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Oct. 16 football game packed with activities

FootbridgeThe 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.

  • Get into the Mean Green spirit by entering to win a UNT-branded gift pack (T-shirt, lapel pin, water bottle, poster, eco-friendly bag). Send an email to InHouse with “Footbridge” in the subject line by 5 p.m. Oct. 19. Winners will be selected at random from all responses.

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:

Footbridge ceremony

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!”

Big prize

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.

Special discounts

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.

Game parking

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 is available at Lots 3 and 4 at Discovery Park with any valid UNT permit. The UNT shuttle service operates between these lots and the main campus. Find a bus map and any lot designated for P or D permits.
  • Cash parking for the game at the Fouts Field parking lot is $10 a spot all day. Fouts Field will be unavailable for regular parking all day.
  • Mean Green Club members can park in spots with lots marked with green, blue and red signs. Lot assignments are designated on the parking passes provided by Athletics. Driving directions are provided on the back of each pass.
  • Learn more about how to access parking lots.

Parking changes before the game:

  • All of the parking lots south of Interstate 35 will close at 1 p.m. These include lots near the Mean Green Village: 71, near the Student Athlete Academic Center; 72, near Building B; 73 and 74, near the Mean Green Soccer Stadium; 76, near Building P; 77, near Lovelace Stadium; 80 and 81, near Victory Hall; 82 and 83, near the Athletic Center; and 84, near the Waranch Tennis Complex. Vehicles left in lots 80 and 81 will be towed to the former Radisson parking lot. The relocation fee is $125.
  • A southeast section of Fouts Field (Lot 20) will close at 7 a.m. Oct. 16 in preparation for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the pedestrian bridge. This section will be barricaded and signed with marquees. Vehicles left in this area will be relocated at the owner’s expense - $125.
  • All remaining parking in lot 20, Fouts Field, will close at 1 p.m. Vehicles remaining in this section of the lots are expected to be gone by 5 p.m.
  • Displaced permit holders may park in the Highland Street Garage. Take a ticket as usual to enter the garage. The exit gate will be open for a free exit until noon Oct. 17
  • On-street parking in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium is prohibited. Cars parked on city streets that do not have a neighborhood resident permit will be ticketed by city police in accordance with a city of Denton ordinance.

Traffic adjustments:

  • With the opening of the new pedestrian bridge, slight adjustments have been made to the traffic plan. Bonnie Brae exit on I-35W from Fort Worth and the two North Texas Blvd. exits on I-35E (both northbound and southbound) will be closed. However, both of the access roads will be open. Pedestrians will not be allowed to cross at I-35 at Bonnie Brae or North Texas Blvd. They will have to use the new bridge to avoid cross-traffic.

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(Above, photo of the footbridge courtesy of Mean Green Athletics.)





Posted on: Thu 11 October 2012

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