FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Battle for the Golden Boot takes place in Fayetteville for the first time since 1992 as Arkansas hosts LSU inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The game, being played on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the 15th time in the last 17 years, begins at 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on CBS.
The 23 members of Arkansas' senior class playing their final home game will be recognized before the game in an on-field ceremony that will begin approximately 25 minutes before the Razorbacks and Tigers compete for the Golden Boot, which is a trophy shaped like the two states combined that was introduced before the 1996 game and, at approximately 175 pounds, is among the heaviest trophies awarded in a college football rivalry.
Other festivities include unveiling a statue honoring former head football coach and athletic director Frank Broyles at 10 a.m. Friday at the front entrance of the Broyles Athletic Center, the 2012 LPGA Player of the Year and former Razorback Stacy Lewis taking part in the A Walk of Honor and Jim Lindsey, a member of the 1964 national championship team, serving as the honorary captain.
Following the National Anthem, the Arkansas Air National Guard's 188th Fighter Wing (The Flying Razorbacks) out of Ft. Smith, Ark., will conduct a flyover with A-10C Thunderbolt II Warthog airplanes. The wing recently returned home from deployment at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The University of Arkansas also will be competing in the Environmental Protection Agency's Game Day Challenge, a competition involving 79 colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at football games. Fans and tailgaters are encouraged to throw their recyclable waste in recycle bins located in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, as well as parking lots and tailgating areas on campus. Efforts will help Razorback Athletics in the 2012 Game Day Challenge and further support the University of Arkansas' recycling and sustainability programs.
The AT&T Fan Zone in the Gardens, which is free to the public, opens at 10:30 a.m. The AT&T Fan Zone offers inflatable games for kids, televisions and food and drink vendors. A pep rally featuring the Razorback Marching Band and Spirit Squad is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the AT&T Fan Zone, and a concert featuring Dr. Blues begins following the pep rally. As part of the AT&T Fan Zone, fans have access to the large "Holding Pen" pavilion in the Gardens on game day. The pavilion will provide seating and several large televisions for fans to watch other college games before the Razorbacks take the field.
The Broyles Center Museum will be open following the Broyles statue dedication until 11 a.m. and for two hours following the conclusion of the game. The Hog Heaven store located in Bud Walton Arena, as well as the Bud Walton Arena Museum, will open at 9 a.m. and close at kickoff.
The team is scheduled to arrive for the Hog Walk, which begins north of the stadium at the top of Lot 44, at approximately 11:30 a.m.
A limited number of general admission tickets remain that can be purchased online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or by calling 800-982-HOGS. Tickets available are those returned from the UA student allotment and are $25 for seating in the upper deck south end zone bleacher. Fans ordering tickets online have the option to print tickets from home utilizing UA's new eTicket system. Fans with general admission tickets are encouraged to enter the stadium at Gates 3 or 4 on the west side of the stadium or Gate 16 on the southeast corner of the stadium. Fans without scholarship parking passes are reminded that free parking is available in the Baum Stadium East parking lot, which offers free shuttle service to and from Razorback Stadium with drop off and pick up between Gates 1-8 on Razorback Road.
Student seating is still available for UA students who purchased the Razorback Access Pass. Access Pass holders who did not pick up an LSU voucher in advance must line up behind students with a Red or White voucher at Gate 17. UA students who did not purchase the Razorback Access Pass should visit the tent located between Gates 15 and 16 to purchase a game ticket.
Handheld mobile captioning devices are new this season as a service to our guests who are hearing impaired. The service provides real-time captions for all public address announcements. The limited number of handheld devices are available for check out at Guest Services located at Gate 16.
Sodexo now has the ability to accept credit card payment at all permanent concession stands throughout the stadium. Fans may use their Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Diner's Club, and JCB credit cards. Debit cards are also accepted provided they are set up to scan as a credit card transaction that does not require a P.I.N. code.
This season, patrons will see some added safety and security measures including a revised bag policy, no pedestrian access directly behind the stadium and E-Tickets.
Football Fan Guide
The 2012 Football Fan Guide is available for fans at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. The guide provides helpful information on parking, shuttle service, prohibited items (including but not limited to bags, except those necessary for childcare or medical conditions or purses no larger than 14 x 10 x 10, backpacks, video cameras, camera bags and still cameras with lens length exceeding 6 inches), a stadium diagram as well as stadium information and amenities. Services available again this year for fans include Child Locator ID Bracelets and a Stadium Texting Service. More information about these services and many others can be found in the guide.
No Pedestrian Access To South End of the Stadium On Game Day
Please be aware with construction of the New Football Center, pedestrian access is no longer available in the area directly south of the stadium. As part of the construction, the driveway off Razorback Road was eliminated and no longer affords pedestrian access to either the East or West sides of the stadium via the East/West thruway directly behind the stadium.
This policy reflects the university's ongoing commitment to recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security. "Except for bags required for child care or medical conditions, all bags, back packs, fanny packs, camera and binocular cases or other similar items and purses larger than 14" long (side-to-side) x 10" wide (front to back) x 10" deep (top to bottom) are prohibited. All purses allowed into the stadium will be searched. Containers measuring 14" long x 10" wide x 10" deep will be placed at each entry to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, shuttle pick up locations and selected parking lots. Purses that do not fit into the container will not be permitted inside the stadium."
Razorback E-Tickets, a customer friendly interactive digital ticketing solution, has been implemented for the 2012 University of Arkansas football season. With the change to digital ticket scanning, Razorback football fans will benefit from the heightened protection against counterfeit tickets and can take advantage of new digital ticketing services including print-at-home single game tickets and ticket transfers for season ticket holders. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, like many other college and professional venues, will scan all tickets using a bar-code on each ticket to verify admission. Scanning will identify counterfeit and stolen tickets and provide improved security and service. Help windows will be located at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at Gates 1, 13 and 16 to help fans with any ticket scanning issues or to answer questions regarding the new technology. It is recommended that fans plan on arriving earlier than normal to avoid any delays in entering the stadium in the initial implementation of the new digital ticketing system.
Your cooperation and consideration of all tailgating policies, which can be found in the 2012 Arkansas Football Fan Guide, will be especially helpful as it pertains to one parking space/one car, no tents permitted in a parking space and adherence to the policies about the installation and size of tents. Setting up tents, awnings and similar equipment for tailgates may commence at noon on Thursday. Reminder to tailgaters, that tailgating setup and activities in parking lots and on university property is not permitted prior to noon on Thursday. The items must be taken down and removed by noon on Saturday. If a tent is placed before noon on Thursday, it will be removed and can be picked up from lost and found through Facilities Management, which can be contacted at 575-5050.
Counterfeit Tickets and Parking Passes
With one of the most highly anticipated home schedules in school history in 2012, the University of Arkansas is reminding fans about the risks of purchasing and using either counterfeit tickets or parking passes. Both game tickets and parking passes are distributed by the UA Athletic Department and the Razorback Foundation. If fans have any doubt about the validity of their game ticket or parking pass, they can visit the UA Athletic Ticket Office on Razorback Road to verify either during regular business hours, between 8:30 and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. On game day, they can visit the Ticket Office at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium's Gate 1 starting three hours prior to kickoff. Further, those suspecting they have a counterfeit ticket or parking pass in their possession should contact UAPD to report this as soon as possible. The UA Athletic Ticket Office would also like to remind fans that any persons attempting to enter the stadium with a counterfeit ticket could be denied admission and subject to an investigation. Also, any person discovered inside the stadium with a stolen or counterfeit ticket will be escorted out. Additionally, to protect the integrity of valid parking passes and parking space on game day, parking attendants will be stationed at lot entrances and will be stopping vehicles to mark each parking pass as the vehicle passes through. Any persons attempting to enter a lot with a counterfeit parking pass could be denied admission and subject to an investigation. Also, any vehicle discovered inside a lot with a counterfeit parking pass will be removed from the lot.
Travel to the Stadium
Fans are reminded that if you are parking in lots South of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, it may be best to enter campus off of I-540 at Martin Luther King (Exit #62). If you are parking in lots North of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, it may be best to enter campus off of 1-540 at Wedington Drive (Exit #64). As a reminder, traffic control begins four hours prior to kick. The pre-game and post-game traffic routes can be found in the 2012 Football Fan Guide at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Fan Code of Conduct
Razorback fans are the best of the best. They model this by loudly supporting the Razorbacks and displaying respect and good sportsmanship toward the visiting team and visiting fans. The NCAA, SEC and UA have assigned a high priority to assuring athletic events are conducted in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere which promotes good sportsmanship by spectators, student-athletes and coaches. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants, officials, those around you, and event management in a positive manner and treating others with courtesy and respect. Refrain from throwing objects onto the field for any reason. Do not enter the playing areas at any time, unless directed to do so in an emergency situation, including after-game celebrations.
(Source: University of Arkansas Athletic Media Relations)