replacing the previous graphic banners, repainting of all stadiums steps inclusive of new color contrast for the visually impaired, installation of new and easier to read "Row" and "Seat" decals and an upgrade of TV signals throughout the stadium by Cox with some added HD programming.
In addition, 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.
Football Fan GuideThe 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 DayStarting 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.
Bag PolicyThis 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."
E-TicketsRazorback 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 To Debut In 2012 SeasonThe University of Arkansas Athletic Department is set to debut 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.
Tailgating PoliciesYour 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 PassesWith 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 StadiumFans 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 ConductRazorback 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.