Year after year, gung-ho fans continue to fill up Razorback and Naturals stadiums in Northwest Arkansas, and 2016 is no exception. Come find out what everyone’s raving about as our home teams head into spring!
They earned the nickname “Omahogs” after playing in the College World Series in 2015, and this year the University of Arkansas Razorback baseball team started 2016 ranked in the pre-season Collegiate Baseball poll. Coached by Dave Van Horn, the U of A “Diamond Hogs” call the state-of-the-art Baum Stadium in Fayetteville home – named one of the top five “must visit” stadiums for 2016 by NCAA.com. The season runs through May 21 (May 19 being the last home game), followed by regionals, super regionals and the College World Series in June (fingers crossed!), so there’s plenty of time to catch all the action, free giveaways, fan specials and more! Visit arkansasrazorbacks.com for more.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals return to action on April 7 when they host the Frisco RoughRiders to begin season nine of Naturals baseball. The Naturals are the Double-A Texas League Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals – the 2015 World Series champs! And with that kind of baseball lineage, expect the very best in minor league play. Coupled with family giveaways and fantastic fireworks shows at Springdale’s Arvest Ballpark, Naturals baseball is an exciting experience indeed! Visit milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t1350 for more.
Razorback Football Red/White Game & RazorFest
Fans will be in Hog heaven at the Arkansas Razorback football team’s annual Red/White Game and RazorFest celebration this year on Saturday, April 23. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at the U of A campus is where the football scrimmage gets underway at noon. The game is free and open to the public. Before the game, RazorFest is where you’ll find Razorback team players signing autographs, mascots Big Red, Sue. E or Pork Chop showing off their team spirit, live music, fun giveaways and fans galore! Visit championsforkids.org/razorfest for more info.