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Bielema Comments on LR Game Spark Push to Impress

"To be quite honest, I know it's a home game on our schedule, but we as coaches and players have to treat it as a road game." Those words on Wednesday from Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema were a reason for concern for some business leaders over the future of games at War Memorial Stadium.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- "To be quite honest, I know it's a home game on our schedule, but we as coaches and players have to treat it as a road game."

Those words on Wednesday from Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema were a reason for concern for some business leaders over the future of games at War Memorial Stadium.

"It's a really significant economic impact," Jay Chesshir, CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce said of the game.

Central Arkansas businesses have grown to love it when the Hogs come to Little Rock.

"Whether it be retail, restaurants, hotels... almost anything in regards to consumer type businesses," Chesshir said.

"There's so many people that come into Little Rock for the games, so a lot of times we will  be open for dinner before six o'clock," said Rick Qualls, part owner of 1620 Savoy, a west Little Rock restaurant.
 
Qualls says they'll stay open late as they look to capitalize on the big crowds in town.

"It's a great thing for Little Rock," Qualls said.

Comments like those on Wednesday from the coach are giving motivation for Little Rock business leaders to make the Razorbacks feel at home.

"All of Arkansas likes the Razorbacks," Chesshir said. "This is a home game for [Bielema], and we will certainly provide home-field advantage."

From the sound of coach Bielema, it seems like he's open to being impressed.

"I'm a big believer in I'm not really going to make a judgment until I live it," he said.


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