Proposals accepted for spectator event at War Memorial Stadium

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) – The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT) invites special event organizers to submit proposals to promote and manage a unique viewing experience of the 2024 Great American Eclipse at War Memorial Stadium (WMS). This one-time opportunity will be available to a special event organizer who is interested in promoting, managing and profiting from the 2024 Great American Eclipse at WMS.

Potential special event organizers must submit a proposed plan by Monday, Dec. 5, 2022.

Proposals must contain the organization name, contact information, event type and description, merchandising items, event pricing, advertising strategy, operational management plan (labor, event, flow and safety) and projected revenue. Proposals should be mailed to War Memorial Stadium, Stadium Manager, #1 Stadium Drive, Little Rock 72205. For more information, call 501-663-6385.

The Great American Eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, 2024. Nearly two-thirds of Arkansas, including WMS, will be within the path of full totality, meaning the sky will be completely dark. The eclipse begins at 12:33 p.m. and will conclude at 3:11 p.m. This is only the third full solar eclipse in history to pass over Arkansas. The first was in 1834 and the most recent was in 1918.

A 2017 eclipse was a major tourism event for states within the path of totality. These areas reported historic tourism visitation and economic impact from the eclipse.

In 2024, the eclipse’s path will be nearly double in size and the time of darkness nearly twice as long as in 2017. Many scientists believe that the 2024 eclipse will be the most-viewed eclipse in history. There will be high demand for spectator locations with infrastructure such as WMS, which will offer an unobstructed overhead view of the moon as it obscures the intense bright light of the sun.

For additional information, call 501-663-6385.

War Memorial Stadium

From impressive concerts to miracles on the gridiron, WMS has been home to history since 1948. The stadium has been one of Arkansas’s most beloved venues for 70 years, all while serving as a distinguished memorial to those who have served our country. Centrally located in Arkansas, WMS offers great access to major highways, hotels and restaurants. This traditional open-bowl football stadium has an outdoor seating capacity of 54,000 circling a man-made turf field. There are 21 concession stands, 17 restrooms and 5,000-plus available parking spaces. There is also a press box with additional seating suites, concession stands, restrooms and audio-visual capability.

Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism

The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism protects and promotes our state’s natural, cultural and historic assets, contributing to a thriving economy and high quality of life. It is made up of three divisions: Arkansas State Parks, Arkansas Heritage and Arkansas Tourism. Stacy Hurst serves as the cabinet secretary for the department.

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