Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex


The Coleman Sports and Recreation Complex is an NCAA-approved facility with stadium lights, a scoreboard, and a press box with internet capability that houses the UA Little Rock media and sports information work areas. A grandstand, with a press box atop, provides seating for 300 people, with room for additional seating being left on both sides of the grandstand. A parking lot with more than 130 spaces sits behind the grandstand. The complex also features a soccer field and eight-lane track with state-of-the-art Polytan synthetic surfacing, two intramural fields that can be set up for softball, and sites for long jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put, discus and hammer, and javelin competitions.

Project Financing & Timeline

This $5 million project was funded by a $30 million bond issue recommended by the UA Little Rock Board of Visitors and approved by UA Trustees in October 2009 and was made possible by gift of land presented to UA Little Rock by the sons of dairyman Walter C. “Buddy” Coleman. The land was the site of the Coleman family’s dairy, which has been providing fresh milk and other dairy products to central Arkansas since the Civil War. The project began in January 2011, and it was completed in Summer 2012.

Project Team

  • Architectural Firm: Polk Stanley Wilcox
  • Engineering Firms: Pettit & Pettit MEP and McClelland Consulting Engineers


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