War Memorial Stadium area prepares for match day parking


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The University of Arkansas football games played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock are known to be a big event. Even beyond the game itself, the tailgating, the stage, the neighborhood feel.

Parking in these neighborhoods, for many people, spawned the tradition of the Little Rock games.

As the Hogs prepare to take on the UAPB Golden Lions on Saturday for the annual War Memorial game, the surrounding neighborhood is also gearing up for game day.

“The hustle and bustle can be a little stressful if you live here, sort of a prisoner in your own home, but you live here long enough to learn how to prepare for it,” said Mark Robinette, a resident of the Hillcrest area.

He has a corner lot in the neighborhood, so he can fit multiple cars onto his property. He says he could fit about 16, but he normally doesn’t stack that many.

“I’m not too hard on people, I want people to come in and out,” Robinette explained.

Robinette was unwilling to reveal her allegiance in this match, but joked that everyone was asked to pay to park in her yard.

“Golden lions are welcome, everyone, anyone who has money to park is welcome! Robinette exclaimed.

Michael McMurray, of the United Methodist Church in Pulaski Heights, said they will also open their parking lot to fans on Saturday.

They have around 200 places available and plan to fill them.

“And we’re really excited to be football fans on both sides, we’re excited to open our parking lots,” McMurray said.

The parking lot for the game also serves as a fundraiser for their youth department.

“All the money goes to our youth mission fund, it helps send our young people on mission trips around the state and across the country,” McMurray explained.

McMurray said the church would start parking people at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning and would operate on a first-come, first-served basis. He suggests people arrive early because they’re not just paying for a seat, they’re paying for the convenience.

“Three blocks, I would say, so we’re right, here we are for sure, top notch real estate,” McMurray said.

Both men are delighted the Hogs are back in town after missing a game at War Memorial Stadium last season.

“I think it will be a good atmosphere on Saturday,” said Robinette.

“We’re really excited that it’s been a good game, a great day and hopefully great weather,” said McMurray.

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