Fouts Field became the home of the University of North Texas football and track teams in 1951. Originally built to seat 20,000 fans, the structure was expanded by adding 10,000 seats in the end zones prior to the 1994 season. Physical improvements continue to make Fouts Field a place of pride for the players and fans.
In 1992, UNT students passed a referendum approving an increase in student service fees over the following two years to fund the expansion of the stadium. Construction on the project began in December 1993 and was completed in June 1994. The stadium features a new message center scoreboard and public address system.
Physical improvements, including the placement of Sportexe Omnigrass artificial turf before the 2005 football season, continue to make Fouts Field a place of pride for the players and fans. Fouts Field was named in honor of Theron J. Fouts, who came to Denton in 1920 as coach of all sports at the university. Fouts initiated track and field as a varsity sport at UNT, and it was that program that gained the first national recognition for the university in athletics. Under his guidance, teams won national honors in football, basketball, golf and track and field. Fouts compiled a 23-14-2 record as football coach and later served as the athletic director.
NORTH TEXAS STUDENTS APPROVE STADIUM PLAN
October 23, 2008
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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.
Fouts 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)