Arkansas Business' 25 Great Whispers (25th Anniversary)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 23, 2009 12:00 am  

Also, adverse publicity at its investment banking arm, Bowman & Co., related to the hiring of bond daddy Billy McCord may have provided another black eye.

Oct. 8, 1990
This Little Rock Piggy
A guy who knows, we mean really knows, says central Arkansans can prepare themselves to bid adieu to Razorback athletics. It may take a few years, but the Hogs are going big time in Fayetteville and plan to stay there.

How come so certain?

Well, mainly a new international airport in Washington or Benton County, and Frank Broyles is behind relocating the games. Coupled with the expansion of Razorback Stadium and U.S. Highway 71, our source says, the Hog program will become exclusively northwest Arkansas'.

"There isn't any doubt that there's going to be a concerted effort to move those games to Fayetteville," he claims. "The Southeast Conference wants you to have a big stadium." They want you to fill it, too, when the SEC's name-brand teams show up.

The proposed airport will make Hogland more accessible – big planes now have to land in Fort Smith – for teams flying in to play. Businesses like Tyson Foods and Peterson Industries also are interested in the new airport for transporting poultry products.

This Plan Really Takes Off
According to our source, here's how the new airport plan was launched:

The Northwest Arkansas Council, chaired by Alice Walton of Llama Investments, recently made a pitch before a regional meeting of the House Committee on Public Works & Transportation. Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt, who enjoys overwhelming support in northwest Arkansas, is a member of the committee.

Reportedly, the proposed airport will have an international-size runway and will be able to handle anything that flies.

Our insider, an avid Hog fan who doesn't like to have to drive to Fayetteville to watch his team play, was seeing red:

"If Frank Broyles can't sell out all the Fayetteville games now, what's he going to do after he puts a deck on the stadium and fills in the end zone?"

Apparently, there is some feeling in Fayetteville that people in Tennessee don't mind driving 300 miles to watch the Volunteers play so why should Razorback fans mind the spin up the Pig Trail.



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