In Arkansas, fall means one thing: Razorback football! While not everyone is a fan of having home games in both Fayetteville and Little Rock, we’re lucky that games are accessible to residents across the entire state. Whether you check out a Hog game at home in Northwest Arkansas or catch one at War Memorial in Little Rock, here are 10 things to do at a Razorback game.
- Tailgate! In Fayetteville, you’ll find folks tailgating everywhere from parking lots to The Gardens and Victory Village – the two tailgating areas near the stadium. You’ll find lots of food, games, and friendship with fellow fans. In Little Rock, the War Memorial Golf Course gets covered with fans, tents, and plenty of chicken wings, barbecue and nachos.
- Learn a cheer. The Razorback Spirit Squad includes cheerleaders and a pom squad who get the crowd going in between plays. Don’t be shy – jump right in with them and yell for the Razorbacks!
- Sing the fight song. After a touchdown, you’ll hear the band begin to play. Just the opening notes of the fight song will hit a fan’s ears and cause them to break out in song. Don’t know the words? Brush up before you go.
- Find the mascots. We have four different mascots that you can spot at games. All of them are Razorbacks, but they each have their own flair. See if you can find them all during the game. Big Red is the traditional main costumed mascot. He’s likely to be wearing a football jersey and dancing around with fans. Sue E. is his cheerleading female counterpart. She will be shaking her pom poms getting the crowd pumped up. Pork Chop is the half-pint Razorback. He will also be wearing a football jersey, but his has the number “1/2” on it. He’s popular with the kids. Boss Hog is a giant 9-foot tall inflatable mascot who can be found bouncing around the stadium and field.
- Take a picture with Tusk. In the same vein as the mascots, Tusk is a symbol of Razorback football. He’s a Russian boar, which is as close as we can get to the wild hogs in the Arkansas wilderness. Tusk comes from the same lineage as all live mascots before him, and we are now at Tusk IV. He travels to all the games from his farm outside of Dardanelle.
- Watch the Running through the A and the GO HOGS spell out. Two very special traditions led by the Razorback Marching Band are the Running through the A and the GO HOGS spell out. Players enter the stadium through a giant A created by band members that stretch from the locker room to midfield. During the spell out, band members will go from 6 block formations on the field and transform into GO HOGS as the crowd cheers G, O, H, O, G, S!
- Call the hogs. No Razorback game experience would be complete without a hog call. The “Wooo Pig Sooie”, according to the university, is three “calls” slowly raising your arms above your head during the “Wooo”. They say an 8-second “Wooo” is traditional, and that during it you should wiggle your fingers as you yell louder and higher pitched. Here are the official university instructions for the hog call.
- Visit Dickson Street. Depending on the time of the game, you could visit Dickson before or after for food, shopping and fun. Popular spots include Hog Haus and Grubs for steak or burgers, and Arsaga’s for some coffee. Don’t miss the ever-popular Dickson Street Bookshop to find some interesting reads.
- Walk down the Senior Walk. A unique tradition on campus is the Senior Walk, which features over 150,000 names of graduates engraved into the sidewalk. If you know someone that graduated from U of A, you can look for their name.
- Celebrate a victory! Of course, the highlight of the evening will be watching the red fireworks light up the sky when the Razorbacks win!
What is your favorite thing to do at a Razorback Game? It’s such a unique experience that every Arkansan should go at least once.