Razorbacks in Little Rock – Central Arkansas Season Opener is Here
FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas football team continued practice on Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s game against Samford at 6 p.m. in Little Rock. Head coach Bret Bielema was available to the media after practice and spoke about his outlook on the week.
“I really liked the way they practiced this week,” Coach Bielema said. “Obviously, wrapped up today with our finishing touches. I think our kids are excited going back to Saturday. In the locker room I heard a couple of kids reference “going to The Rock.” Obviously they’ve been there in the past. We haven’t as myself and my staff. We’re very excited to do that. ”
Coach Bielema noted his expectation for growth on Saturday.
“I think the part that we look forward to as coaches is from game one to game two,” Coach Bielema said. “You hear the old cliché, ‘you make your biggest jump.’ I think that there’s a lot of levity to that, especially if you did really poorly in the first game, but I thought we did a lot of good things, so I’m just looking to improve on the standpoints of what we didn’t do well.”
Coach Bielema also gave his perspective on the team’s preparation heading into Saturday.
“The game week is a process,” Coach Bielema said. “You get through the week what you put into it. The overtime that you might put in on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday preparation to get yourself ready for Saturday, and I don’t care if it’s Samford coming in or if it’s Auburn coming in, or later down the road, Texas A&M. Whatever it is, we prepare the exact same. If you try to emphasize one more than the other, or try to act as if there’s not as much importance, that’s how you get surprised. That’s how you stumble when you don’t expect it, and I don’t think this group will allow that to happen.”
Bret Bielema makes his Little Rock debut Saturday when the Razorbacks host Samford inside War Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m.
The game is available in high definition on a pay-per-view basis on participating cable and satellite systems within Arkansas and Alabama. Please note that the game must be purchased individually within Arkansas and Alabama as it will not be available via ESPN Gameplan within the two states. For TV ordering information, fans should contact their cable or satellite provider. Fans in Arkansas and Alabama may also watch the game online courtesy of RazorVision for $34.95. Per SEC guidelines, the pay-per-view broadcast on the computer is not part of the RazorVision subscription and must be purchased separately. Fans outside of Arkansas and Alabama may watch the game as part of ESPN Gameplan or online at ESPN3.
Scott Inman will handle the play-by-play call with Jimmy Dykes providing color commentary and Alyssa Orange on the sideline. Inman has been a sports anchor at KATV since 1999 and is in his 15th year working as a co-host for the pre-game show and post-game Scoreboard Show on the Razorback Sports Network. Dykes is in his 20th year as an analyst at ESPN and is a former basketball letterman at Arkansas. Orange, who has collected TV experience in Florida and Texas in addition to Northwest Arkansas, is a sports reporter for KNWA.
Razorback Athletics has teamed up with the University of Arkansas’ Veterans Resource and Information Center (VRIC) to help distribute donated tickets to various military groups to attend the game. Military Appreciation Day will include a variety of different events including a special pregame ceremony. The Razorbacks also will honor the late Adam Brown, a Navy SEAL Chief from Hot Springs, Ark., and Milton Crenchaw, a Little Rock native and original member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, during halftime of Saturday’s game. In advance of Military Appreciation Day, all military groups are encouraged to submit photos to email@example.com for use in a special video board presentation during the game.
Saturday’s game is being sponsored by AT&T and will feature a rally towel giveaway to students. The AT&T Fan Zone, located on the north side of War Memorial Stadium, is set to open at 3 p.m. The team is scheduled to arrive on the east side of the stadium and enter at the northwest corner at approximately 3:45, and a pep rally will be held in the AT&T Fan Zone at 4:15. In addition, honorary captain Jim Barnes will sign autographs from 4-4:30 in the AT&T Fan Zone.
Tusk IV is set to be parked outside of Gate 11 beginning at 3 p.m. Will-Call is located at Gate 1 and will open at noon, with gates to the stadium opening at 4 p.m.
Single-game tickets for both Little Rock games and the remaining four home games in Fayetteville are on sale. Single-game tickets can be purchased at ArkansasRazorbacks.com, at the Razorback Ticket Center or by calling 800-982-HOGS (4647). Additionally, tickets for the two Little Rock games can be purchased at the War Memorial Stadium Ticket Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
War Memorial Stadium Information
Fans are reminded that artificial noisemakers, umbrellas, video cameras, still cameras with lenses exceeding 6″ and backpacks are not permitted inside War Memorial Stadium. Bags are not permitted unless required for child or medial care. Purses no larger than 14″x10″x10″ are permitted. Full War Memorial Stadium policies and procedures, including directions to War Memorial Stadium, A-Z Fan Guide, scholarship and public parking information, tailgating procedures, gate and ticket pick-up information, along with a stadium diagram, can be found on the stadium’s website at WMStadium.com. Per SEC policy, once a guest leaves the stadium, they will not be permitted re-entry.
This policy reflects the university’s ongoing commitment to recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security. “Except for bags required for child care or medical conditions, all bags, backpacks, fanny packs, camera and binocular cases or other similar items and purses larger than 14″ long (side-to-side) x 10″ wide (front to back) x 10″ deep (top to bottom) are prohibited. All purses allowed into the stadium will be searched.
The University of Arkansas’ Athletics Department will provide a fan text messaging service inside War Memorial Stadium. The service allows fans to communicate directly with event management personnel in important security and guest issue situations. Fans needing assistance should text HOGS your issue and location to 69050. Standard text message rates and other charges may apply. Razorback fans are reminded that they also can contact the nearest usher or security personnel, or stop by the nearest guest services location to report an issue.
Fan Code of Conduct
Razorback fans are the best of the best. They model this by loudly supporting the Razorbacks and displaying respect and good sportsmanship toward the visiting team and visiting fans. The NCAA, SEC and UA have assigned a high priority to assuring athletic events are conducted in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere which promotes good sportsmanship by spectators, student-athletes and coaches. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants, officials, those around you, and event management in a positive manner and treating others with courtesy and respect. Refrain from throwing objects onto the field for any reason. Do not enter the playing areas at any time, unless directed to do so in an emergency situation, including after-game celebrations.
Courtesy University of Arkansas Department of Athletics