The 2021 Arkansas Razorbacks are a team on the comeback trail — but fans at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium have never left. They’ll be back in force this season for the return of tailgating at the University of Arkansas.
You’d expect an SEC team like Arkansas to have a great tailgating tradition, and you’d be right. In this guide, we’ll tell you all about game days in Fayetteville and how to take advantage of the best tailgating service at the University of Arkansas.
Before Game Day
Razorbacks 2021 Home Schedule
Here are the teams Arkansas is hosting this season. All games on Saturday except where noted.
- Sept 4 – Rice
- Sept 11 – Texas
- Sept 18 – Georgia Southern
- Oct 16 – Auburn
- Oct 23 – Arkansas/Pine Bluff (at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock)
- Nov 6 – Mississippi State
- NOv 26 (Friday) – Missouri
Rivalry Games: Texas and Missouri are the biggest rivals on the Razorbacks’ home schedule this year.
You can get season tickets for Razorback football at the team’s official online ticket site. Mini-plans and single-game tickets will be available at some point mid-to-late summer — keep an eye on the website and get tickets as soon as you can.
The website says the only way to guarantee a seat for the home game against Texas is to buy season tickets, so if you’re dead set on seeing the Razorbacks play the Longhorns, you should snap those up now.
Travel, Accommodations, and Transportation
Fayetteville is a small college town nestled in the northwest corner of Arkansas, about 200 miles from the state capital Little Rock. Here’s how to get there and where to stay.
Traveling to Fayetteville
Driving: The main roads to Fayetteville are Interstate 49 and US Routes 62 and 71. Arkansas Highways 16 and 112 also pass through town.
Air Travel: Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) is about 19 miles northwest of Fayetteville, up Arkansas Highway 112. For a regional airport, it connects to a surprising number of major U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and every big airport in Florida and Texas.
The closest international airports to Fayetteville aren’t that close: Tulsa (TUL) and Kansas City (MCI) are 112 and 257 miles away, respectively.
Nearby Hotels and Accommodations
The three hotels closest to the university include The Inn at Carnall Hall, The Dickson St. Inn, and Graduate Fayetteville. You’ll find several national chains around the junction of I-49 and US Route 62, around a mile from the university.
Here are some hotel recommendations from Google Maps.
If you plan on hosting your own tailgate party, find a hotel that can accommodate all your equipment and vehicles. You might consider booking a residential room with Airbnb if you can’t find a local hotel that can.
Getting to Razorback Stadium
The University of Arkansas offers a lot of game-day shuttles to and from Razorback Stadium. The Silver Route hits some local and campus spots, while the Gold Route only serves Lot 56. The local transit service, Passio GO!, has a few bus routes that go to campus, as well.
How to Tailgate at University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas — a small college town with an SEC-conference football team. You know tailgating at the University of Arkansas is a huge deal. At the same time, it’s more relaxed than many other schools and more hospitable to fans of visiting teams (except for Texas). Here’s how to make the most of Razorback Saturday.
Where to Tailgate at University of Arkansas
Most of the lots closest to the stadium are reserved for members of the Razorback Foundation that hold season tickets. There are some on-campus lots for general parking at $20 a pop.
Here’s the parking map. Almost all parking lots and green spaces around the stadium are tailgate-friendly.
RVs park at Road Hog Park, which is about a mile south of the stadium. Many of the spaces are reserved for “priority” RVs, meaning members of the Arkansas Razorback Roadhogs. That also means the tailgate party at Road Hog Park is more organized than other RV lots, but they’re very welcoming to guests.
General RV parking is on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early. Shuttle service from the park to the game starts four hours before kickoff. Non-member parking costs $150 per weekend for SEC games and $50 for non-SEC games.
Some of the main destinations for tailgating at the University of Arkansas include the following:
Just south of the stadium near Bud Walton Arena is the center of Arkansas tailgating on game day. The Gardens have a grass area with a surprising amount of non-reserved space for tents. Guests arrive as early as 7 a.m., and the University provides shuttle service to the game should you feel discouraged from walking.
AT&T Fun Zone
The Fun Zone is located within the Gardens. It’s more geared toward family entertainment, which means inflatable toys abound. You can also catch the action from all the other games of the day on big-screen TVs.
There are actually two Victory Villages — on the east and north sides of Razorback Stadium. Most of the tent space in these areas is reserved, and there are a few big tents for large-scale celebrations.
Tailgating at University of Arkansas: Rules
Tailgaters are welcome to start setting up their tents at 5 p.m. the day before the game. Tailgating rules include:
- Grills are okay, except in parking garages
- Don’t dump coals or ash on the lot
- The maximum tent size is 10’ by 10’
- Tents cannot obstruct walkways or traffic lanes
- No alcohol is allowed on campus
- Generators and sound systems are fine, but can’t be too noisy
Tailgating at University of Arkansas: Traditions
Want to make the most of your tailgating experience at the University of Arkansas. Here are some traditions you won’t want to miss!
Razorback coaches and players begin their march to the stadium near the Access A area. Joined by the spirit squad and marching band, they saunter to the locker rooms while exchanging pleasantries with fans lining the route.
The live Razorback mascot is a hog named Tusk. He or she attends every single home game. The current iteration, Tusk V, is a 3-year-old Russian boar. He was adorable as a kid, but we’re not sure how the years have changed him.
Off-Campus Drinks and Food
You’ll find these options for beverages and food near the University of Arkansas.
Bars Near Razorback Stadium
Most of the bars closest to the University are on or around Dickson Street, about a half-mile east of campus. They include Infusion Bar, Dickson Street Pub, Sideways Bar, Farrell’s Lounge, Shotz, and Bugsy’s. Grub’s Bar on N. West Avenue identifies itself as a sports bar.
For more options, check out Google Maps’ recommendations for bars in Fayetteville.
Restaurants Near Razorback Stadium
Eating establishments close to the University include:
- Penguin Ed’s for barbecue
- Smiley’s Smokehouse for barbecue
- Theo’s for upscale American
- Ella’s Table, also for upscale American
- Hugo’s for burgers
- Catfish Hole for seafood
For more options, check out Google Maps’ Fayetteville restaurant recommendations.
University of Arkansas Gameday Gear
With the new season fast approaching, it’s time to get some new Arkansas gameday gear to rep at your tailgate.
If you want to rep Arkansas before gameday, this is a great-looking ball cap! Linked here.
For all things attire Fanatics: Arkansas is a great place to start. They have something for every member of the family. Be sure to only buy when they have promotions running, which is quite often!
Fanatics also has a fun section Arkansas: Tailgate & Party that has cute decorations, car decals, and tailgate games. Outside of cornhole (bags) games, I’d stick to Amazon for your bigger tailgate items like tents, tables, chairs, etc.
If you’re thinking of upgrading some of your basic equipment, be sure to check out the following blogs:
Tailgating at the University of Arkansas is a time-honored tradition with one of the SEC’s most fervent fan bases. Expect a laid-back attitude, great Southern food, and exceptional Razorback hospitality (as long as you’re not a Texas Longhorn fan).
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