Monday, August 1, 2011
UNT previews new football stadium at cookout
The Mean Green hosts its first home game in the new stadium at 6 p.m. September 10 against the Houston Cougars.
Mean Green football fans had the chance to get a first look at their team’s new stadium Saturday.
The UNT athletic department held a two-hour kickoff cookout to preview the stadium, the Mean Green Team Store, and the upcoming football season.
More than 1,300 people gathered to enjoy hotdogs and beverages, tour the new stadium, and hear speeches from UNT head football coach Dan McCarney and UNT Athletic Director Rick Villarreal.
Villarreal and McCarney each expressed their anticipation to play in the new stadium and to start the 2011 football season.
“A new era has begun in North Texas football ... We are ready for excitement and we are ready to win,” McCarney said in his speech to Mean Green fans. “We’re ready to give you something to cheer for.”
McCarney’s spirited speech had the crowd roaring with excitement about the upcoming season. Afterwards, Rick Villarreal voiced his enthusiasm for the new stadium and the team’s new coach.
“That’s the passion and energy he brings to the job every day,” said Villarreal about McCarney. “He also thanked the fans who had ‘survived’ Fouts Field and added that the new stadium is ‘as good as it gets.’”
To close the ceremony, Villarreal and Scrappy, the Mean Green mascot, led the crowd in signing the school’s fight song.
Representatives from the Mean Green Club and the North Texas Ticket Office were present to answer any questions about the new stadium.
“The new stadium has a lot to offer that the old one couldn’t; more restrooms and concession stands, better parking, and the sight line is better with the bowl-style seating and the new jumbo-screen,” said Joe Church, a representative for the North Texas Ticket Office. “Everyone is really excited. It will absolutely attract more interest in the team.”
The Mean Green hosts its first home game in the new stadium at 6 p.m. September 10 against the Houston Cougars. Admission is free for students. General admission will cost $20.
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