A new contract approved today by the War Memorial Stadium Commission amends the two games per season agreement through 2016. That agreement included one Southeastern Conference game.
Under the new agreement the Razorbacks will play only one game per season at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock through 2018.
The sole game next season is on Oct. 18 against the Georgia Bulldogs.
University of Arkansas director of athletics Jeff Long says the decision on which games will be played in Little Rock from 2015-18 has not been made yet.
"This agreement will allow us the flexibility to deal with that future whatever that may be, but we do know that it's coming," Long says.
Changes include a likely nine game conference schedule beginning in 2016 and the addition of conference games in the first three weeks of the season beginning in 2014.
The agreement calls for two SEC games and three non-conference opponents to come to War Memorial Stadium over the five-year agreement.
War Memorial Stadium Commission chair Kevin Crass says he is pleased to extend the Razorbacks presence two additional years, something he says many people believed would not happen. But admitted what happens between the Razorbacks and War Memorial Stadium beyond 2018 is less clear.
"We haven't had any specific discussions about that. I will just say generally that I can imagine the commission at that time wanting additional years and being a good partner to the University and have them convinced that it's in their best interest," Crass says.
To read the agreement, click on the link above.
News release from University of Arkansas:
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The University of Arkansas and the War Memorial Stadium Commission have approved an amendment to modify their agreement to extend Razorback football games at War Memorial Stadium through 2018 while helping accommodate the changing landscape of football scheduling. The previous agreement between the University of Arkansas and the War Memorial Stadium Commission was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
As part of the amendment, the University of Arkansas will play one game at War Memorial Stadium in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons. The five games will include two Southeastern Conference games and three non-conference games. The first in the five-game series will be on Oct. 18, 2014, when the University of Arkansas hosts the University of Georgia in an SEC game at War Memorial Stadium. The Southeastern Conference has not yet determined a football scheduling formula for the 2016 season and beyond.
“I am appreciative of Chairman Kevin Crass and the members of the War Memorial Stadium Commission for working in partnership with the University of Arkansas to come to an agreement that extends our commitment for two additional years while allowing us to address future scheduling challenges,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long. “The new agreement will put the University of Arkansas in a better position to respond to scheduling challenges. Our partnership enabled us to work together to reach a mutually beneficial arrangement that provides the Commission with the financial resources it had anticipated to pay off the remaining debt for their recent renovation of the stadium. With this amendment, we have addressed those priorities and extended our agreement two years through 2018.”
As part of the amended agreement, the University of Arkansas will pay War Memorial Stadium $400,000 annually in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The amount is designed to help offset projected revenue from games previously scheduled for those seasons as well as to help satisfy debt incurred on the stadium’s recent renovation project. As part of the amended agreement, the University of Arkansas will not pay a rental fee for games in the stadium during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The agreement amends and extends the most recent contract entered into in 2008 which called for two games to be played at War Memorial Stadium annually through 2016.
“We are pleased that we have come to an agreement that will ensure that the University of Arkansas will continue to play football games at War Memorial Stadium through 2018,” War Memorial Stadium Commission Chairman Kevin Crass said. “War Memorial Stadium and the Razorback football program have a long and rich history. The football program would not have established its statewide following without War Memorial Stadium. Additionally, War Memorial Stadium would not have enjoyed its sustained success without the Razorback football program. This is the essence of a true partnership. Recently, we learned that the University had a need to solve a scheduling problem and we had a desire to extend the contract beyond 2016. As partners, we were able to come to a result that helps both the Razorbacks and War Memorial Stadium. The Commission and I want to express our appreciation to Jeff Long for his openness to this creative solution.”
News release on 2014 schedule:
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of Arkansas football team’s 2014 home games were set Tuesday with six games in Fayetteville and one contest in Little Rock.
After opening the season Aug. 30 at Auburn, the Razorbacks begin the home portion of their schedule the next week by hosting Nicholls State in Fayetteville on Sept. 6. Arkansas is playing Nicholls State for the first time in program history. Arkansas then hosts Northern Illinois in Fayetteville on Sept. 20. The teams have met once previously, an Arkansas victory in Fayetteville in 1994.
Arkansas begins a stretch of three straight home games by facing Alabama on Oct. 11 in Fayetteville. The next week, Oct. 18, the Razorbacks will be in Little Rock to host Georgia inside War Memorial Stadium. With the selection, the Bulldogs will become the 10th different SEC team the Razorbacks have hosted in Little Rock since Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference in time for the 1992 football season.
Arkansas returns to campus Oct. 25 to play UAB, coached by former Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, for the first time in program history. The Razorbacks host LSU on Nov. 15 in the Battle for the Golden Boot and Ole Miss on Nov. 22 in Fayetteville to wrap up the home portion of the schedule.
2014 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Schedule
Aug. 30 at Auburn* Auburn, Ala.
Sept. 6 Nicholls State Fayetteville, Ark.
Sept. 13 at Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas
Sept. 20 Northern Illinois Fayetteville, Ark.
Sept. 27 vs. Texas A&M*^ Arlington, Texas
Oct. 11 Alabama* Fayetteville, Ark.
Oct. 18 Georgia* Little Rock, Ark.
Oct. 25 UAB Fayetteville, Ark.
Nov. 1 at Mississippi State* Starkville, Miss.
Nov. 15 LSU* Fayetteville, Ark.
Nov. 22 Ole Miss* Fayetteville, Ark.
Nov. 29 at Missouri* Columbia, Mo.
^-Game played at AT&T Stadium
Home games in bold
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