FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The new synthetic playing surface in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium isn’t the only change fans will notice when the Arkansas Razorbacks play their first Fayetteville football game this year on Sept. 19 against Georgia. The installation of new LED ribbon boards is underway and will be ready for the on-campus opener.
"In our continuing efforts to enhance the game day experience for our fans, we are installing LED ribbon boards in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "The new boards will allow us to significantly upgrade our technology in the stadium providing us the ability to create a more dynamic game experience. The flexibility of the new technology will allow us to communicate more information to our fans in an efficient and effective manner.
"The ribbon boards will also allow us to coordinate the game day interaction with the Razorback fans enhancing the synchronization with our band and spirit squads. This new addition to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is just another of the many enhancements made possible by our partnership with Razorback Sports Properties."
The message boards on the east and west sides of the stadium are being replaced with larger full-color LED display systems.
On the east side, two 90-foot systems are being replaced with one larger ribbon board approximately 330 feet in length. On the west, two 90-foot systems are being replaced with two 100-foot boards.
The pixel pitch of the new boards is 20 millimeters compared to 25 on the SMARTVISION LED video board in the north end zone, which allows for even sharper, clearer images and messages.
ANC Sports Enterprises, LLC of Purchase, N.Y., is installing the boards, which are SACO products.
The current boards will be removed beginning next week. Once new brackets are in place, the new boards will be installed later this month. The $1.2 million project is expected to be completed prior to the Sept. 19 Georgia game.
The Razorbacks open the season Sept. 5 in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium against Missouri State.
The grass surface in Razorback Stadium was taken out following the Red-White Spring Game and replaced with a synthetic playing surface over the summer.
Season tickets for Fayetteville and Little Rock games remain on sale and fans can go to ArkansasRazorbacks.com or contact the UA ticket office at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) to purchase. In addition, tickets are also available for the inaugural Southwest Classic as the Razorbacks will take on Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 3.
Fans with questions relating to tickets, should contact the ticket office at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647). Information on tickets and game day may also be found at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.