New stadium sets the bar very high
September 28th, UNT Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal led a tour through the past and the future of UNT’s new up-and-coming football stadium. He boasted about his state of the art project, and the talks of a proposal that will put three wind turbines around the structure that will provide 80 to 85% of the power of the stadium. He is not shy to mention that the rebranding of North Texas football is being designed and constructed by Dallas based HKS, the same group that put together the marvel that is Cowboys Stadium.
Villarreal’s plan for the opening of the 30,000 capacity stadium is a big one. Containing a UNT merchandise store that has unique items found nowhere else ( special UNT shirts, University of North Texas flags, bumper stickers, etc.), he also plans to bring the community in on the action. He is planning to host everything from high school football games to concerts in the new stadium.
You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned any names when referring to the stadium. That is because Villarreal is setting up many naming contests, for wings of the stadium, the endzones, and the new UNT tailgating areas (which is situated on a grassy hill, infintely better than the blacktop asphalt of the 60 year old Fouts Field).
So keep an ear to the ground about the naming contests as well as more news coming from this scene.
There is also a neat time lapse construction camera that takes a photo every hour of each work day to see the progress of the construction. The video can be found in the top right corner of MeanGreenSports.com, labeled ‘New Stadium Site‘.