FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas football program began moving into its new facility, the Fred W. Smith Football Center on Monday.
Preliminary work for the next athletic facility began the same day.
Arkansas announced that site work for the baseball/track facility was underway Monday. The facility, which will provide Arkansas baseball and track athletes with indoor practices areas, will be located south of campus between Baum Stadium and the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Kinco Constructors, Inc., is the contractor for the facility, which is estimated to cost $9.625 million. The design team is Witsell Evans Rasco from Little Rock and HKS from Dallas. The early work for the facility — estimated at 52,00 square feet — includes demolition of the existing parking lots, but Arkansas said in a news release it will not move forward with the full project until fundraising efforts are complete.
Arkansas recently announced a fundraising initiative in hopes of securing money for three projects. In addition to the baseball/track facility, Arkansas is planning to build a basketball practice facility and student-athlete dining center.
The three projects carry an estimated price tag between $45 and $58 million. The UA Board of Trustees approved plans to issue $36.5 million in bonds to help finance the projects in February.
"These three facilities are critical to the future success of our program," Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement Monday. "We have already begun to see the positive impact of the Fred W. Smith Football Center on our football program, and now our focus is on gaining donor support for three additional facilities which will positively impact all of our more than 460 student-athletes."
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau