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Apogee Stadium used for events other than football games

Apogee Stadium used for events other than football games

November 26
22:25 2012

Andy Rodriguez / Intern

Even though the 2012 Mean Green football season has officially ended, Apogee Stadium won’t completely shut down for the school year. The stadium, which only opened its doors last August, looks to become a premiere venue for the North Texas region, not just the UNT community.

Aside from playing home to UNT football and its fans from week to week in the fall, Athletic Director Rick Villarreal said he sees an opportunity to extend the stadium’s reach far past football games.

“We really wanted to get through a full year of being opened to kind of get a feel the demand for space in the future,” Villarreal said. “We’ve seen the stadium be used for a lot of different events, but we are definitely beginning to look into things like outdoor concerts and have received some commercial interest.”

Recently, Eli Young Band, which is made up of UNT alumni, used the stadium as a backdrop in part of its upcoming music video “Life At Best.” That same Friday, Apogee played host to Frisco High vs. Highland Park, the second high school playoff game this year that has been played at Apogee.

On top of summer football camps, a high school marching band competition, the stadium’s club area is also an attraction to the stadium.

From wedding receptions to school functions, Apogee is prepared to host many different types of gatherings.

“The club area is always busy, with events four to five days a week,” Villarreal said. “We just had the Board of Regents have a meeting here, and this week it’s four Christmas parties.”

Apogee Stadium’s future is already busy with plans in motion not only for the spring, but next fall as well. A concert to kick off the next football season is being planned, but that is only the beginning for musical groups at the stadium.

“We’re not just trying to host a concert here and there, we want people to want to come play here,” Villarreal said. “We’re looking to get on some tour calendars.”

Apogee Stadium has already branched out from its normal football games and will continue to expand its uses and functions in the immediate future.

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