Hutchinson announces plan to put War Memorial under parks department

Governor proposes War Memorial changes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- After a state budget cut for War Memorial Stadium, Governor Asa Hutchinson makes a proposal to move its management under the direction of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

“It will have more marketing and administrative support that is much needed for the work of the stadium,” according to Hutchinson.

A possible loss of Arkansas Razorback football revenue also threatens the financial future of the stadium, which made Hutchinson believe a change in management is the best option.

“It will have greater access to grant funding," said Hutchinson.

Chairman of the State Parks and Commission, Jim Daily, is a Catholic High graduate and wants to see his childhood stadium thrive.

“This is a real opportunity for War Memorial Stadium for either state parks or tourism," said Daily.  "It will take War Memorial Stadium up a notch.”

Chairman of the stadium commission, Kevin Crass, is grateful for the governor’s solution.

“It's a good opportunity for us to stabilize the stadium's finances and deal with some of the challenges that we have from a fiscal standpoint.”

Little Rock Razorback games are still welcome and wanted, according to Crass.  

"I want War Memorial stadium to be the best venue that we can have for central Arkansas but also for the state of Arkansas.”          

The decision to further Razorback games in Little Rock will be up to the University of Arkansas.  The governor's proposal will be presented to the general assembly during the 2017 legislative session.


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