Arkansas trustees to vote on $160M stadium project

The University of Arkansas is looking to expand Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, and final approval will be voted on by the University of Arkansas System trustees on Thursday.

The plan — which would cost approximately $160 million — is to expand the stadium with premium level seating.

If approved, Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium would expand from a capacity of 72,000 to 76,000. The stadium has not been renovated since 2001, so an update is certainly due.

“This project is about the fans of Razorback football,” UA System President Don Bobbitt wrote in a letter to trustees, via Arkansas Online. “The guiding force behind the project design and scope is the development of seating types and amenities that fans are asking for, as well as updating areas of the stadium that have not been touched since the last major stadium project more than 15 years ago.”

Receiving approval from the ten-person committee may not be the easiest, however. One outspoken trustee, former U.S. Senator David Pryor, has openly said he will not vote in favor of the proposal.

“I think we have higher priorities than a football stadium, and it’s not to benefit students,” Pryor previously said. “I just do not think this is the right time to do it.”

We’ll have to see if more trustees share his belief.

If expansion is approved, the plan is for the additional seats to be added by the 2018 season.

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