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story.lead_photo.caption The scene outside War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2018. - Photo by Gavin Lesnick

The remainder of this year's Salt Bowl has been canceled after a panic sent fans running in different directions during the game’s third quarter Saturday night.

With a little more than nine minutes left to play in the quarter, fans started running to other sections of Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium, jumping over some partitions to do so.

In a tweet, the Little Rock Police Department said a fight broke out at the stadium, resulting in minor injuries. It was not immediately clear how many people were hurt.

Two people were seen taken out on stretchers. Their injuries did not appear serious.

“There has been no shooting incident,” the agency wrote.

Gallery: Fight, panic clears War Memorial Stadium

Shane Broadway, one of the Salt Bowl's organizers, said officials will work to learn more about what happened.

"There were 38,215 fans enjoying a heck of a football game, a great tailgate party," he said. "We raised a record amount of peanut butter to help the people in our communities.

"I know that what happened tonight may overshadow some of that. But I wanted to say something on behalf of our committee and both of our school districts that a lot of good did happen here tonight. And we're going to get to the bottom of what did occur and what caused this incident. Because at the end of the day, whoever caused it needs to be brought to justice because kids lost tonight."

Announcements continued on repeat around 9:20 p.m. on the stadium’s loud speaker, urging people to stay in the stands.

A short time later, the stadium announcer said a decision had been made to cancel the game. Fans were then asked to leave.

An estimated 38,000 people were said to be in attendance at the Salt Bowl, an annual rivalry football game between Benton and Bryant. Many, however, had already made their way out of the stadium by the time the game was called off.

Audio by Mickey Doyle

Read Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Information for this article was contributed by Mickey Doyle, Gavin Lesnick and Jillian Kremer of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


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Archived Comments

    August 25, 2018 at 9:56 p.m.


  • NoUserName
    August 25, 2018 at 10:05 p.m.

    Pretty much. Can't behave? Cancel the game permanently.

  • TheBatt
    August 25, 2018 at 10:09 p.m.

    How utterly ridiculous and sad... no home training, bad attitudes -

    The questions I would ask - did the police ever find those who were causing the trouble/fight?

    Why was there not enough security to prevent this from getting out of hand?

    Were these even Benton/Bryant folks causing the trouble?

  • Teedog
    August 25, 2018 at 10:17 p.m.

    Country comes to town? Both embarrassing and sad for these two great Arkansas schools and their communities.

  • GeneralMac
    August 25, 2018 at 10:34 p.m.

    Little Rock resembles East St Louis more and more every day.

  • Shearload
    August 25, 2018 at 10:43 p.m.

    The fans bolted. Security did not tell them to leave. PA announcer entreated them to stay. Saline County folks are fragile. Lots of things scare them, so they vote conservative. Conservative politicians feed on this.

    I remember countless fights at football games over four decades. I don't recall the fans bolting from any of those games.

  • Rockamundo
    August 25, 2018 at 10:57 p.m.

    What was the score?

  • Shearload
    August 25, 2018 at 11:04 p.m.

    Bryant up 28-14.

  • HawgJockey
    August 25, 2018 at 11:44 p.m.

    This has been a powder keg for awhile. For whatever reason, young folks have been allowed to congregate under the stands. This is not new. Security was obviously inadequate and when the powder keg blew, panic ensued. Someone "saw a gun" and it was over. The decision to remove the teams from the field fanned the panic. For those who can't help but politicize everything, the perps were democrats.

  • ZeebronZ
    August 26, 2018 at 12:21 a.m.