FAYETTEVILLE - Donald W. Reynolds Stadium may soon be getting a $160 million face-lift.

FAYETTEVILLE - Donald W. Reynolds Stadium may soon be getting a $160 million face-lift.


The Arkansas athletics department is seeking approval from the university Board of Trustees to move forward with a re-design and renovation of the school’s football stadium. The most noticeable change would be to the north end zone, where new amenities would include suites, loge boxes, club seats and club areas.


Funding for the project would be provided through athletic department revenues, including season-ticket and single-game ticket price increases, capital gifts and bond proceeds from a future bond issue, according an athletics department press release.


"We want to complete the full connection of the stadium, from the north to the south and from the east to the west, while further enhancing one of the nation’s finest facilities," athletic director Jeff Long said in the release. "We have heard from our fans that they want seating options and amenities available at varying price levels, to meet the evolving demands of the Razorback fan base."


The north end zone would also, under the new configuration, connect the east and west concourses, add concession stands and restrooms and additional entrances to the stadium. A new gameday locker room, training room and support room would be added specifically for the football team’s use.


Such additions and changes would require the removal of the Frank Broyles Athletic Center that currently occupies the space. The current center would be removed and rebuilt elsewhere in the north end zone. it would still house administrative offices and space for ticketing and merchandise.


Changes to the stadium were first proposes in 2009 when the department hired an outside firm to develop a facilities plan. The plan included expansion and in 2013 the department created a team to study the feasibility of redevelopment of the north end zone.


The Trustees must accept both the design and cost estimate request from the athletics department and also a separate request for the department to begin accept contributions and gifts for the new suites, log boxes and club seats. If approved, the project would then be returned to Trustees at a later date with donations and ticket sales promised so the project could then commence.


Other changes to the stadium include:


- New elevators installed at the northeast and northwest corners to service the existing east and west suites, club areas, and upper level seating.


- Updates and renovations to existing suites and club areas


- A new video board added at the south end of the stadium.


- Enhancements to security and safety systems


Upper-level ticket costs would likely go down, Long said, while lower-level ticket costs would be the ones rising. The result is an overall is an average higher cost per ticket.


There was no timetable for when the changes would begin or could be expected to be finished, if approved.