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Apogee Field

Apogee Field

  Venue Particulars  
Address Eagle Drive
Denton, TX 76203
Phone (817) 565-2000
Seating Weather
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Mean Green Gear
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  The Facility  
Date Opened September 10, 2011
University of North Texas
(University of North Texas Athletics)
Surface PowerBlade HP Artificial Turf
Cost of Construction $78 Million
Naming Rights Apogee, an Austin, Texas information services company purchased the naming rights for $20 million over 20-years.
Stadium Architect HKS, Inc.
Contractors /
Construction Managers
Manhattan Construction Company
Capacity 30,850
Luxury Suites 21 Suites
Club Seats 754 Seats
  Other Facts  
Tenants North Texas Mean Green
(NCAA) (2011-Present)
Population Base 116,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Retired Numbers #28 Abner Haynes
#33 Ray Renfro
#55 Richard Gill
#75 Joe Greene

Sources: Mediaventures

October 23, 2008
Copyright 2008 MediaVentures

Denton, Texas - University of North Texas students approved a new $10 per-semester hour athletic fee to help fund a proposed $60 million stadium that would not be completed before 2011, the university announced.

The fee referendum appeared on UNT fall election ballot and was among the most debated political issues on campus in a decade. The fee will not take effect until after the stadium is built.

Apogee Field, the UNT football team's home for 56 years, will eventually be torn down and converted to parking and other campus buildings, according to the school's master plan. The new stadium will go up south of Interstate-35 East on the site of the old UNT golf course. UNT's Board of Regents and the Texas Legislature must approve the fee before being enacted. Both are expected to do so. (Fort Worth Star Telegram)

April 9, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Denton, Texas - University of North Texas officials have released drawings of the planned 30,000-seat stadium in hopes of boosting fund-raising efforts. The stadium is to open in 2011. UNT's athletic department has been focusing on building a new stadium while trying to squeeze a final few years out of a deteriorating Apogee Field.

Fouts, opened in 1952, is surrounded by a track that distances fans from the action and hasn't been well maintained through the years. UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal often tells the story of the lights going out on one side of the stadium during a game when a breaker was tripped after an employee plugged in a coffee pot.

UNT officials have made the case that now is the time to move forward with the project and have made a few strides that have brought them to the point where they feel comfortable with a more public fund-raising campaign.

UNT is waiting for the Texas Legislature to approve a student athletic fee and has begun courting donors who could be interested in naming rights for the stadium.

School officials are hoping they have done enough to prompt boosters and fans to come forward and help complete the project they estimate will cost $78 million.

UNT's plan is to combine a student fee, corporate sponsorships and naming rights deals with private donations to arrive at a funding package for the facility.

Once the stadium is built, UNT's athletic fee would go into effect, which would allow the university to issue bonds and pay them off over a 30-year period. UNT's students approved an athletic fee of $10 per semester credit hour last year that would go into place once the stadium opens.

UNT has hired HKS for architectural services for the stadium.

September 3, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Denton, Texas - The Board of Regents has approved development of a new stadium to replace Apogee Field. While the details have not been set, officials say it will have in excess of 30,000 seats.

UNT is attempting to replace Apogee Field, where the school's football team has played since 1952. Fouts has a capacity of 30,500.

UNT will take the proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in October.

UNT's current schedule calls for substantial construction beginning in February with early phases beginning in November. UNT's last home game of the season is Nov. 21 against Army.

The school's long-term plans to expand the stadium could include adding seating behind an end zone and an upper deck on the east side of the stadium.

UNT has received eight commitments for suites that require a $100,000 commitment over a five-year period.

November 5, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Denton, Texas - The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a $78 million plan to build a football stadium for the University of North Texas. Construction is set to begin in January.

The 30,000-seat stadium will be built adjacent to the Mean Green Athletic Center on the southwest side of Interstate 35E and is expected to open in time for the 2011 season. UNT's new stadium will replace Apogee Field, which opened in 1952 and has deteriorated over the last several years.

Funding for the project will come from a variety of sources, including a student fee of $10 per semester credit hour that was approved by the student body last fall. The fee will go into effect when the stadium opens.

The new venue is expected to make a dramatic impact on the future of UNT's program, which has struggled since the Mean Green won the last of four consecutive Sun Belt Conference titles in 2004.

Since then, UNT is 9-45 and has not won more than three games in a season.

The school is hoping to sell naming rights and other sponsorship deals to help fund the facility.

April 21, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

Fort Worth, Texas - The University of North Texas' new stadium, which will open in September, will be the first collegiate stadium designed to incorporate onsite renewable energy through the use of wind turbines, according to Pegasus News.

The wind turbines will feed the electrical grid, providing power to UNT's new football stadium as well as other buildings on the west side of Interstate 35E, the newspaper said.

The three turbines will be funded by a $2 million grant from the State Energy Conservation Office. Design and construction are expected to begin immediately, and the university hopes to have the turbines up and running by the end of the year, Buddy Price, manager news services for UNT, told the News.

Price says the wind turbines are another way the university can pursue renewable energy as part of their climate act plan.

"We were one of the first to start water research in the '50s and we're still meeting [those] sustainable goals on campus," Price says. "With the wind turbines, we can not only offer cost savings, but also add education opportunities for students while reinforcing our vision of sustainability."

It is estimated that the three wind turbines will offset the energy consumption of the area around the school's campus, called Mean Green Village, by about 6 percent and will eliminate 323 metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted annually.

August 18, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

Denton, Texas - The University of North Texas has sold a 20-year, $20 million deal with Apogee, an Austin-based Internet and technology services supplier specializing in higher education for naming rights to the school's new stadium, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported.

UNT's deal with Apogee is the second-largest for a college football stadium and is expected to dramatically impact the future of the entire UNT athletic department, the newspaper said.

Only the 25-year, $35 million deal TCF Bank completed with Minnesota in 2005 exceeds what Apogee is paying per year in its deal with UNT. The university has been an Apogee client since 2007.

"This will help the whole athletic department, not just the football program," said C. Dan Smith, chairman of the UNT Board of Regents. "[UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal] has done a tremendous job over the last 10 years with very basic financial support. With the financial support we are getting from Apogee, we will explode in all sports."

UNT's 30,850-seat stadium cost $79 million and will be paid for partly by a student fee of $10 per semester credit hour. The fee was approved in 2009 and will go into effect this fall, when the stadium opens.

UNT will play its first game in the new venue on Sept. 10 against the University of Houston.

The deal came together in a matter of months after UNT officials and John Alper, a consultant with CSL Marketing who helped broker the deal, first contacted Apogee officials.

Alper researched the companies UNT has contracts with and selected several potential targets, including Apogee, which differs from many companies that purchase stadium naming rights because the company does not deal directly with the public.

"If you looked at a list of all the naming rights deals for stadiums across the country, less than five are not direct-to-consumer companies," Alper said.

September 8, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

Fort Worth, Texas - Apogee, an Austin information services company that purchased naming rights to the University of North Texas' new football stadium last month in a 20-year, $20 million deal, will pay $11.8 million of the total in cash.

The rest will come in in-kind services, according to a copy of the contract obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

When the agreement was announced in early August, UNT and Apogee called it the second-largest college football stadium naming-rights deal. The University of Minnesota sold its stadium naming rights to TCF Bank in 2005 for $35 million over 20 years.

UNT did not disclose specific terms then but said the $20 million included in-kind contributions.

Under the deal, Apogee, manager of the campus network, will be responsible for increasing bandwidth every year of the deal beyond what's already required under its management contract with the university. Other terms:
* Apogee will make 20 annual cash payments to UNT starting at $312,000 and ending in three $1 million installments. The value of the annual in-kind contributions starts at $280,000 this year and ends at $573,961 at year 20.
* Apogee will have a one-time right to change the name of the 31,000-seat Apogee Stadium if the company's corporate or business name changes. The company would foot the bill for changes to signs and installation.
* Apogee will carry the title "exclusive" in several instances, including being called "Exclusive Internet Services Provider Sponsor."
* Apogee's name and logo will be all over signs and other materials, including the three primary gate entries, primary scoreboard, tickets, credentials, an LED highway marquee on Interstate 35, parking lot and directional signs, programs, schedules, parking passes,e-mail, social media and the website. The company's name will also appear on signage at Apogee Field, the former football stadium, and the Super Pit, UNT's multipurpose arena that houses the men's and women's basketball teams.
* Apogee receives a 16-seat luxury suite at the stadium. It comes with 20 tickets and five parking passes to home football games and other UNT-owned and -controlled events at the stadium. The suite includes 12 fixed-back seats and four barstools.

Apogee Stadium will open for the 2011 season with UNT's first home game, Saturday against Houston.

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