UNT Finds What Jerry Jones Can't: Someone to Spend Mean Green on Stadium Naming Rights

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Do you believe in the mean green? When that green's stacked in $20 million, sure.
Don't tell the bossman, but the University of North Texas done found someone to pony up puh-lenty for the naming rights to the new football stadium. Per a press release just sent out, Apogee will spend $20 million over the next 20 years to rebrand the new $79-million Mean Green Athletics football stadium, get this, Apogee Stadium. Which makes UNT Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal very happy:
"As we began the process of attracting a partner for the stadium naming rights, our primary goal was to find a company that tied into and complemented the mission of higher education. I believe this partnership will benefit the University of North Texas in many ways and help make UNT a more productive and innovative place because Apogee is committed to those principles. To say we are excited to have Apogee on our team would be an understatement!"
The entire announcement follows.
University of North Texas and Apogee Unveil New Apogee Stadium

UNT and Apogee today announced a 20-year naming-rights sponsorship agreement for the new Mean Green Athletics football stadium, located within the Mean Green Village athletics complex on the UNT campus in Denton, Texas. The $20 million deal is the second largest naming-rights agreement for college football stadiums to date.

Apogee Stadium is the centerpiece of the recently developed Mean Green Village, which encompasses most of the academic, training and competition facilities for UNT's nearly 400 student-athletes. With a capacity of nearly 31,000, the stadium was built under the design and construction of award-winning companies HKS and Manhattan Construction. It features 21 luxury suites, 750 club seats, banquet space and a team spirit apparel store.

Apogee is the nation's largest provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) for higher education. Since 2008, Apogee has successfully partnered with UNT to manage the student ResNet for the residential community on the UNT campus.

"As we began the process of attracting a partner for the stadium naming rights, our primary goal was to find a company that tied into and complemented the mission of higher education," said UNT Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal. "I believe this partnership will benefit the University of North Texas in many ways and help make UNT a more productive and innovative place because Apogee is committed to those principles. To say we are excited to have Apogee on our team would be an understatement!"

The agreement between North Texas Athletics and Apogee was reached through a collaborative effort between North Texas Athletics, Apogee and Premier Partnerships - nationally recognized sports sales and advisory firm based out of Los Angeles.

"UNT found an ideal teammate in Apogee, a Texas-based company that shares our commitment to higher education and to having positive economic and social impacts. We know firsthand Apogee's stellar quality and commitment to students and through this new partnership we are able to improve the environment for our students and our communities," said UNT President V. Lane Rawlins.

"Apogee has a deep respect for UNT and we're proud to partner with North Texas Athletics on the development of this new venue," said Chuck Brady, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Apogee. "Both UNT and Apogee are dedicated to the advancement of higher education through innovative, technology-based learning and experience. UNT is a very progressive campus and we felt that culturally it was a great fit. If we can invest back into higher education while raising awareness of ResNet outsourcing for schools, it's a win for the university, a win for UNT students and a win for us."

With more than 36,000 students, UNT is the nation's 33rd largest university. As the largest, most comprehensive university in Dallas-Fort Worth, UNT helps drive the North Texas region.

"Apogee Stadium sits as a landmark near the entrance to UNT and is a symbol for the university's commitment to provide students the best undergraduate education experience in Texas while fostering the three A's: academics, athletics and the arts," Rawlins said. "This state-of-the-art venue will give fans the opportunity to bond through Mean Green pride and to carry on the traditions that have been woven into the fabric of our local communities."

As part of UNT's dedication to green, Apogee Stadium is striving to become the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified stadium for standards for clean technology innovation. It will feature renewable energy, providing power through three 121-foot wind turbines with 30-foot long blades. It is estimated that the three wind turbines will offset the energy consumption of the stadium and Mean Green Village by about 6% and eliminate 323 metric tons of carbon dioxide being emitted annually.

Apogee Stadium will replace 59-year-old Fouts Field as the new home of the Mean Green. The first game in Apogee Stadium will feature North Texas versus Houston on Sept. 10.

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97and03
97and03

Hell of a deal. Great pub for UNT and excellent revenue stream for the athletics department. FYI, 2nd biggest corporate sponsorship of a college stadium. Not bad for "little old UNT." Too bad most people in DFW have no idea what is going on at UNT. They should.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Too bad they won't, Apogee therefore won't likely glean much reward from this. 

TXPCH
TXPCH

Go Mean Green!

keep it real
keep it real

Hating on unt, really? 20 million. They can name it Magnum Condom Stadium or Charmin Stadium for that much. You go mean green.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Apogee is the center most point of  Taint

GMG
GMG

Oak Cliff is the ass crack of dallas. 

scottindallas
scottindallas

perhaps that explains why I like burying my nose all up in there. 

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Appropriate name.

UNT is as far from a national championship as a team can get.

Can't Wait Till the 1st
Can't Wait Till the 1st

yes Dave...because only National Championship teams are what "Plano Dave" will watch and all others are hardly worthy of "Plano Dave's" time.  What a tool.  Go Mean Green!

WallerWill
WallerWill

National championships are only for the schools that have desecrated the concept of collegiate athletics to the level of hucksterism. UT Network, anyone?

Dendonite
Dendonite

Just doesn't have the ring of Pizza Hut Park. I hereby rename it to Applebee's Stadium.

El Rey
El Rey

So naming something after a tiny period of time at the peak of an objects trajectory or, it could be said, at the initial point of decline, is a good thing?

(Sorry, my inner geek fought his way out to make this comment.)

Gary
Gary

Apology Stadium?

Big Bud Goode
Big Bud Goode

by November, it will be Apathy Stadium and 1/4 filled.

North Texan
North Texan

Another comment from an uneducated reader/poster.  By the way, North Texas has averaged more in attendance, true butt's in seats, than SMU the last 4 or 5 years during the unsuccessful Todd Dodge era in a stadium way, way past it's prime.  How far past it's prime?  It would be like the Cowboys still playing at the Cotton Bowl and then moving to the Death Star a couple of years ago.

I know you won't, Big Bud Goode or any of the six that liked your comments, but I would invite you to come up to Denton for a game this Fall before you make snide comments.

Can't Wait Till the 1st
Can't Wait Till the 1st

1/4 filled?  Even during the worst of Todd Dodge's era the ugly and rundown stadium of Fout's Field was still half full.  Have you seen any sizable increase in SMU's attendance at football games that would make you believe that they are more capable than UNT?  36k students....90k alum in DFW....just hired an ex Big 12 Coach who knows how to build a program in the most adverse of situations.  You sir....know crap about UNT and about the program and your opinion is best left inside of that seeping pit of a one-eyed winker stinker (aka your mouth).

scottindallas
scottindallas

SMU games are well attended, the boulevard scene is even better attended.  Not that I really care, Dad is the SMU alum, I go to half laugh.  Ford Stadium is fairly small/intimate.  I don't know how it compares UNT's stadium, but I would guess that Fout's Field had far greater capacity.  But Ford Field is better than half full at the few games I drag my ass to.

Sporty Sports
Sporty Sports

Things are changing in Denton. Joke now, because you won't be able to in 2 years.

Harvey
Harvey

It should henceforth be known as 'A Stadium'. 

thefncrow
thefncrow

Before I clicked the link to Apogee, I was hoping that the stadium would have a Duke Nukem logo on it.  Then I discovered that it was the wrong Apogee.

Thanks for nothing, UNT.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

So will they become the Mean Green Apogees? 

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