sALT bOWL 2020

For release: Tuesday August 18th, 2020 

Contact: Shane Broadway 501-944-2382

Salt Bowl 2020

Benton vs. Bryant

“Saltier Together

Saturday, August 29th, 2020–7:30 p.m.

War Memorial Stadium

Salt Bowl 2020

Only 12,000 Tickets Available

 Pay Per View available for the first time

Governor Hutchinson to conduct Coin Toss

The largest high school football game in the State of Arkansas will take on a much different look for 2020 due to Covid-19. The Salt Bowl Committee is pleased to announce the theme for Salt Bowl 2020 is “Saltier Together”.

The 2020 Salt Bowl will be played on Saturday night, August 29, 7:30pm at War Memorial Stadium. The Bryant Hornets will be the home team this year; fans will sit on the west side of War Memorial Stadium.

Due to Covid-19 guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), in consultation with both school districts, and the Division Parks and Tourism and War Memorial Stadium, attendance to this year’s game will be limited to 12,000 guests. Priority tickets will be given to the parents of student-athletes, band, cheer and dance team members. Tickets will NOT be sold at the stadium on game day. Only AAA passes will be accepted for entry. No indoor club tickets will be sold.

For the first time in Salt Bowl history, the game will be available via Pay Per View. Fans may purchase the game for $50 from now until game time at www.saltbowlar.com  and click on the Salt Bowl at Home tab. After purchase, a link and password to watch the game will be sent by email.

Tickets are $10. (Unfortunately, there will NOT be a Salt Bowl T-shirt for 2020.) Each district has been allocated 6,000 tickets. Tickets will ONLY be sold at Big Red Stores. Benton fans should purchase tickets from a Benton Big Red location; Bryant fans from a Bryant store.

All guests will be required to wear a mask at all times except when consuming food or a beverage. Concession stand menus will be limited to pre-packaged items only.

It is also important to remember there are security procedures at War Memorial Stadium including a clear bag policy and each fan will go through a metal detector.  A list of permitted and prohibited items can be found on the Salt Bowl website at www.saltbowlar.com. Gates to the stadium will open at 5:30pm. Fans should arrive early as social distancing will be practiced while going through security. Signs and markers will be throughout the stadium and concourses reminding attendees to follow ADH guidelines.

“We have been working since the beginning of the pandemic to ensure that if given the chance to play this year’s game we would do so with the safety of our coaches, student-athletes, band, cheer and dance teams first and foremost in our minds.  The Salt Bowl will be the largest outdoor event since the beginning of the pandemic; we take safety very seriously. We would implore our fans to follow the guidelines so that this will not be the first and last game of the season for our students,” said Shane Broadway, spokesperson for the Salt Bowl Committee.  “The committee is very appreciative of the guidance that we have received from the Arkansas Department of Health, the Governor’s office and the Governor’s High School Sports Advisory Group, and the Arkansas Activities Association.”

Game week will kick-off with the Recycle Saline Coaches’ and Players’ press conference held at noon on Tuesday, August 25th via Zoom.  Coach Brad Harris, Coach Buck James and two players from each team will be available interviews about this year’s game. A Zoom link will be sent to the members of the media prior to the press conference. The Salt Bowl luncheon will not take place this year.

This year’s event will not include the annual Dairy Queen-Arkansas’ Largest High School Tailgate Party as tailgating will NOT be permitted on the grounds of War Memorial Stadium. The Future Panthers and Hornets sponsored by ACDI, will be recognized in a video, rather than live, presentation.

Pre-game festivities will begin at 7 p.m. and will include a flyover after the National Anthem by Bulldog Flight-Mid South RVators. Community Service Awards, the Rob Patrick Award and the Donnie Burks Awards, all sponsored by McFarland Eye Care, will be announced.

The Honorary Captain conducting this year’s coin toss sponsored by Republic Services will be Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

At halftime, both bands will perform from their respective end zones. The Benton Band will be seated in the South End Zone and the Bryant Band in the North End Zone. Cheer and dance squads will perform, along with the annual Chick-Fil-A “Kickin’ for Chicken” contest.

For updates regarding this year’s game, fans can visit the website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram @SaltBowlAR. Comment using the hashtag #SaltySaturday.

Salt Bowl 2020 “Saltier Together” would not be possible without the support of our community and our great sponsors.  The sponsors this year include Big Red Stores, Everett Buick GMC, ACDI, McFarland Eye Care, Chuy’s Restaurant, Jones Heating and Air, Arkansas Urology, Dairy Queen, Skippy Foods,          Chick-fil-A Reynolds Road, Petit Jean Meats, Arkansas Copier, Recycle Saline, Bin There Dump That, Ortho Arkansas, Arkansas Bone and Joint, Republic Services, Saline Memorial Hospital, Mascot Media, The Kinzler Family/SaltyDawg, Silver Eagle GPX, Saline County Banks and Credit Unions, Bryant Chamber of Commerce, and the Benton Chamber of Commerce.

Sign up between today and game day on Chick-fil-A Reynolds Road in Bryant Facebook Page or the Salt Bowl Facebook Page for the chance to be “Kickin’ for Chicken”. Selected winners will try to kick a field goal at halftime to win a year’s supply of chicken from Chick-fil-A.

The Salt Bowl Committee is pleased to once again work with great organizations to give back to our community: The Arkansas Foodbank, the Arkansas Blood Institute and Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.  These organizations and the work that they do are even more important given the impact of Covid-19 on our communities.

The Arkansas Foodbank will again be partnering with Skippy Foods for the annual Peanut Butter Drive. The peanut butter collection and competition will BEGIN at the Salt Bowl game this year and run the entire month of September, which coincides with Hunger Action Month. The goal is to provide a nutritious staple food item for children and families in Saline County, as well as educate students of the impact of hunger in our community. Teachers will receive instructional packets from the Foodbank to use in their classrooms. With the goal of 25,000 pounds, schools from Bryant and Benton will be partnered with local Saline County food pantries as they compete to see which one will collect the most peanut butter. Skippy Foods has generously offering to provide a matching gift.

Arkansas Foodbank is also partnering with several local businesses to be drop off locations in the community. Saline County Residents can purchase peanut butter during the month of August for $1 at any local Big Red Store and drop it in the Foodbank collection barrels in the store. Everett Dealerships in SalineCounty and McFarland Eye Care in Bryant, Little Rock, Hot Springs and Pine Bluff also serve as drop off locations. If local businesses are interested in being a drop off location, contact Daniel Frazier at 501-569-4315. Businesses will then be able to donate the peanut butter to the school of their choice in the Benton or Bryant school district. All peanut butter collected during the drive stays in the school districts and food pantries in Saline County.

The Arkansas Blood Institute will be holding Blood Drives at both high schools. The Bryant High School blood drive will be September 9, and the Benton High School Blood Drive will take place on September 29. Both schools will be competing for a trophy to the school that donates the most pints of blood.

Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is another strong partner of Salt Bowl. Beginning August 17 through August 27, Goodwill stores in Benton and Bryant will collect Salt Bowl donations. Students, families and the community are encouraged to donate gently used clothing and household items at their respective Goodwill locations. In addition to helping fund numerous programs that provide education, training and employment assistance, donations collected will mean money for the school districts and gift cards for families in need. Fans can also make a monetary donation at GoodwillAR.org, designating the school to support.

On August 28, the donations will be totaled and the winning district named at the game. The district with the most donations will receive a check for $1,500, along with $500 in gift cards to give to families in need. The second place district will also receive $500 in gift cards, plus with a check for $1,000.

The tradition of Salt Bowl continues to be togetherness. Join us on the field or on the screen as we team to be “Saltier Together”.

Salt Bowl 2019

For release: Monday July 29, 2019             

Contact: Shane Broadway 501-944-2382

Salt Bowl 2019

Benton vs. Bryant

“A Salty Tradition”

“Since 1974”

Friday, August 30, 2019–7:30 p.m.

War Memorial Stadium

Tickets and T-shirts on sale TODAY

Tickets and t-shirts for Salt Bowl 2019 go on sale TODAY and the Salt Bowl Committee is pleased to announce the theme for Salt Bowl 2019 is “Salty Tradition, Since 1974

Salt Bowl 2019 will mark the 45th year that these two rivals have played one another in what has become the state’s largest attended high school game each year. This year’s game will be played on Friday night, August 30th, 7:30pm at War Memorial Stadium. Benton will be the home team this year and will sit on the west side of War Memorial Stadium.

***Please note there are new security procedures this year at War Memorial Stadium including a clear bag policy and each fan will go through a metal detector.  A list of permitted and prohibited items can be found on the Salt Bowl website.  www.saltbowlar.com

Salt Bowl 2019 “Salty Tradition” would not be possible without the support of our community and our great sponsors.  The sponsors this year include Big Red Stores, Everett Buick GMC, ACDI, McFarland Eye Care, Chuy’s Restaurant, Jones Heating and Air, Arkansas Urology, Dairy Queen, Skippy Foods,          Chick-fil-A Reynolds Road, Petit Jean Meats, Arkansas Copier, Recycle Saline, Bin There Dump That, Ortho Arkansas, Arkansas Bone and Joint, Republic Services, Saline Memorial Hospital, Mascot Media, The Chris Kinzler Family, Silver Eagle GPX, Saline County Banks and Credit Unions, Bryant Chamber of Commerce, and the Benton Chamber of Commerce.

Along with the website, the game and activities can also be followed Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SaltBowlAR, we will be utilizing the hashtag #SaltyTradition as well.

Tickets and t-shirts are on sale TODAY! July 29th, at all Big Red Stores in Saline County.  Tickets are $12 each and include a Salt Bowl t-shirt, and a coupon for a free queso from Chuy’s. Available at both Chuy’s locations in West Little Rock and North Little Rock until October 31st, 2019.

The committee urges everyone to buy their tickets and t-shirts early. Tickets are available at the gate on the day of the game for $15, but that price does not include the t-shirt. Only AAA passes will be accepted.

Again this year there are also Indoor Club Level tickets available, tickets are $25 which includes a Salt Bowl T-shirt and can be purchased at either the Benton Chamber of Commerce or Bryant Chamber of Commerce.  They will also have parking passes available for purchase for $25.

Also, beginning today fans can go to any Everett dealership in Saline Countyand sign up to be in the drawing for a chance to “Throw Like A Pro”.  Sign up between now and game day at any Everett dealership, GMC, Chevy, Ford and Infiniti or at the Everett tent at the tailgate party.  Names will be drawn after the tailgate party and the participants will “Throw Like a Pro” at halftime for the chance to win a new GMC, Chevy or Ford truck!!!

Starting today, go to Chick-fil-A Reynolds Road in Bryant and sign up for the chance to be “Kickin’ for Chicken”.  Sign up between today and game day, names will be drawn and they will be given the opportunity to kick a field goal at halftime to win a year’s supply of chicken from Chick-fil-A.

The Salt Bowl Committee is always pleased to be working again with great organizations to give back to our community: The Arkansas Foodbank, the Arkansas Blood Institute and Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.

After collecting a record 40,000 pounds of peanut butter last year, the Arkansas Foodbank will again be partnering with Skippy Foods for the annual Peanut Butter Drive from July 29th through August 27th to provide food for children and families in need in our community. Schools from Bryant and Benton will be competing to see who can donate the most peanut butter, with a goal of 25,000 pounds, and then Skippy Foods will again provide a matching gift. THIS YEAR, parents and students will be able to bring their peanut butter to Benton and Bryant School Open Houses prior to the start of school.

Arkansas Foodbank is also partnering with several local businesses to be drop off locations. Saline County Residents can drop off peanut butter at local Big Red Stores, any Everett dealership in SalineCounty and McFarland Eye Care. If your business would like to be a drop off location, please contact Nick Bradford at 501-569-4315. Businesses will then donate the peanut butter to the school of their choice in the Benton or Bryant school district. The peanut butter stays in the school districts and food pantries in Saline County.

We’re also excited to announce that you can donate $10 to the Arkansas Foodbank by texting FEED to 501501. No one deserves to go hungry. Yet, Arkansas is second in the nation for food insecurity. One in six, or an estimated 515,000 Arkansans, does not know where their next meal may come from. For children, that rate is even higher. One in four children face food insecurity in Arkansas, and in some of our rural counties, that rate is as high as one in three. Anytime, during the month of August, YOU can help by texting and donating to help hungry children, families and seniors in need. 

The Arkansas Blood Institute will be holding Blood Drives at both high schools.  The Bryant High School blood drive will be held on September 10th, and the Benton High School Blood Drive will take place on September 11th.  Both schools will be competing for a trophy to the school that donates the most pints of blood.

We are excited to have back as a partner, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas!  Beginning today at the Goodwill stores in Benton and Bryant will begin collecting Salt Bowl donations. Students, families and the community are encouraged to donate gently used clothing and household items at their respective Goodwill locations. In addition to helping fund numerous programs that provide education, training and employment assistance, donations collected will mean money for the school districts and gift cards for families in need. August 29th, the donations will be totaled. The winning district will be named at the game. Both schools will receive cash prizes and gift cards for families based on the number of donations collected.

Game week will kick-off with the Recycle Saline Coaches’ and Players’ press conference that will be held at 11:30am on Tuesday August 27th at the Benton Events Center.  Coach Brad Harris, Coach Buck James and two players from each team will be available to speak about this year’s game prior to the Benton Chamber of Commerce Salt Bowl Luncheon at noon.

There will Pep Rallies for both teams and communities at Everett Buick GMC and Everett Infiniti during game week. The Bryant and Benton Community Pep Rallies will take place on Tuesday, August 27th, at 6:00 p.m., Bryant will be at Everett Buick GMC and Benton will be at Everett Infiniti.  There will be free hot dogs, drinks and Kona Ice at each rally and drones will be flying over to determine which school has the largest crowd!! So come out and show your school spirit!

We would like to welcome our new Tailgate Party sponsor this year… Dairy Queen!!! The Dairy Queen Tailgate Party will be an all-day affair at War Memorial Stadium leading up to the Salt Bowl kickoff! To reserve your tailgate spot for your family, friends, or graduating class contact War Memorial Stadium at 501-663-6385.

In addition beginning at 4pm, businesses, non-profits, churches, colleges, campaigns and 1037TheBuzz  will be showcasing themselves, so join us on the east side of War Memorial Stadium  Also at 4:00 p.m., thanks to our sponsors Petit Jean Meats and our Saline County banks and credit unions, we will be passing out free Petit Jean hot dogs and drinks, and over 80 vendors will be set up to visit with you and Midtowne Church will be back with their Kids Zone of inflatables for the kids to enjoy!  If you are interested in a booth space, contact the Bryant Chamber of Commerce at 501-847-4702.

The gates into War Memorial Stadium will open at 5:30pm. Pre-game festivities will begin at 7 p.m. with a flyover after the National Anthem by Bulldog Flight-Mid South RVators. Then we will have recognition of the Future Panthers and Future Hornets and cheerleaders sponsored a new sponsor ACDI, as well as our Community Service Awards, the Rob Patrick Award and the Donnie Burks Award, all sponsored by another new sponsor, McFarland Eye Care.

The Honorary Captain conducting this year’s coin toss sponsored by Republic Services will be a THV 11 anchor celebrating his 50th year in the Radio/TV business….. Craig O’Neill.  The Honorary Co-Captains are Coach Dwight Fite who initiated the beginning of Benton vs. Bryant with a call to Coach Max Graham and would end up being the head coach at both schools, Coach Paul Revis who was the head coach of the Hornets in 1974 and Doug Graham, Superintendent of the Nashville School District and son of the late Benton Head Coach in 1974, Max Graham.

At halftime, the cheer and dance squads will perform, the Benton and Bryant bands will again perform together, and we will have the “Kickin’ for Chicken” and “Throw Like A Pro”.

Salt Bowl 2019 Date Set

The Salt Bowl Committee Announced that this year’s Salt Bowl will be played on Friday, August 30th at 7 pm at War Memorial Stadium.

This year’s AAA “Zero Week” is during this time, but the Bryant Hornets and Benton Panthers will play their game at this time.

Shane Broadway, Salt Bowl Committee Spokesperson spoke on the game date saying “According to Arkansas Activities Association policy they have to adjust their calendar every six years so that Thanksgiving Week is always the 21st week of their calendar. So this year that puts Zero Week starting on Sunday August 25th. In order to not conflict with first Saturday of college football we have decided to move back to the Friday night of Labor Day weekend for this year and will evaluate future dates going forward.”

Mark your calendars and check back for more Salt Bowl Announcements coming soon!