Gameday spirit and traditions

Tailgating concert



Come out to each home game for tailgating around campus. Arrive early for a full day of fan-friendly, family-oriented festivities, including the Mean Green March, live entertainment and the Junior Mean Green Fun Zone. Plenty of Mean Green spirit makes gamedays memorable experiences for the entire family.

Bring your tents, grills, smokers, food and beverages and set up your tailgate party in 26 spacious acres designed to accommodate fans at the new Apogee Stadium. Tailgating opportunities also are available at Fouts Field and other
locations on campus.


Gameday highlights

  • 3 hours prior to kickoff: Enjoy live musical entertainment and the Junior Mean Green Fun Zone featuring rides and games for children of all ages adjacent to Apogee Stadium.
  • 2 hours prior to kickoff: Watch the Mean Green March including the Green Brigade Marching Band, North Texas Dancers, North Texas Cheerleaders, Head Coach Dan McCarney and the Mean Green football team.
  • 30 minutes prior to kickoff: Fans are encouraged to be in the stands to enjoy the Green Brigade pregame extravaganza and welcome the Mean Green to the field with the traditional public address call of "Heeeeeeeeeeere Comes the Mean Green ...!"
  • Postgame: Mean Green fans are encouraged to remain in the stands as the Green Brigade Marching Band performs the traditional Green Brigade postgame concert.


Gameday parking

Parking lots around UNT's Apogee Stadium are reserved for Mean Green Club members. Fans can anticipate a short walk over the North Texas Boulevard bridge to the stadium grounds. Plans call for a pedestrian bridge crossing I-35E to be ready for the 2012 season.

Paid parking is available at Fouts Field and free parking is available northeast of North Texas Boulevard on the main campus.

For additional information on parking, traffic and pedestrian flow, visit Mean Green Sports.


Mean Green Gear stadium store


Get your gear on

Students dressed in green cheering at a football game.Build Mean Green pride by wearing your UNT green around town and to the games this fall, especially to the Oct. 8 football game against Florida Atlantic to help "Green Out the Game."

Look for the new sideline gear from Nike – wear what the coaches and players wear to bring in the new era for the Mean Green.

Lots of other new gear is available at the new Mean Green Gear stadium store, the UNT Bookstore and local retailers. Get your officially branded gear online at Mean Green Gear and through the UNT Bookstore.


Get your season tickets

Austin junior Kristen Bennett and her parents, alum James Thomason ('82, '86 M.A.) and Lynne Thomason, check out club level seats at the new stadium.Season tickets help support Mean Green athletics and show your commitment to the university and the athletic program.

Season ticketing options start at $100 for general admission seating. Reserved sideline seating is $150. Season tickets for recent grads, former athletic letter winners, parents of incoming freshmen, and faculty and staff members are $115.

Family Fun Pack season tickets that include four tickets, food and drinks for four people are just $400.

The new recent grad package, for those graduating since 2006, provides Mean Green Club benefits and season tickets at a discounted rate. That equates to season tickets and parking adjacent to the stadium for $140 to $240, depending on your graduation year.

Club level seats offer a standard of comfort never offered before at UNT, including reserved chair-back seating, priority parking, full cash bar, private elevator access, a complimentary gameday buffet and exclusive restrooms.

For additional information or to purchase season tickets, call 800-868-2366 or visit Mean Green Sports.


Spirit eagle statue

Geezles C. Dan Smith ('62), chair of the UNT System Board of Regents, and James Stinson ('63) attend the unveiling of "Spiriki.""Spiriki," a bronze eagle bust, was unveiled in August at UNT's Apogee Stadium. He will stand guard at the players' entrance to the field. As players take the field, they will touch the Eagle to pledge their best efforts in the game. The Geezles, a fraternity from the 1920s to the 1970s, donated $100,000 to commission Kent Ullberg, an internationally renowned wildlife sculptor, to design and create the eagle statue. As "Spiriki" looks down the field, he will be the protector of UNT's home field. The fraternity, which includes former NFL players such as Ray Renfro ('52) and legendary coaches such as G.A. Moore ('62), raised the money to have the statue built. The eagle bust stands about 5 feet tall and weighs about 225 pounds. The eagle's name, "Spiriki," is an old fraternity greeting and is believed to be the combination of the word "spirit" and "kee," the cry of an attacking eagle.


Traditions run strong

CheerleadersMean Green March: The Mean Green March is a parade including the Green Brigade Marching Band, North Texas Dancers, North Texas Cheerleaders and your Mean Green football team. The march proceeds through the tailgating area, culminating at the football locker room. The Mean Green March takes place two hours before kickoff as the team makes its final pregame preparations.


Boomer a muzzle loading cannonVictory Cannon — Boomer: The tradition of firing the cannon began in 1970. The cannon is a scale replica of a model widely used in the U.S.-Mexican War and is managed by the Talons student spirit group. Boomer, refurbished by alumnus Rick McKinney ('90), is fired at special campus events and at football games to signal scores.


Scrappy beside the Model AModel A — Green Machine: The Talon car is a green Ford Model A Tudor Sedan built in 1931. It was donated to UNT by alumnus Rex Cauble ('74) in the early 1970s. The car is entrusted to the care of the Talons. The Model A, also known as the Green Machine, is driven by the Talons Cannon Crew at home football games, parades and other special occasions to promote UNT spirit.


Student hand painted green and white making an Eagle ClawEagle Claw: The eagle hand sign is our universal sign of pride and unity. Curl the thumb and index and middle fingers forward. The ring and pinkie fingers stay closed against the palm.


Clock tower illuminated in green lightLighting the Tower: After a victory by a UNT athletic team, special green floodlights bathe the McConnell Memorial Clock Tower on top of the Hurley Administration Building to signal the victory to the campus and community.


Kickoff Cheer: With arms and eagle claws extended, the crowd hollers — "GGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOO" until the ball is struck, at which point voices are lowered and crowd chants, "Mean Green!"

First Down: Announcer — "That's good for another Mean Green ..." Crowd response — "FIRST DOWN!"


North Texas Fight Song:

Let's give a cheer for U of NT!
Cheer for the green and white.
Vict'ry's in store, whate'er the score.
Our team will ever fight. Fight, fight, fight!
Shoulder to shoulder we march along, striving for vic-tor-y.
Playing the game for the honor and fame and glory of UNT!
U...N...T Eagles! UNT Eagles! Fight, fight, fight!


Alma Mater — Glory to the Green and White:

Singing glory to the green, singing glory to the white,
For we know our university is striving for the right;
Down the corridor of years, we'll forget the joys and tears,
But North Texas, North Texas, we love!


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