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Arkansas still planning to play spring game on campus despite construction

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Arkansas still plans to hold its spring game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium next month despite ongoing stadium construction, coach Bret Bielema told reporters Wednesday.

Arkansas is scheduled to play its annual Red-White spring game on Saturday, April 29.

“I think if everything goes as planned we’re going to be able to get in there for the spring game,” Bielema said.

Bielema, though, said that they may have to do some working around the situation.

“I think we’re only going to be able to go one way,” he said. “I just don’t want to put our players in danger.”

Bielema also said attendance at the stadium may be limited to 25,000 and 30,000 for the game because of the construction and that such a decision won’t be decided until sometime in April ahead of the game.

“We looked into different options, but the administration and everybody just felt it would be good to have the spring game in some capacity,” Bielema said.

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium currently is undergoing $160 million renovations to its north end zone, which began in December. It’s expected to be completed in 2018.

The stadium’s renovations will include 4,800 new seats, suites, club/loge boxes and open standing room space. The renovation will also connect both the east and west stands of the stadium to each other.

The University of Arkansas board of trustees voted in favor of the $160 million upgrade in January, then voted to approve it in June.

Arkansas will move its RazorFest activities to Bud Walton Arena this year because of the construction.

If Arkansas wanted to hold its spring game elsewhere this year, another option would be War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The Razorbacks will hold their season opener there this fall against Florida A&M.

Arkansas begins spring practice on March 28.

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