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Little Rock stadium gets $1.1 million grant for upgrades; will that keep Hogs there?

Little Rock War Memorial Stadium
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War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock – which hosts one Arkansas football game per year – is set to get an upgrade after receiving a $1.1 million grant from a state council.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the grant is for conservation and historic preservation, and will be used to upgrade the stadium’s scoreboard and two video boards.

Arkansas is contracted to continue to play a game in Little Rock for the 2017 and ’18 seasons. The Hogs open this season against Florida A&M in Little Rock, while the 2018 game is to be determined. There is no guarantee Arkansas will play in Little Rock after 2018.

The War Memorial Stadium Commission had requested $1.3 million in funding. War Memorial Stadium manager Jerry Cohen told the newspaper that the goal is to become self-sufficient as a venue. In order to do that, it must increase the “level and the size and the number of events” at the stadium. He says that new upgrades to the stadium could be a step toward attracting more events.

The stadium commission will conduct a feasibility study to figure out a way to attract more events to Little Rock. In addition to Razorbacks football games, the venue is used for high school and semi-pro soccer games.

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