FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Legendary Arkansas track and field coach John McDonnell will be going home with the first 1,000 fans in attendance with a paid admission at the Tyson Invitational on Friday night. Well, not the actual coach that has won 41 national championships, of course, but a bobblehead doll with Coach McDonnell’s likeness will be given away to celebrate the career of the most successful collegiate coach in NCAA history.
The bobblehead doll was designed by Cynergy Sports in Birmingham, Ala. It is the fourth bobblehead in a series of Razorback coaches and former players that already includes former UA baseball coach Norm DeBriyn, former UA football coach and current athletic director Frank Broyles and former UA baseball player Tom Pagnozzi.
The Tyson Invitational runs Friday and Saturday with the first day of the collegiate action set for 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The professional section of the meet will take place on Friday beginning at 8 p.m. The meet will continue with collegiate competition on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fans may purchase tickets in advance for Friday night’s professional meet by calling the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce at (479) 521-5776 or 1-800-766-4626. Reserved seats are $20 and general admission is $10. More information is also available at www.tysoninvitational.org.
Fans may purchase $5 general admission tickets at the door on Saturday for the second day of the collegiate meet. Those fans with a ticket stub from Friday night’s professional meet will be admitted free of charge on Saturday. In addition, Friday’s first session (10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) of the collegiate meet is free and open to the public. The Randal Tyson Center will be cleared following Friday afternoon’s competition before doors open again for the professional meet.
Gates to the Randal Tyson Track Center open and bobbleheads will be distributed beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday night. The first event of the professional meet is set to begin at 8 p.m.