The North Texas football facilities are located in the Mean Green Village, which encompasses the Athletic Center, a student-athlete dorm and dining hall, the academic center, and practice and game venues.
The creation of the Mean Green Village was far more than a facelift for Mean Green sports; it marked a dedication to collegiate athletics such as has never existed at North Texas. The Village was constructed on the 199.5-acre area called Eagle Point, south of I-35E. Work began in 2003 on the Athletic Center, Victory Hall, and Champs Cafeteria.
New game venues arose for softball, soccer, volleyball and tennis, and construction reached new heights in 2011 with the completion of football's Apogee Stadium.
Opened in 2011, Apogee Stadium was designed by the same team that created the spectacular Dallas Cowboys Stadium, and they brought some of the same touches to Denton. Apogee features two state-of-the-art video boards, 21 luxury suites, 750 club seats, high-tech facilities for broadcast and print media, and a team apparel store.
The stadium seats 30,850 in a horseshoe-shaped bowl. At the open end is the giant high-definition scoreboard and videoboard with a screen measuring 27 feet high and 47 feet wide behind the south end zone and towering over the Mean Green’s tunnel entrance to the field. A second videoboard, 15 feet high and 27 feet wide, is behind the corner of the north end zone.
Behind the north end zone are giant wing-shaped grandstands which echo the shape of the Mean Green’s eagle logo and reach 106 feet above the playing field.
Located at the epicenter of the Mean Green Village, the 45,000-square foot North Texas Athletic Center provides under one roof an array of facilities for the education, strength, conditioning, and medical treatment of the Mean Green’s male and female student-athletes.
Opened in 2005, the Athletic Center was the initial piece of the Mean Green Village, a 199.5-acre area which encompasses the student-athlete residences, Champs Cafeteria, and practice and game facilities.
With its close proximity to Apogee Stadium, the Athletic Center is also home to the football coaches' offices, locker room and equipment room, but it is truly the home to all Mean Green athletics and provides state-of-the-art facilities vital to the well-being of student-athletes: the Texas Health Presbyterian Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center and the Strength and Conditioning Center.
North Texas’s 7,000-square-foot Mean Green Strength and Conditioning Center is located on the first floor of the Athletic Center, less than 100 yards from the student-athlete residences in Victory Hall.
In addition to its goal of building athletes’ muscle mass and tone, the strength and conditioning program also helps drastically reduce injuries and is a key part of the rehabilitation process.
The Center features over 16,000 pounds of weights, including 12 Power Lift Multi-Purpose Racks, six Power Lift Olympic Platforms and more than 30 Hammer Strength machines, equalling or exceeding the facilities of its regional and national rivals. The facility is overseen by a permanent staff of trainers and coaches, including football strength coach Frank Wintrich, who implemented a program with a far greater intensity level than ever before at North Texas.
The football program’s practice facility is ideally located, nestled between Victory Hall and the Athletic Center - which houses the team’s locker rooms, meeting rooms, equipment room, coaches’ offices, the Strength and Conditioning Center, and the Texas Health Presbyterian Sports Medicine and Rehab Center - and just steps from Apogee Stadium.
The practice facility encompasses two full-length football fields, with observation platforms and goal posts at either end.
The facility is named for former North Texas football coach Darrell Dickey, who led the Mean Green to four consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships and 26 straight victories in league play, earning North Texas its first bowl bid in 40 years and a 24-19 win over Cincinnati in the 2002 New Orleans Bowl.
The highest priority of the North Texas Athletics Department is to provide student-athletes with an excellent education, culminating in a degree in their chosen discipline. To that end, one of the first facilities to open in the Mean Green Village was the Student-Athlete Academic Center.
In 2005, North Texas’s academic and compliance staff relocated to the new Student-Athlete Academic Center, a 7,000-square-foot facility three times the size of the department’s former home and in close proximity to the athletic facilities and the student-athlete residences at Victory Hall.
North Texas is one of 65 schools in the Pilot III NCAA/CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes’ Minds for Personal Success) Life Skills Program, providing support in academics, athletics, personal and career development, and service.
Victory Hall is a resort among residence halls, offering private and double rooms with ensuite bathrooms and the largest lobby of all of the University’s dorms.
Located adjacent to the Athletic Center, Victory offers easy access to Champs Cafeteria, the Academic Center, the Strength and Conditioning Center, the Texas Health Presbyterian Sports Medicine and Rehab Center, and practice and game facilities.
Victory Hall has two large courtyards with barbeque grills and a fire pit. Inside, there is a cyber café, a computer lab, a kitchenette, a media room with theater-style seating, and laundry facilities. There is ample entertainment, including ping pong, foosball and pool tables. Wireless internet is available throughout the building and courtyards.
It also has a large, well-lit parking lot which is serviced by North Texas shuttles to and from campus.