Future of War Memorial Stadium uncertain

Future of War Memorial Stadium uncertain
(Source: KARK-TV)
(Source: KARK-TV)
(Source: KARK-TV)
(Source: KARK-TV)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock is well-known across the state. For many families, it brings up memories of attending an Arkansas Razorbacks football game.

Over the years, however, the allure of watching a Razorbacks game in the state's capitol has faded.

For decades, the Hogs played three or four games every year at War Memorial. Since the year 2000, that's slowly been cut down.

According to KARK-TV, the University of Arkansas has a contract with War Memorial Stadium. It expires in 2018.

Speculation is rampant the Hogs will end games in Little Rock when it expires.

Losing the games would lead to a loss in revenue for the stadium.

City leaders in Little Rock are looking for alternatives.

Mayor Mark Stodola told KARK-TV that he has floated the idea of UALR starting a football program and playing home games at War Memorial. There are talks of the stadium hosting a bowl game, but neither plan is close to becoming a reality.

While fans like Dennis Smithson hope something happens, they're still looking back at their fond memories.

"Even if it goes away completely, if they take it down to the ground and they put something else there, I will always have my memories," Smithson said. "All the Razorback fans from my generation past will have all of their memories."

For more on this story from KARK-TV including what the Athletics Department at the University of Arkansas had to say, click here.

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