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Univ. Of North Texas Football Stadium Plans Receive Approval

UNT's New Football Stadium Expected
To Open In Time For '11 Season
The Univ. of North Texas (UNT) "cleared the final hurdle in its drive to build a new football stadium on Thursday when the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved" its $78M football project, according to Brett Vito of the DENTON RECORD CHRONICLE. UNT plans to break ground on the venue before the November 21 Army-UNT game. Construction is then "scheduled to begin in January," and the stadium is "expected to open in time for the 2011 season." Funding for the project will "come from a variety of sources, including a student fee of $10 per semester credit hour that was approved by the student body last fall," a fee that will "go into effect when the stadium opens." Vito notes UNT in April "launched a campaign called 'Believe It' to raise money for the stadium," and it "will continue as the 2011 opening date for the venue approaches." The school also is "hoping to sell naming rights and other sponsorship deals to help fund the facility." The new stadium will "replace Fouts Field, which opened in 1952 and has deteriorated over the last several years" (DENTON RECORD CHRONICLE, 10/30).'s Richard Durrett noted the new facility will "hold about 30,000 fans and include luxury suites." HKS Inc. Architects, the designer of Cowboys Stadium, is "designing the new stadium"  (, 10/29).

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