FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas took the next step in its plan to expand Razorback Stadium on Friday, when the Board of Trustees approved the athletic department’s plans to conduct a market and cost analysis for the project.

The Board approved the university's selection of Populous and Polk Stanley Wilcox as the architect/engineer design team for the project.

Flintco, LLC also was approved as the construction manager/general contractor for the study.

“The market and cost analysis will provide us specific details and estimates that will enable us to make a fully informed decision on a potential expansion of the north end zone,” Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a news release Friday.

“It is imperative that we consider the many variables involved in the project, including the potential cost of an expansion and what type of additional seating would best accommodate the current and future demand of our fans. We appreciate the continued support of our Board of Trustees as we continue the implementation of our strategic approach to facility planning.”

Further approval for the project will be needed if the university determines the expansion is viable and decides to proceed. Funding could come from athletic department revenue, gifts and bond proceeds from a future bond issue.

The athletic department said no university funds would be required for the project.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau