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UNT officials, alumni dig deep

UNT officials, alumni dig deep

November 23
22:52 2009

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Story and Video By Christena Dowsett / Photo Editor –

Shovels lined the future end zone of UNT’s new stadium at the groundbreaking ceremony Saturday morning.

Distinguished alumni such as “Mean” Joe Greene and Jordan Case, as well as members of the board of regents and Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs helped turn over freshly laid sand as a symbol of the start to construction.


Former UNT quarterback and member of the UNT Hall of Fame Jordan Case said he’s been looking forward to this day for 30 years.

“Really this whole thing started back when the students passed the bill for the athletic fee increase,” Case said. “That … gave us the momentum to continue growing and we are very proud of the student body because they stepped forward and made their commitment.”

Greene said the new stadium will help the UNT football team recruit players who will take the team to a new level.

UNT President Gretchen Bataille and athletics director Rick Villarreal move the first mounds of dirt Saturday in the future end zone of the stadium to replace Fouts Field. Many UNT officials were present at the stadium’s groundbreaking. (Photo by Christena Dowsett /  Photo Editor)

UNT President Gretchen Bataille and athletics director Rick Villarreal move the first mounds of dirt Saturday in the future end zone of the stadium to replace Fouts Field. Many UNT officials were present at the stadium’s groundbreaking. (Photo by Christena Dowsett / Photo Editor)

SGA president Dakota Carter said building the new stadium would take UNT closer to becoming a tier-one school and said he was proud of the commitment students were making towards that goal.

“Essentially, it was a simple question,” Carter said. “We were asked to help fellow students who work hard just like us everyday, academically in the classrooms, but take it a little bit further as ambassadors of our university.”

UNT President Gretchen Bataille consoled Denton residents and neighbors to the new stadium that a task force has been created to find “creative, responsive, and flexible solutions to noise and traffic.”

“Beyond building with the environment in mind. I assure you, we are also building this stadium with the safety, security and quality of life of our neighbors in mind,” Bataille said.

Case said although Fouts Field holds a lot of memories for him, he is definitely ready for a new stadium.

“It kind of feels like Christmas to me,” Case said. “To know that this 30-year dream is finally coming to fruition, it’s really hard to put into words.”

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