Arkansas opens week on new practice fields

FAYETTEVILLE ( - The 10th-ranked University of Arkansas football team continued preseason preparations on Monday on their first day at the new UA practice fields.

Special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell spoke with the media after practice and commented on the new practice facility.

 "It was exciting," Coach Caldwell said. "I was lost. It felt like you were in a whole new place. You know just getting it organized. It is a beautiful facility and we are just blessed to have it. Once we get it cleaned up it's going to really be nice."

Coach Caldwell also talked about Saturday's scrimmage and the defensive progress.

"I think it was exciting, Saturday especially," Coach Caldwell said. "The goal was to get better, like you said, but also to get out of there healthy. That was huge for us. We got better defensively as the practice went on and we were happy about that."

Arkansas opens its 2012 season Sept. 1 inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville against Jacksonville State. The game begins at 6 p.m. and will be shown on a pay-per-view basis with details to be announced. Tickets for four Fayetteville games are still on sale.

Tickets for the non-conference games against Jacksonville State, Rutgers and Tulsa are $45, while tickets for the conference matchup against Kentucky are $55. Single-game tickets may be purchased online at, in person the Razorback Ticket Center or by phone at 800-982-HOGS. Fans ordering tickets online have the option to print the tickets from home utilizing UA's new eTicket system.

Little Rock season ticket packages, featuring games against ULM on Sept. 8 and Ole Miss on Oct. 27, are still available for $120. The Razorbacks and Rebels are set to square off inside War Memorial Stadium for the 16th time in series history, including the first meeting and 1913, and the first time since 1992. Tickets purchased for Little Rock contests are not available with a print-at-home option.

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