- Texas law does not allow state funds to be used for the construction and operation of university athletic facilities. To continue developing what is recognized as one of the finest university athletic villages in the nation, we must have the support of our fans and corporate partners. Your pride and confidence in the future of North Texas will make the difference!
- North Texas' original stadium, Fouts Field, is 59 years old. It has served the Mean Green well, but its electrical, plumbing and accessibility systems can no longer be renovated. Unlike our new stadium, Fouts Field has no flexibility as a multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue. A new stadium will finally put our overall university athletic facilities on equal - or superior standing - with our Division 1 competitors.
Successful university athletics are a valuable asset.
Today more than ever, the quality of college athletic facilities makes a dramatic difference in recruiting the best student-athletes and coaching staff in order to build and maintain a competitive program. With the improvement of North Texas' softball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf and swimming facilities over recent years, team performance has also improved. We fully expect this to be the case when our rapidly deteriorating football stadium is replaced in 2011. Our new stadium will finally put North Texas' overall university facilities on equal - or better - standing with our Division 1 competitors.
Traditionally, athletic facilities, events and teams are also some of the most visible aspects of a university. They provide a "window" to the campus for prospective students, donors, corporate partners and the public at large.
North Texas currently has 16 Mean Green athletics teams that give our students diverse opportunities to excel on the field as well as in the classroom ... bring our campus and community together ... connect our alumni to their alma mater ... and serve as a rallying point for all North Texas supporters.
North Texas' new stadium will be in the right place at the right time.
Adjacent to the stadium, North Texas' former Eagle Point Golf Course has the potential to be redeveloped into a destination of choice for business professionals, conventioneers and vacationers. North Texas has begun discussions with the City of Denton and John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts to build a new hotel with first-class meeting and convention facilities, incorporating the site of the former Radisson Hotel. Such an upscale facility will contribute to a vibrant campus life and internship opportunities for students.
Apogee Stadium and its beautiful park-like grounds, highly visible at the confluence of I-35E and I-35W, will offer unique indoor and outdoor venues for local, regional and statewide events such as concerts, summer camps, high school football games, band competitions, reunions, corporate meetings and community holiday celebrations. The naturally landscaped greenbelt will also be an all-season locale for relaxation and recreation.
All these advances and activities will contribute to the vitality of both North Texas and Denton, which is the ninth-fastest growing city in the United States.