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Fun Fact: Football fans can see familiar image near footbridge

Footbridge with Scrappy

(Editor's note: The Mean Green beat Texas Southern 34-7 Sept. 8 to open the year at Apogee Stadium. The next home game will be Sept. 22 versus Troy University. Learn more, buy tickets at Mean Green Athletics and watch InHouse for updates about pedestrian bridge construction. See below to enter by Sept. 14 to be eligible to win Green Pride gear.)

Later this season, fans will be able to head for UNT's Apogee Stadium on a new pedestrian walkway. What will be visible on the side of the bridge?

A. The “A green light to greatness.” graphic

B. The university seal

C. Scrappy the Eagle

D. A football helmet

The answer is C. The face of Scrappy the Eagle will greet pedestrians as they walk across the footbridge when it opens later this season.

Eagle visage, pedestrian bridge over Interstate 35EThe footbridge won't be open for the Sept. 8 opening game, but drivers now can catch a glimpse of the eagle as they travel beneath the bridge, right.

The bridge, from Fouts Field parking areas to the stadium's north end, was lifted over Interstate 35E in July by the Texas Depatment of Transportation. Construction continues, and, said Helen Bailey, director of Facilities and Construction, "We're working as fast as we can." The next home game is Sept. 22.

Fans can walk a bit farther south of the Murchison Performing Arts Center to cross the highway on the bridge at North Texas Boulevard. A pedestrian shield was built on the crossover in 2011 when Apogee Stadium opened.

  • Enter to win a UNT-branded water bottle, shopping bag and lapel pin by sending an email to InHouse with "Bridge" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Sept. 14.
  • Enter to win a pair of tickets to the Sept. 22 game versus Troy University by sending an email to InHouse with "Troy"  in the subject line, also by 5 p.m. Sept. 14. Winners for all prizes will be selected at random from all responses. Ticket winner will receive a certificate to be redeemed at Apogee Stadium by Sept. 21.

Mean Green fans should plan ahead and pay close attention to traffic routing and parking around the stadium. Some parking lots will close prior to the game to be reserved for special event parking. Cars that remain parked in a lot that has closed will be towed at the owner’s expense. Other streets and ramps may be closed when game day traffic routes are effective.

The traffic plan goes into effect four hours before kickoff. Kickoff is 6 p.m. for the Sept. 8 game versus Texas Southern. Times may vary for other games, so check the Mean Green Athletics website for each game.

Closed parking lots

All of the parking lots south of Interstate 35 will be closed at 8 a.m. Saturdays. These include lots near the Mean Green Village: 71, near the Student Athlete Academic Center; 72, near Building B; 73 and 74, near the Mean Green Soccer Stadium; 76, near Building P; 77, near Lovelace Stadium; and 80 and 81, near Victory Hall; 82 and 83, near the Athletic Center; and 84, near the Waranch Tennis Complex. Fouts Field (Lot 20) will also be closed. Vehicles left in these lots will be towed at the owner’s expense - $125.

Instead, park in these locations:

  • Lots 3 and 4 at Discovery Park with any valid UNT permit. The UNT shuttle service operates between these lots and the main campus. Find a bus map.
  • Any lot designated for P or D permits. But read the sign; if permits are enforced 24/7 - don’t park there.

Closed and re-routed streets

These streets will be closed four hours before kickoff on game day:

  • Bonnie Brae Street exit on Interstate-35W from Fort Worth and the two North Texas Boulevard exits on I-35E.
  • Both access roads between North Texas Boulevard and Bonnie Brae Street.
  • The eastbound lane of Airport Road between I-35W and Bonnie Brae Street.

Fouts Field game day parking

Cash parking will be available at the Fouts Field parking lot. These spots will cost $10. To access this lot fans will need to exit I-35E at McCormick Street. (Remember - the North Texas Boulevard exits on I-35E will be closed.)  Follow the access road to North Texas Boulevard, and then turn right onto North Texas Boulevard.

Mean Green Club game day parking

Three lots will be available to Mean Green Club members and will be marked with green, blue and red signs. Lot assignments are designated on the parking passes provided by Athletics. Driving directions are provided on the back of each pass.

Ticket holders with red passes will exit on McCormick Street, follow the access road and then turn left onto North Texas Boulevard. Ticket holders assigned to the blue and green lots coming from Dallas will exit on Bonnie Brae Street and continue south to Walt Parker. Blue and green pass holders coming from the north or I-35W will exit on Oak Street and continue south on Bonnie Brae.

On-street parking

On-street parking in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium is prohibited. Cars parked on city streets that do not have a neighborhood resident permit will be ticketed by city police in accordance with a city of Denton ordinance.

Whose idea is this?

The experts: UNT Police Department and Parking and Traffic Services, in conjunction with the city of Denton, the Texas Department of Transportation and local agencies. UNT Police representatives also regularly meet with businesses and communities in the areas affected by street closures. The stadium traffic flow plan has been designed to get fans in and out of the area as efficiently as possible before and after the Mean Green football team makes us proud.

(Photos courtesy of Mean Green Athletics)

Posted on: Wed 05 September 2012

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