LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Governor Asa Hutchinson is considering cutting back funding for War Memorial Stadium. As of right now, the state gives $850,000 a year to the stadium that is seldom used.
Asa is suggesting that at the start of the 2018-2019 fiscal year that its funding be cut back to $400,000 a year, but that could put the Little Rock stadium in a financial crisis. The past of War Memorial is solid, but the future is on shaky ground.
If the proposed budget cut passes, it would kick in the same time as the contract ends with the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. That means not only would the stadium would lose 50% of its funding, but it would lose its biggest event of the year.
While high school football uses the stadium throughout the season, the rest of the year is sprinkled with only a handful of events that use it to its full potential.
"We'd have to find additional events that we don't have or we'd have to raise our fees for the current events we have," said Kevin Crass, stadium commission chairman.
The stadium is also worried about how to fund future renovations they have planned like new turf and a digital scoreboard. Locals are also worried about the stadium, hoping it won't become a relic of Little Rock's past like Ray Winder Field.
"There's not a bad seat in that whole stadium," said Kris French. "You can go run the bleachers to get some exercise. It's a great asset for Little Rock."
There weren't enough members to constitute a majority vote this morning at the joint budget committee meeting. That means the vote to approve the budget proposal will happen Tuesday, October 25.