Thursday, March 10, 2011
ESPN to Cover Spring Game
Zack Higbee, Athletic Media Relations
FAYETTEVILLE - For the first time in school history, the University of Arkansas football spring game will air live nationally on ESPN. The telecast will showcase the school's final spring football intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday, April 16, which is set to begin at 2 p.m. CT.
"We are excited that the University of Arkansas and Razorback Football will be featured on ESPN this spring with the broadcast of the Red-White football game," Arkansas vice chancellor and director of athletics Jeff Long said. "With the success of our football program under Coach Bobby Petrino we wanted to keep our momentum building. The SEC's unprecedented partnership with ESPN provided us the opportunity to work with ESPN to make televising our spring Red and White game a reality. The result is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our program and University".
In addition to the spring game, multiple Razorback athletic events will take place on the Fayetteville campus from April 15-17. Razorback baseball, softball and women's tennis will all be in action at home during the weekend. To avoid a conflict with the spring game, the Arkansas-Mississippi State baseball game on Saturday, April 16, will be moved to 6 p.m. Abbott Nutrition Razorfest, a free family event, will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a pep rally in the parking lot in front of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday. Additional details regarding the full weekend of events will be released soon.
"This is a great opportunity for fans to once again show the pride and passion they have for the Razorbacks," said UA football head coach Bobby Petrino. "The atmosphere our fans created at our games last year was electric, and recruits responded in a positive way to our coaches about the environment they saw. I believe the time of the game gives fans statewide a chance to be a part of sharing our program with a national audience."
Arkansas is set to open spring practices on March 15 and the 2011 season begins against Missouri State on Sept. 3 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
For season ticket information for the 2011 Razorback Football season contact the UA Ticket Office at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647).