One of the greatest college football stadiums in the country, Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium received a $110 million renovation to increase from 51,000 to 72,000. With 132 skyboxes and luxury suites, the stadium’s capacity includes 8,950 club seats, inside and out.
During the 2000 season, a 30×107-foot SMARTVISION LED video screen, the largest video board at any sports venue in the world, made its debut in the north end zone.
The stadium’s debut came on Sept. 24, 1938, as Arkansas defeated Oklahoma A&M, 27-7. Dedicated on Oct. 8 of that year, the Hogs dropped a 9-6 decision to Baylor.
Constructed as a Works Progress Administration project with an original capacity of 13,500, the facility was first enlarged upon the arrival of John Barnhill as athletic director in 1947 when an additional 2,500 seats were added to the north end of the east and west grandstands.
In 1950, a new press box was constructed and 5,200 more seats were built on the west side. A 5,200-seat addition to the east side was completed in 1957.
Expansion projects in 1965 and 1969 increased capacity to 42,678 – a figure that held steady until a year of construction on additional seats and skyboxes brought the facility to 50,000 seats prior to the 1985 season.
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|DONALD W. REYNOLDS RAZORBACK STADIUM FACTS|
FIRST GAME: Sept. 24, 1938 (Arkansas 27, Oklahoma A&M 7)
DEDICATED: Oct. 3, 1938 (Baylor 9, Arkansas 6)
ARKANSAS’ RECORD: 129-62-2 (.674)
IMPORTANT DATES IN DWRRS HISTORY
DATE SIGNIFICANCE SCORE
Sept. 24, 1938 first game Arkansas 27, Oklahoma A&M 7
Oct. 3, 1938 Razorback Stadium dedicated Baylor 9, Arkansas 6
Sept. 27, 1969 first game on Astroturf Arkansas 55, Tulsa 0
Dec. 6, 1969 Game of the Century No. 1 Texas 15, No. 2 Arkansas 14
Nov. 11, 1989 first game with lights Arkansas 19, Baylor 10
Nov. 2, 1991 last Southwest Conference game Baylor 9, Arkansas 5
Oct. 3, 1992 first Southeastern Conference game Georgia 27, Arkansas 3
Sept. 9, 1995 first game on new natural grass surface Arkansas 51, South Carolina 21
Dec. 3, 1999 Donald W. Reynolds Foundation announces $20 million gift to expansion effort
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