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Arkansas, Ole Miss offering fan cutouts at stadiums this fall

Football stadiums may be faced with limited capacities this fall, but a few SEC programs are getting creative to fill up some of the otherwise-empty space (and help soften the financial blow, too). Arkansas and Ole Miss have announced plans to sell and arrange cardboard cutouts of their fans this fall. Arkansas will allow 21-23 percent capacity of their stadium this fall, which translates to roughly 16,000-17,000 fans. Similarly, Ole Miss plans to fill 25 percent of its stadium, which is approximately 16,000 fans. To help fill the rest of their stadiums, both of these SEC programs are turning to cardboard.

Arkansas fans can choose to spend $50 or $100 on their “hog cutout.” Here are the differences:

$100 per cutout at Football (VIP)

    • Located on the front row of the east side of the stadium.
    • The first 150 will have their cutout signed by Razorback Football Head Coach Sam Pittman.
    • A picture of your cutout will be emailed to you once it is installed.
    • Take home your cutout at the end of the season.

$50 per cutout at Football

    • Located in the lower level on the east side of the stadium.
    • A picture of your cutout will be emailed to you once it is installed.
    • Take home your cutout at the end of the season.

$40 per cutout at Soccer and/or Volleyball

    • Located in the lower level of the stadium/arena.
    • A picture of your cutout will be emailed to you once it is installed.
    • Take home your cutout at the end of the season.
    • Receive a 2020 Razorback Soccer Scarf or a team signed Volleyball poster.

Ole Miss fans can land somewhere in the middle of those football prices. For $55, fans can purchase a cutout to be placed inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the Gillom Athletics Performance Center and the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. The first 500 orders will be placed in highly-visible locations behind the field goal posts at The Vaught, and the remaining inventory will be placed throughout the lower bowl. Select cutouts will be visible on various TV broadcasts. Fans will be required to sport Ole Miss attire, pets are permitted, and creativity is “highly encouraged.”

Neither school will allow commercial advertisements, including slogans, websites and phone numbers, social media handles or hashtags, offensive or negative references, endorsements of political candidates or third-party logos or branding. Just good, clean, cardboard fun.

The first time I remember seeing this (at least, in the COVID-19 era, that is) was back in April, when a German soccer team filled up an entire section for just $20 a pop. That money was reportedly donated to local charities. Since then, several MLB and NFL teams have released similar plans. Proceeds collected from Ole Miss fans will benefit the Ole Miss Athletics Scholarship fund to “help athletes compete and succeed,” and the proceeds collected from Arkansas will “directly benefit more than 465 Razorback student-athletes,” according to the schools’ athletic departments.

Turns out I was right – $20 is a steal!

Kentucky is one of just three schools in the SEC that has not officially released information pertaining to attendance at football games this fall (here are the facts and figures for the rest of the league), although there are now reports UK has submitted a plan that includes 20 percent general seating capacity and 50 percent capacity in the suites.

Would you want the Wildcats to offer something like this to help fill up the remaining seats in Kroger Field?

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

2 Comments for Arkansas, Ole Miss offering fan cutouts at stadiums this fall



  1. BowdenQB4ever
    12:27 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

    No. Athletic departments have spent like drunken sailors the last 2 decades, always happy to pass the cost on to fans. I want to see them suffer and have to make hard choices.



  2. 4burgoo
    2:09 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

    It depends. Would there be any guarantee that they could get them printed and in place before the end of the season? At this pace they may not even have an attendance plan and tickets issued before we head to Atlanta for the championship game in December.