Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Samford attendance lowest in 11 years
Arkansas Razorbacks' Javontee Herndon celebrates his touchdown in the end zone in the second quarter against Samford Bulldogs during their game September 7, 2013 at War Memorial Stadium.
FAYETTEVILLE Proponents for Arkansas keeping two games in Little Rock won't point toward Saturday when trying to sway decision makers.
The Razorbacks' game against Samford was the program's lowest attendance for a home game since 2002. The announced crowd at War Memorial Stadium for Arkansas' 31-21 win was 47,348.
The game was the seventh-lowest attendance for a game in Little Rock since the Razorbacks joined the Southeastern Conference in 1992. Arkansas is under contract to play two games at War Memorial Stadium through the 2016 season.
- 0 50% 1166 votes
- 1 26% 604 votes
- 2 22% 518 votes
2288 total votes.
Ticket prices and the quality of competition likely explain the reason for Saturday's smaller crowd. Tickets for the game against the FCS opponent were $55 - the same price as SEC games against Texas A&M, South Carolina and Auburn in Fayetteville.
Season ticket sales in Little Rock have decreased since the LSU game was moved to Arkansas' on campus home last year. The Razorbacks and Tigers met nine times at War Memorial Stadium from 1994 to 2010.
Since expanding seating capacity for Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Arkansas' lowest attendance for a game played in Fayetteville was 52,683 against Weber State in 2001.
Here is a look at the 10 smallest attendances at War Memorial Stadium since 1992.
22,329 - LSU, 1996
42,214 - Troy State, 2002
43,982 - LSU, 2000
45,633 - LSU, 1994
46,080 - SMU, 1992
46,341 - Louisiana Tech, 1996
47,348 - Samford, 2013
49,178 - South Carolina, 1997
48,816 - Northeast Louisiana, 1997
50,075 - Mississippi State, 1993