The Oct. 16 Mean Green football game is not just the typical game.
The event will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new footbridge, above, to Apogee Stadium. ESPN2 will air the game nationally – the first from Apogee. And fans will have a chance to win a brand new car.
Fans should keep in mind that some parking adjustments have been made for this game. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. Here’s a guide to the big day:
A ribbon cutting ceremony will open the footbridge that will take pedestrians from the main campus, over Interstate 35 and to Apogee Stadium.
Faculty, staff and students are invited to march from different parts of campus starting at 5 p.m. – including Kerr and Legends halls - and arrive at 5:20 p.m. at the parking lot of the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Join Scrappy, Mean Green cheerleaders, the drumline and the dance team for the ribbon cutting at the base of the bridge.
UNT President V. Lane Rawlins and Denton County Judge Mary Horn will cut the ribbon for the project, which was a collaboration between the Department of Facilities and the Texas Department of Transportation. Rawlins, Horn and Student Government Association President Rudy Reynoso then will lead the march across the footbridge.
“This is a great way to start off game night!” Laurea Irving, director of events for the President’s Office, said. “Lots of excitement and lots of people!”
Fans can register for a chance to win a 2012 Ford F-150 from Bill Utter Ford during halftime. A name will be drawn from those entered to participate in the Pass, Punt and Kick competition. The chosen participant starts at the goal line and passes the ball. Wherever the ball lands, the competitor then punts the ball. Where it lands from there, the participant has to kick a field goal. If the field goal is successful, the participant wins the car.
Fans can receive two tickets for $10 in the general admission seats of the stadium’s signature wing-shaped section at the north end of the stadium.
Mean Green Pride
Employees also can win a $50 UNT Bookstore gift card to purchase apparel by wearing green and checking in at the Mean Green Pride station at the Library Mall every Friday. Winners will be randomly selected the following week.
Faculty can purchase Green Pride gear from merchants who support UNT, get discounts on food and merchandise by wearing green on Fridays and help “The Big Event,” a day of UNT student volunteerism that takes place each spring, when they buy UNT merchandise with the “Mean Green Pride - We’re All In” logo at the UNT Bookstore, Voertman’s, both Denton Wal-Marts and the Roanoke Wal-Mart.
Some adjustments to the parking plan will be made on this day. The traffic plan usually goes into effect two and a half hours before kickoff, but because it’s on a weekday, it will go into effect at 5:30 p.m.
All displaced parkers due to game day can park at the Highland Street parking garage for free.
Where to park:
Parking changes before the game:
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(Above, photo of the footbridge courtesy of Mean Green Athletics.)
Posted on: Thu 11 October 2012