Once the Arkansas Razorbacks earned a spot in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., the roadways between south Logan County and TD Ameritrade Park were kept warm by area travellers who took impromptu vacations or altered plans of such, and even more so after the Hogs punched their ticket for the championship series.
Personal businesses owners shut down for extended periods, some folks with other midweek plans like the Chicago/REO Speedwagon concert at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, simply opted to forfeit the price of the tickets in favor of the Game 1 Tuesday.
Also, with the timing coinciding with the Arkansas Activities Association’s dead period for athletics, sports players who might have otherwise been preoccupied were free to make memories.
Combined, dozens, if not scores, of area residents made the eight hour, roughly 500-mile trip to the eastern edge of Nebraska hoping to be on hand for history.
While that obviously didn’t happen, the contingent from the area helped bolster the crowds which has furthered Arkansas’ claims of being one of, if not the, best supported team in the nation and particularly during the 2018 postseason.
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