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Razorback Stadium renovations could alter Arkansas' spring game

There could be a few slight changes to Arkansas' annual Red-White Game because of the north end zone project.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Renovations at Razorback Stadium could impact Arkansas' annual spring game.

The Razorbacks will only move the ball toward the south end of the field during the Red-White Game and attendance will likely be limited to between 25,000 and 30,000, but the game should go on as scheduled, head coach Bret Bielema announced Wednesday.

"If everything goes as planned, we’re going to be able to get in there for the spring game," Bielema said. "I just don’t want to put our players in danger."

Shortly after the game, which is the last of 15 spring practices, Bielema said trucks will begin hauling things into the stadium as part of the construction in the north end zone. That will damage the turf and likely make it unplayable.

It sounds like Arkansas actually considered not having a spring game, but the decided against that route. Last season, Ole Miss did not have a spring game while Vaught-Hemingway Stadium was being transitioned from artificial turf to grass.

"We looked into different options, but administration and everybody just felt it would be good to have the spring game in some capacity," Bielema said.

Complete details of the Red-White Game will be revealed about two weeks before the April 29 noon kickoff. It will be the last SEC spring game and be televised on the SEC Network.


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