Petrino starts RazorRock week

LITTLE ROCK — The historic Junction Bridge, connecting the downtowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock, will serve as a stage for the first RazorRock Pep Rally, Friday, September 4th at 6:00 p.m.

The entire 350-member University of Arkansas Marching Razorback Band, under the direction of new Director of Athletic Bands Dr. Chris Knighten, will march onto the bridge at 5:50 p.m., accompanied by over sixty cheerleaders and pom squad members.

Featured speaker will be University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jeff Long.

The best viewpoints for the Rally will be west of the bridge, along the north and south shore riverfronts, extending to the Main Street Bridge and beyond. There will be no viewing opportunity on the Junction Bridge itself.

Parking will be unavailable on the north shore between the Junction Bridge and Arkansas Queen to accommodate assembled fans. In North Little Rock, motorists are encouraged to park outside of Riverfront Park by utilizing public lots to the west and south of Verizon Arena.

Following the Rally, the Band will parade to Dickey-Stephens Park, where it will play the national anthem ahead of the Arkansas Travelers’ final game with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. University of Arkansas Head Baseball Coach Dave Van Horn will throw out the first pitch.

The parade route will proceed north off the bridge onto Verizon Way, turn west through the Second Street Promenade and U.S. Bank parking lot and onto West Second Street. It will turn south on Willow Street, then back west on Riverfront, where the band, cheerleaders and pom squad will enter Dickey-Stephens through the right field tunnel.

According to Pete Laven, General Manager of the Arkansas Travelers, “The Razorback Band marching to into our ballpark to perform the Star Spangled Banner on Friday should be something our fans will never forget.”

The band, cheerleaders and pom squad will also perform during the game.

Billed as Central Arkansas’ week-long Razorback football rally, RazorRock began today with a sold-out Little Rock Touchdown Club lunch with Bobby Petrino and concludes with Arkansas’s September 5th home opener against Missouri State in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium. Details on the entire week’s events may be found at