The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees will vote this week on whether to modify the name of the Razorbacks’ baseball stadium: http://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2019 … m-stadium/
I expect this will pass the board easily. The Walkers donated the same amount as the Baums for the construction of the stadium in the 1990s, and have donated a lot to baseball in the years since.
I think they should change the name of Baum Drive to Norm DeBriyn Way or Drive. That would probably have to be approved by the city council, though.
There is already a DeBriyn Drive that runs alongside the stadium. It runs between the baseball stadium and indoor track, and dead ends into Baum Drive and 15th Street.
I like this change. When I first read the headline, I was upset. I didn’t want the name “Baum” removed. However, adding the Walker name to make it “Baum-Walker” suits me just fine.
I agree, especially after reading the history of donation by the Walker family.
The Walker family really has a stronger donation history than the Baums. When my son was enrolled, I had to haul him to Pat Walker Health Center on campus once when he got sick. The Walker Foundation limits itself to the four-state area (AR, OK, MO, KS) but I bet the lion’s share is in Arkansas. Not only in NWA, but they gave a bunch of money to UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Burlsworth Foundation, U of the Ozarks, and on and on. When Pat Walker died in 2016, the total donated by the Walkers was $125 million and it keeps going up from there.
Change it to Bomb Stadium…