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Study finds $17 million needed to update Little Rock's aging War Memorial Stadium

By Ginny Monk

This article was originally published March 17, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated March 19, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium, shown in this 2014 file photo, is in need of up to $17 million, according to a feasibility study released this week. Much of that is in addition to the up to $10 million in renovations the University of Arkansas says is needed to continue hosting Razorback football games there.

The state Parks and Tourism Department asked for the study on the future of the 70-year-old War Memorial Stadium as the end of the stadium’s contract ...

Suggested changes for War Memorial.

Annual War Memorial events.

War Memorial Stadium needs about $17 million worth of maintenance work and improvements to remain in useful condition, according to a feasibility study.

The state Parks and Tourism Department asked for the study on the future of the 70-year-old War Memorial Stadium as the end of the stadium’s contract ...

Suggested changes for War Memorial.

Annual War Memorial events.

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RBear says... March 17, 2018 at 8:38 a.m.

First of all, the chart presented by the D-G regarding events in War Memorial is misleading and skews key facts. Including birthday events of 50 people in with the Salt Bowl and Razorback games just doesn't even convey the true nature of the issue. The $17 million in upgrades are more for the major events, not little Suzy's birthday party.
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Simple solution to get this moving would be to get UALR football moving. It would provide a reliable tenant in the stadium and help turn it back into a known destination for football. It helped San Antonio's challenge with the Alamodome where they were faced with a need to upgrade the facility to continue to attract events like the Final Four which will be hosted there this year.
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By getting UTSA's football program started and in a D-I conference, San Antonio began a path to upgrades and was able to sell the major upgrade package to City Council. With those upgrades, San Antonio once again got the attention of the NCAA and secured the Final Four. By maintaining that, the city will continue to be in the rotation of the final games of the tournament which brings in over $187 million to the city.
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Now, bringing UA-Little Rock (I still hate using that name and prefer UALR) football to War Memorial is not the saving factor but it helps set the stage for more upgrades. Granted, the school will need to make some improvements to the athletic program by hiring strong coaches (this season's men's basketball comes to mind). But it's possible and would help secure more funding for upgrades. Alumni in key places can help a lot.

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BobfromMarion says... March 17, 2018 at 11:35 a.m.

Great points RBear. There is not enough information in the article to conclude the minimum it would take to restore War Memorial Stadium for high school football games and possibly UCA to play two or three games there in the short term. A stadium that seats 40,000 or less.

Then an analysis of whatadditional repairs and such will be needed over the next ten to twenty years from now and what they would cost to renovate War Memorial as a less than 40,000 seat stadium.

Finally, an analysis for a new stadium. The points RBear made about the other uses for the stadium should be considered. This stadium needs to be built where there is lots of room and ways to get transportation in and out of the stadium with the minimum of issues.
Building it on the North Little Rock Conway Interstate might draw UCA into playing several games there.

Perhaps some person or corporation might give a substantial gift for a new stadium that would bear their name. Sam Walton Stadium has a nice ring to it!

If a new stadium were to be built, an analysis of the cost of renovations for using War Memorial for high school sports with even less seating should be considered.

I have been a firm supporter of the Razorbacks playing in LR. However, it appears that $17 million plus $10 million would be needed to spend to keep the Razorbacks playing one game in LR. That is $27 million.

War Memorial Stadium seated less than 40,000 when it was built. Reduce the seating capacity to the original number. The cost of making the stadium smaller should be significantly less expensive than $17 million and certainly less than $27 million

The purpose that a stadium in LR or LR area should be determined first. Once the powers that be determine what kind of facility is needed, then feasibility studies can be done to determine to renovate War Memorial or build a new stadium.

There is no way that War Memorial Stadium can be renovated to compare the Razorback Stadium. The Razorbacks are not selling all the tickets to the War Memorial games as it is.

It is time to determine what stadium needs that LR and/or the state wants or needs. A stadium that seat no more than 40,,000.

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dvc72120 says... March 17, 2018 at 11:55 a.m.

They should tear down the stadium, plow over the golf course & build some nice section 8 high rises so our folks will have a cheap place to live.

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CharlesJohnson says... March 17, 2018 at 12:58 p.m.

Rent subsidized apartments will never end apparently in Little Rock and the golf course property would be ideal for developing to tie downtown and the west Little Rock projects together in one big massive mass of squalor. Unknown owners and LLC's done by out of state developers with more traffic and strain on Police and Fire Departments and infrastructure while NLR continues to develop first-class communities, parks, and retail outlets. Little Rock continues to pursue it's race into government-approved poverty at taxpayers expense. Sad results and secretive development.

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NoUserName says... March 17, 2018 at 1:46 p.m.

UALR football would be a complete waste of money and resources. It's a commuter school with relatively low enrollment and does not need football.
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"The study suggested removing the golf course in favor of restaurants and housing that would be subject to property tax."
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Just what we need. More city overdevelopment to, well, pay for that overdevelopment.
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"The study also pitched a 1 percent city goods and services tax that would yield $5.5 million. A portion of that money would be used for stadium renovations "
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Hell no. There is simply no reason for LR to have a stadium anymore. The metropolitan area, which includes Conway, only has 800,000 people. Sorry, but that doesn't support a 50k+ seat stadium.

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TimberTopper says... March 17, 2018 at 3:41 p.m.

I feel that more Arkansans would enjoy it more if the 17 mil. was spent fixing the damn potholes.

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Delta2 says... March 17, 2018 at 3:55 p.m.

It's really funny as a non-Hog living in this state, watching as everyone still thinks it's so important for UAF to play a game in LR every year. Doing so makes UAF a continual joke in a conference like the SEC. If you're competing against the likes of Bama, Auburn, Florida. LSU, UGA, UT, aTm, etc., all somebody like Saban has to tell a 4-5 star recruit is "Do you want to play in front of 100K plus every home game, or do you want to go a bush league place like UAF and play one of you 'home' games at a glorified high school stadium?". Sure, the homeboy 3 and occasional 4 stars think playing in LR is cool, but the real talent will laugh at a Hog offer.

If y'all are content competing for 8th place in the league, go right ahead. Otherwise, tear WMS down, or make it something useful for central AR. Get over this Hogaholic delusion, it's the 21st Century. San Antonio isn't very far from Austin, yet UTSA is somehow thriving. LR needs to figure our how to make WMS work for it, not vice versa; otherwise, tear it down.

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RBear says... March 17, 2018 at 5:14 p.m.

NUN, UTSA is just like UALR. There are dorms/apartments and the majority of the enrollment is commuter. There are other "commuter" schools who have football and it does work. Small thinking on what actually works.

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NoUserName says... March 17, 2018 at 5:41 p.m.

People in Tx are football fanatics So of course it works at UTSA. Say nothing of the fact that SA has 6+ TIMES the number of people as Central AR. Arkansas is not Texas. And Little Rock is not San Antonio so we really need to stop trying to be SA jr. UALR football would be a very small niche. One that most people wouldn't care about. And one that would have to be subsidized. It will bring little to nothing to LR except a drain to toss money down.

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williamrollins says... March 18, 2018 at 8:20 a.m.

Real easy problem to solve. take the 17,000,000 / 273,000 = 62.27 per person. That's who should pay for the use of the stadium. If spread out over say 5 years, that would only be $12.45 per person who uses the facility. Not much more than the cost of going to a movie.

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