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Join the circus -- Homecoming takes place Nov. 3-8

Homecoming 2014UNT’S Homecoming will take place Nov. 3-8 with the theme of “Mean Green Circus: The Greatest Homecoming on Earth.”

Community festivities will kick off on Nov. 7 with UNT’s traditional Spirit March to the Bonfire at Apogee Stadium, one of the university’s oldest traditions. The Nov. 8 events include the Homecoming Parade that starts at 1 p.m. and routes through the Denton square; tailgating at Mean Green Village; and the Mean Green football team taking on Florida Atlantic University at 6 p.m. at Apogee Stadium.

This celebration is a collaboration between Mean Green Athletics and the Division of Student Affairs. All of the events are open to UNT students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

Events that are open to alumni and community members include:

Homecoming bonfireNov. 7

7 p.m. Spirit March

  • Beginning at Fraternity Row on Maple Street and proceeding to the bonfire site near Apogee Stadium.

8 p.m. Bonfire

  • Lighting of the bonfire will be on the northwest side of Apogee Stadium. Alumni are invited to the Alumni Pavilion from 7:30 to 9:30 for viewing of the bonfire.

Nov. 8

7:15 a.m. Fun Run

  • The free 5K intramural Homecoming Fun Run starts in front of the Pohl Recreation Center. Preregistration is not required. Registration will take place before the race until 7:15 a.m.

1 p.m. Homecoming Parade

  • Watch the parade as floats proceed around the Denton square, along Hickory Street and North Texas Boulevard. The parade will end at North Texas Boulevard and Eagle Drive. Community members and UNT students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to create floats and enter them in the parade. The deadline for entering a float into the parade is Oct. 24. Learn more about entering a float into the parade. See the parade route.

3:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Greek Life Center Open House/Ribbon Cutting

  • The new UNT Greek Life Center will host an open house beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Homecoming tailgating3 p.m. Mean Green Village Tailgating

Tailgating around campus starts early and ends 30 minutes before kickoff. UNT organizations, departments and colleges, and some Denton businesses, will have tents at UNT’s Apogee Stadium to add to the Homecoming spirit along with live music, the Junior Mean Green Fun Zone and the Mean Green March featuring the cheerleaders, dancers, marching band, head football coach Dan McCarney and the Mean Green football team. The deadline to reserve a tent is Oct. 27. For more information about tailgate tent package reservations, contact Andrew Tomeny, 940-369-5382.

6 p.m. Homecoming Game

  • Mean Green vs. Florida Atlantic Owls. Tickets are free for students and start at $15 for everyone else. Learn more about game tickets and packages for tailgating before the game.

For more information about Homecoming events, contact Mara Jackson, coordinator for Campus-Wide Events and Traditions. 

Above right, the North Texas cheerleaders perform at the 2013 bonfire. Above left, Mean Green fans enjoy tailgating before the 2013 Homecoming game. Photos by URCM.

Posted on: Mon 20 October 2014

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