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Bud Walton Arena

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History

Arkansas begins its 22nd season in Bud Walton Arena – The Basketball Palace of Mid-America in 2014-15.

When Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference in August of 1990, then Razorback Men’s Athletic Director Frank Broyles knew the athletic facilities had to be upgraded to contend in America’s most nationally competitive league.

His attention turned immediately to basketball. The men’s basketball team had been very successful, coming off a Final Four trip earlier that year, but they, along with the women’s team, played in 9,000-seat Barnhill Arena. One day, Bud Walton, co-founder of Wal-Mart, visited Broyles and asked him what Arkansas needed most to be competitive in the SEC. Broyles mentioned the need for additional basketball seats and was asked by Walton what a new arena would cost. The figure $30 million was discussed and Walton offered to pay half. From that visit, fabulous Bud Walton Arena was born.

Ground breaking to grand opening was accomplished in a remarkable 18 months. The Razorbacks played in Bud Walton for the first time in November of 1993. Everything went perfectly during the first full year. Not only did Arkansas men’s team sell out the arena, the Razorbacks were unbeaten in their new home (16-0) and won the 1994 national championship.

Bud Walton Arena houses a deluxe museum on the ground level that includes a tribute to Arkansas’ 1994 NCAA Men’s Championship and multiple Final Four appearances by both programs as well as the history of Razorback basketball, track and field, baseball, tennis and golf. Eye-catching displays on the concourse level salute recent Razorback highlights.

Arena Facts
CAPACITY AVERAGE ATTENDANCE OPENED BUD WALTON ARENA RECORD
19,368 16,229 Nov. 29, 1993 293-78 (.790)
MEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-TIME TOP 5 SINGLE-GAME ATTENDANCE FIGURES
Opponent Date Attendance
Kentucky Jan. 26, 1997 20,320
Auburn Feb. 24, 1999 20,298
Kentucky Jan. 29, 1995 20,298
Alabama Jan. 24, 1998 20.275
Georgia Mar. 3, 2001 20,274
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-TIME TOP 5 SINGLE-GAME ATTENDANCE FIGURES
Opponent Date Attendance
Wisconsin Mar. 23, 1999 14,163
LSU Jan. 19, 2003 11,486
Auburn Feb. 8, 1998 11,410
Tennessee Jan. 30, 2003 11,014
Drake Mar. 20, 1999 9,041