While visiting, make plans to stay overnight in one of our many hotels. Dine with the locals at our area restaurants. Don't forget to unwind with our great downtown shopping and nightlife.
Be sure to discover Fayetteville's many attractions. Stop by the Visitors Center on the Square for all things Fayetteville. Visit our calendar of events prior to arrival and read up on our blog to see what's new. Check out the Clinton House Museum or the Fayetteville Farmers' Market on Saturday morning before the big game.
Fayetteville is located in the northwest corner of the state of Arkansas. The local commercial airport is Northwest Arkansas Regional (airport code -- XNA), but teams may also use Fayetteville Executive Airport (also known as Drake Field; airport code -- FYV).
Directions from XNA to Fayetteville, total 24 miles:
Follow the signs to exit the airport, then turn left (east) onto Hwy. 264
Go 3.5 miles to Cave Springs. At Cave Springs, turn right onto Hwy. 112/264
Go 0.4 miles. Turn left onto Hwy. 264 and travel east 6 miles to I-49
Take I-49 South for 10 miles and then take any of these exits for Fayetteville:
Exit 67 - Fayetteville Business District (Northwest Arkansas Mall and Hwy. 71B)
Exit 66 - Hwy. 112, the 112 Drive-In Theatre and Sam's Club
Exit 64 - Lake Wedington
Exit 62 - U of A campus
Exit 60 - Clinton House Museum and the Downtown Fayetteville Square
The University of Arkansas campus is accessed from Interstate 49 at three major exits: 60 (Razorback Road), 62 (Sixth Street/Martin Luther King Blvd.) and 63 (Wedington Road). Teams and fans coming to our competition sports venues will be best served by Exit 62 for all but baseball and indoor track, where exit 61 may be easier for bus access.
Fayetteville has over 2000 hotel rooms that offer something for every traveler while away from home. Be sure to book your room as early as possible for game weekends!
For a complete listing of hotels, visit our Hotels & Inns Directory
You may also utilize our “Book a Room” feature on the main page of the www.experiencefayetteville.com . Just put in your desired dates and see what is available in our area.
It’s good to be hungry when you’re in Fayetteville, but it’s hard to stay that way. No matter what your tastes, we’ve got you covered, and in almost every price range too. Be sure to take in one of our unique, locally owned restaurants. They are sure to not disappoint.
Keep in mind, game day weekends are a very busy time. Be sure to make advance reservations for those applicable restaurants.
Click here for a complete Dining list
Fayetteville is the entertainment headquarters of the region and your source for music, good food and fun. The Downtown and Dickson Street areas are at the epicenter of the arts and entertainment attractions. As the region’s entertainment district, it’s guaranteed a good time for everyone!
Click here for some great Nightlife options
Spend the day wandering through some of the city’s most unique retail shops.
Click here for a complete Shopping directory
Fayetteville offers plenty to do while you're in town, from historical attractions, museums, spas and art venues, to day trips, family fun and outdoor adventures. With the abundance of culture and attractions, you may need to extend your stay.
2016 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|9/03||Louisiana Tech Bulldogs||Fayetteville, AR|
|9/10||at TCU Horned Frogs||Fort Worth, TX|
|9/17||Texas State Bobcats||Fayetteville, AR|
|9/24||at Texas A&M Aggies||Arlington, TX|
|10/01||Alcorn State Braves||Little Rock, AR|
|10/08||Alabama Crimson Tide||Fayetteville, AR|
|10/15||Ole Miss Rebels||Fayetteville, AR|
|10/22||at Auburn Tigers||Auburn, AL|
|11/05||Florida Gators||Fayetteville, AR|
|11/12||LSU Tigers||Fayetteville, AR|
|11/19||at Mississippi State Bulldogs||
|11/26||at Missouri Tigers||Columbia, MO|
For all of the important game day information that you will need to have a worry-free experience while in Fayetteville, be sure to check out the University of Arkansas Athletics website for all there is to know about parking, tailgating, traffic flow and more!
For game ticket questions, please contact the University of Arkansas Ticket Office at (479) 575-5151 or toll-free (800) 982-4647 or visit their website
Evolution of the Razorback Program
Arkansas has a long tradition of backing its Razorbacks, whether it's football, baseball, basketball, volleyball or any of the other eight sports at the University of Arkansas. Hog fans come out in full force to root on their team.
The first team formed on campus and the flagship of the sports programs is the Razorback football team. More than a century ago, the Arkansas football team, then called the Arkansas Cardinals, returned from defeating LSU and as the legend goes, coach Hugo Bezdek proclaimed his team "played like a wild band of razorback hogs." The name was adopted and the rest is history.
The football team plays most home games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, which holds 76,000 fans – quite a bit more than the original stadium which held a mere 300 fans. The hogs also play two games a year at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Other traditions run throughout the athletic programs, like the famous Hog Call "Woo Pig Sooie" and the live mascot, Tusk. In fact, there are only a few universities that maintain a live mascot program, but Razorback supporters young and old are fans of Tusk and are the primary reason that the tradition continues today. .
Calling the Hogs
A chant of “Woo Pig Sooie” is known worldwide as a Hog Call. Just like any good tradition, there are lots of versions of the Hog Call (even spellings).
A properly executed Hog Call is composed of three “calls,” slowly raising one’s arms from the knees to above the head during the “Woo.” Traditionalists prescribe an eight second “Woo.” The fingers should be wiggled and the “Woo” should build in volume and pitch as the arms rise.
Upon completion of the “Woo,” both arms are brought straight down with fists clinched as if executing a chin-up while yelling, “Pig”. The right arm is extended up and out with the “Sooie.”
A full Hog Call -- the kind one will always hear victorious Razorback teams execute after contests -- requires two more Hog Calls, followed immediately by a “Razor-Backs” yell, coordinated with a pumping motion of the right arm after the third “Sooie.” So, in order, the full Hog Call is:
Woooooooo. Pig. Sooie!
Woooooooo. Pig. Sooie!
Woooooooo. Pig. Sooie!
We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 things you need to know to be properly acclimated to Fayetteville. These aren’t necessarily the top-rated coffee shops on Yelp or the trendy, friendly-to-18- year-olds clubs your friend might boast about. Instead, these are the things that “townies” do on a regular basis. Follow these tips and you’ll look like atrue Fayettevillian — save that word, it’s what’s we call ourselves — sooner than your friends.
And the list, in descending order:
10) Use the trail system — So you want to work out, huh? You’ll have free access to the HPER building on campus, and you’ll have a lot of options there. But sometimes you just need to get outside, and the Fayetteville trail system offers miles of pretty views. The trail extends into campus behind fraternity row on Stadium Drive, or you can catch it on Dickson Street. While on the trail, you can run, walk or bike the paved path that currently connects to the most student filled
Fayetteville park (Wilson Park) and Lake Fayetteville.
9) Drive the Pig Trail — Back in
the day, when Interstate 49 wasn’t even a gleam in the governor’s eye,
folks traveled to UA football games on “the Pig Trail,” Arkansas 23 that runs north and south between Brashears and I-40. It’s still a beautiful, winding, mountainous route for a weekend drive to Turner Bend, where you can get some of the best sandwiches in this corner of the state. In the summer, you can stop there and canoe the Mulberry River. And it’s the perfect place to see fall color, if you’re into that sort of thing.
8) See some Fayetteville bands— Fayetteville loves to support its own when it comes to live music, and there are plenty of artists to celebrate. Prominent among them is Smokey & the Mirror, a folk duo that tours the country when not busy preparing for the annual Fayetteville Roots Festival, which takes place this weekend. Other Fayetteville based acts that perform with great frequency are Sarah Hughes, Randall Shreve, Darren Ray and a more recent addition to the music scene here, Shawn James and his band
7) Attend George’s Happy Hour— Several years ago, George’s Majestic
Lounge became a smoke-free venue. And those older than 18 but younger than 21 years old are now welcome inside. One of Fayetteville’s longest-held traditions is the 6-9 p.m. happy hour every Friday at George’s. Usually featuring the blues or cover bands, it’s a dance party every week. It does tend to draw an olderthan- college-age crowd, so it might be a perfect spot to take your parents if they’re in town for a football game.
6) Stroll the Farmers’ Market —Sure, you can buy vegetables and flowers
at the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market. But it’s also the central hub of the community. On Saturday mornings until it’s too cold, everybody who is anybody is strolling the downtown square, sipping coffee, petting dogs and talking about the Hogs. You’ll run into your friends, your parents’ friends, your professors, local musicians and artists and every politician eying a race any time in the next four years. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, with additional hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
5) Take a walk down Dickson Street— This street that runs into the university campus is filled with places to shop, eat and people watch. Dig for duds in boutiques such as E.Leigh’s or Something Urban, browse through books at Nightbird
Books and Dickson Street Book Shop and then stop for food at one of the many eateries, among them Hog Haus Brewing Company, Qdoba, Jimmy John’s, Jose’s,
Bordinos or Common Grounds Gourmet Espresso Bar and Restaurant. It’s also where many of the bars in town can be found. You are 21, right?
4) Watch football from a lawn or tailgate — No ticket to the footballgame? No problem. Stretch out on the hill near the intersection of Stadium Drive and Maple Street and watch the game for free through the opening in the stadium. Tailgates are also a big part of football season, and fans set up tents, grills and televisions in parking lots and grassy areas around the stadium. Bring some food and cheer on the Razorbacks.
3) Eat unique-to-Fayetteville foods— Some food choices can be found only in Fayetteville. Stop by Hugo’s on Block Avenue and treat yourself to a grasshopper crepe — mint ice cream, chocolate chunks and chocolate syrup. Other must-try options include ribs at Herman’s and a burger at Mr. Burger, a Fayetteville staple for decades.
2) Do More Than Read at the Library — The Fayetteville Public Library is, of course, a repository for books. But like the Farmers’ Market, it’s a place where Fayettevillians gather to create community. The Walker Community Room is home to lectures, movies, concerts and today, a live broadcast of “Ozarks at Large,” the local news program produced by KUAF, Fayetteville’s National Public Radio affiliate. You can catch the show at noon.
1) Master the Hog Call — Want to look like a true Fayettevillian (and Razorback)? Master the hog call, and use it often, and you’ll fit in perfectly. Let someone else start it, at least the first few times, then, as it begins, raise both arms in an over exaggerated sweep skyward and wiggle your fingers wildly as everyone screams “Woo!” You might run out of breath your first few times; it’s a long call and that’s OK. At the scream of “Pig,” clench your hands into fists, then pull your elbows in tight to your ribcage. At the urging of “Sooie,” throw your right fist in the air (but don’t smack anyone with it). After three repeated sequences, everyone yells “Razorbacks” accompanied by a second fist thrust. Practice up — in good times and bad, you’ll hear a lot of it.
Welcome to Fayetteville. We’re glad you’re here
(Woo Pig Welcome tips via the Northwest Arkansas Times)
We are proud members of the Southeastern Conference. If you are traveling to any of our opponents this season, here is a list of their gameday information pages:
Alabama – Tuscaloosa, AL
Auburn – Auburn, AL
Florida – Gainesville, FL
Georgia – Athens, GA
Kentucky – Lexington, KY
LSU – Baton Rouge, LA
Mississippi State– Starkville, MS
Mizzou – Columbia, MO
Ole Miss – Oxford, MS
South Carolina – Columbia, SC
Tennessee – Knoxville, TN
Texas A&M – College Station, TX
Vanderbilt – Nashville, TN
If you still haven’t found what you are looking for on this page, here is a listing of other helpful resources that may help you!
Fayetteville Visitors Bureau
(800) 766-4626 or (479) 521-5776
21 South Block Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701
University of Arkansas
Arkansas Alumni Association
(888) 275-2586 or (479) 575-2801
Fayetteville Police Department
(479) 587-3555 (non-emergency)
911 or (479) 521-5800
Washington Regional Medical Center
Camping and RV Park Guide (click for .pdf )
Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course (public)
Fayetteville Country Club (private)
Paradise Valley Golf Course (private)
Other Tailgating Venues
Located at Pratt Place Barn
Just off campus – open to the Public
Camping, parking, and shuttles offered