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Official Review by Taiyuan Banks-Tillmon, Stadium Journey Guest Correspondent
In 2000, the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff opened their new 16,000-seat stadium known as Golden Lion Stadium. The team is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), and took home the conference football championship in 2012.
This may not be major destination for college football fans, but if you do make the trip to central Arkansas, you can expect to find a welcoming atmosphere, filled with southern hospitality.
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There are plenty of concession stands, but like many stadiums, there never seems to be enough at halftime. If you're thinking about getting something to eat in the stadium, consider sneaking out to the concourse a little before halftime to avoid the lines. Better yet, eat before you go, or save your appetite for later.
The atmosphere is always very welcoming. You really feel the southern hospitality. The school is doing a lot of things to enhance the campus, and if you have the time, it is worthwhile to walk around the campus a bit before the game. UAPB has a very strong alumni presence, and the school takes pride in making sure that new students are afforded opportunities to succeed.
In the stadium, the view is amazing no matter where you sit. Most of the seating is bleachers, but there are also stadium seats available if you would like a more comfortable spit to watch the game.
The stadium is located near Lake Pine Bluff. For the most part, tailgating may be your best option for food before the game, although you can get fantastic BBQ turkey legs for just $5 from Markie D's, or other street vendors around the stadium.
About a mile and a half to the southeast of the stadium you can find the Tastesetter Eatery, and Colonial Steakhouse. The Tastesetter offers casual dining including a selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Colonial Steakhouse is the spot for carnivores, and they have an outstanding prime rib.
The Golden Lion fans are welcoming to outsiders, and there is usually a good turnout for games.
Moving around the stadium is relatively easy. It can get a little congested at halftime as fans head for the concession or restroom, but overall, this is a very accessible facility.
Tickets are fairly expensive for this level of football. Bleacher seats go for $25 per game, while chairback seats go for $40. It isn't a completely outrageous price, but feels just a little high for the overall experience.
One extra point for UAPB being the home of defensive great L.C. Greenwood. One final extra point for the friendliness of fans and staff at UAPB.
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