Sign Of The Times For Arkansas

August 21, 2012

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long is enforcing a football fan sign policy that has been in effect for the past five seasons.  Fans who wish to enter War Memorial Stadium with sign-in-hand must first have university approal.  Earlier this week, Long tweeted, “All signs Students and Fans would like to display at FB games must be approved in advance. Call Julie Cain at (479) 575-3134 for approval.”  The reason for the sign initiative is to prevent the displaying of inappropriate language during games.

Official Arkansas Policy:

Any signs and banners could present issues regarding fan safety and the ability of others to watch the game (i.e. signs blocking the view of others etc.). Since the policy has been established, we have been working with students and others to allow some pre-approved signs into the venue. The approval process would include review of the size, physical makeup of the signs as well as assurances that messages displayed on the signs would not potentially create game management issues by inciting other fans or creating crowd management issues. Our primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of our fans and provide the best game experience for all fans. All of our policies and procedures are targeted at those goals.

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