The War Memorial Stadium Commission met today to talk about the year ahead, including the Hog football schedule that brings them to town twice.
The commission is already revving up for the team's rivalry against Ole Miss on October 27th.
The other home game for the Hogs at War Memorial is non-conference action against Louisiana-Monroe on September 8th.
Other odds and ends were discussed by the commission today, including:
- A bowl game for War Memorial? (Click here for the story)
- Regions Bank is no longer the major scoreboard sponsor. (The vacancy can be bought for $25,000 a year).
- The commission is in talks with Trane about becoming the new tailgate sponsor.
- Half the stadium's budget was spent on scoreboard maintenance and new computer equipment.
- The majority of events held in the new press box are corporate/business meetings, but it's also set to host two weddings this year. The stadium is also booking a lot of birthday parties in the press box.
- The commission is not sure about its annual kickoff classic for high school football because no teams have made a commitment to play. Some of the teams have said it would be cheaper for them to play at their home stadiums and keep the revenue for themselves. However, Little Rock's Central High School has committed to playing a game at the stadium.
- The College All-Star game organizers still owe the stadium money, so War Memorial is not sure if the game will be back this year.
- The stadium is trying to get Texas-based televangelist Joel Osteen to do an event.
- Concession stands are both under construction and renovation. They are usable but work still needs to be done. (About $20,000 dollars worth of work left to be done).
- Architects are working on drawings for an expansion, but have nothing ready yet to show the commission.