University of Arkansas Analyzing Cost Of Razorback Stadium Expansion

The University of Arkansas athletic department is studying the feasibility of expanding Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

UA officials are looking at the potential cost of the expansion — estimated last year at between $78 million-$95 million — and have requested proposals from architects and contractors on the project. Among the items being studied are seating capacity, design, construction, economic variables and the demand for additional seating expansion.

Following the request for qualifications (RFQ) process, the athletic department will seek approval from the Board of Trustees for further analysis. Pending viability of the project, further approval would be needed from the board to begin construction.

Arkansas unveiled its master plan for facilities (full PDF here) in 2011 and included a 5,000-seat stadium expansion on the $320 million wish-list of projects. At the time Jeff Long said the north end zone expansion would focus primarily on club and suite seating.

"As we begin to consider an expansion in the north end zone of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, it is important we have sound information from which to make a decision," Athletic Director Jeff Long said on Thursday. "The analysis will help us have a clearer understanding of the many variables that must be thoroughly examined before making a decision to move forward.

"It is important that we continue to strive to accommodate the current and future seating demands of Razorback fans.”