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Razorbacks, Red Wolves to Face Off in 2025 at War Memorial

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The University of Arkansas said Wednesday that it signed an amendment to its agreement with the state Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism to bring two more football games to War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, including a first-ever game against Arkansas State University.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported earlier Wednesday that an announcement involving the Razorbacks’ first face-off against the Red Wolves was coming. The UA Athletic Department issued a news release late in the morning.

The amendment extends the UA’s overall agreement with the agency through the 2025 season. It adds three opponents for the Razorbacks in Little Rock: the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on Oct. 23, 2021 and Aug. 31, 2024; Western Carolina on Sept. 2, 2023; and A-State on Sept. 6, 2025.

As part of the deal, previously scheduled games against Missouri will be moved to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on the UA campus in Fayetteville, the news release said.

“We are grateful to the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism and War Memorial Stadium for working with us to be able to host some historic in-state matchups at War Memorial Stadium, while also allowing us to host Southeastern Conference games on our campus,” Arkansas Athletics Director Hunter Yurachek said in a news release. 

“The Razorback program belongs to our entire state and as we have shown in many of our sports, it is important that we continue to maintain a presence in Central Arkansas. It is also essential we provide our coaching staff the opportunity to showcase our campus during SEC games to potential student-athletes.”

A-State athletics said the game will mark its first at War Memorial Stadium since playing Oklahoma State in 2006.

“I’m happy the two FBS university football teams in our great state of Arkansas will have an opportunity to participate in a regional matchup at War Memorial Stadium in our capital city of Little Rock,” A-State Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Terry Mohajir said in a news release.

“As an athletics director, you’re always trying to provide an opportunity for your students and university community to experience an exciting atmosphere. I appreciate Hunter’s willingness to provide those experiences for his school as well.”

Tickets & TV: See the game contract between the UA and Arkansas State

Per an agreement to be signed between the UA and A-State, UA will pay A-State $900,000 for the game. If a team backs out of the deal, it would owe the other $1.5 million.

The UA will also give A-State 10,000 tickets to sell for the game. That block would include tickets for student-athlete guests, the band, cheerleaders and ASU student tickets, the agreement said. 

A-State said the 2025 season will mark the seventh time over a 13-year period the Red Wolves will have played an in-state opponent.

Fans of both the UA and ASU have argued for decades for and against an intrastate matchup. The late Frank Broyles, the UA’s iconic former football coach and long-time athletics director, was famously opposed to such a meeting. His immediate successor, Jeff Long, also held the line.

But under Yurachek in 2019, the UA announced it would play UAPB in 2021 and 2024. The game against the Golden Lions will be the first time the UA plays football against another in-state school since 1944, when it beat Arkansas A&M, now the University of Arkansas at Monticello, 41-0 in Fayetteville. 

In addition to potentially kick-starting an in-state rivalry, the deal could help keep Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium, now under the management of state tourism, viable.

“We value our partnership with the University of Arkansas and Razorback Football, and want to contribute to the overall success of the program,” Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary Stacy Hurst said. “Including U of A vs. UAPB and U of A vs. Arkansas State games beginning this year and through 2025 will present some exciting intrastate competition. We look forward to showcasing an improved venue and to welcoming people from across the state and beyond to historic War Memorial Stadium.”

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