University of North Texas Apogee Stadium
Denton, Texas
University of North Texas
Apogee Stadium
Denton, Texas

It’s all about fit. Does the building fit the people it serves? Does it fit the function it was built to meet? Does it fit the land on which it was built? Great care is taken to ensure that sporting facilities are designed and built to truly integrate with the community. They celebrate athletic accomplishments while enhancing the surrounding spaces.

This facility provides never–before-experienced revenue-generating opportunities including unique tailgating environments, an on-site alumni pavilion, luxury suites and a private club. In addition to hosting UNT events, it serves the entire North Texas region as a venue for outdoor concerts, community events, high school playoff games and band competitions.

The Vision and The Design

The new stadium is nestled into the contoured sloping terrain. Care was taken to preserve the grove of Post Oak trees and the natural open character of the site. The stadium grounds have a campus feel, which was an element of the University Master Plan. The park-like environment creates a unique venue for game day celebration. A natural amphitheater and areas for tailgating, picnics and pregame festivals surround the stadium and integrate game day celebrations into the action. The stadium circulation follows the sloping site descending from east to west through plazas, special event areas and concourses.

Fulfilling the promise to be the “Mean Green” of North Texas, the stadium achieved USGBC LEED Platinum Certification. The stadium features state-of-the-art high-efficiency mechanical systems, water-efficient plumbing, regionally obtained materials and permeable paving. These sustainable practices protect the environment and provide operational efficiencies for the life of the facility. Three 150-foot tall wind turbines provide a half million kilowatt hours per year to UNT’s power grid.

The architecture and timeless exterior materials were selected to be consistent with the UNT Eagle Point Campus. The primary exterior materials are locally produced brick veneer and precast concrete. The iconic expressive steel structure of the wing-shaped North Stands are painted UNT Mean Green and the West Building features multi-color brick veneer, architectural metal panels and high-performance glazing.

The $20 million, 20-year sponsorship with Apogee is the second-largest naming-rights agreement for college football stadiums.

“The HKS Sports & Entertainment Group not only stayed within the $78 million project budget but, through creative thinking and skilled planning, produced a facility that looks and feels like it cost over $100 million.”
|  Rick Villarreal, Athletic Director , University of North Texas   |
“From day one, the University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium design paved the way for naming rights and sponsorship opportunities – from the scoreboard to the west side to the highway marquee.”
|  John Alper, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, CSL Marketing Group   |