FAYETTEVILLE – As the University of Arkansas football team steps inside Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, they’ll be greeted by an excited contingent of UA fans. More than 100 University of Arkansas students will be traveling to the Razorback-Tiger matchup, with the journey beginning Friday evening by way of charter buses. The trip, "Rollin’ with the Razorbacks," is a joint effort, sponsored by the Associated Student Government (ASG) and Arkansas Athletic Department.
"We are excited to partner with ASG to provide our students an affordable opportunity to cheer on the Razorbacks at Auburn," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "Our students provide a great home atmosphere for games in Fayetteville and Little Rock. Now they have the opportunity to take their enthusiasm on the road in the Southeastern Conference to support our football team."
ASG director of athletic relations Afshar Sanati explained that heightened excitement around the Razorback football program this season led to a capacity group booking tickets for the bus trip.
"Starting with last year’s trip, it’s become a lot more popular," Sanati said. "Last year’s trip filled up quickly. Now there is more awareness. In just two days, almost all of the spots filled up. And we even have a waiting list."
Twenty dollars reserved an Arkansas student a two-way trip to the game, food during the trip, admittance to the ASG tailgate and ticket into the 2:30 p.m. UA-AU matchup. Students also receive a "Rollin’ with the Razorbacks" t-shirt and spirit item. This year’s item is an inflatable "Fear the Mallett" mallet. The price is what students had a tough time saying no to, according to Sanati.
"Twenty dollars gets you into the game, a t-shirt, food and snacks during the trip," Sanati said. "Add in BBQ at the tailgate. It’s a great deal."
The charter buses pull away from the UA campus in the evening on Friday, arriving with the anxious group of Arkansas students in the morning for a combined tailgate with members of Auburn University’s student government.
Sanati noted there is no better time for the trip, with the Razorbacks ranked 12th in the nation and sporting a 4-1 (1-1, SEC) record. The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports.
"The Arkansas Razorbacks have a huge fan base," Sanati said. "This season has gotten our fan base really fired up. It’s huge; it’s not just students but all around the state. Everyone is really excited. We put this together because we want to increase student involvement, especially for away games. That’s 100 students that will be added to the crowd. We want to give an extra boost to the team."