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Students vote, approve fee and new stadium

President Gretchen M. Bataille

Dear Alum,

This evening, we released the results of a Student Government Association referendum for a new fee that would provide dedicated funding to our athletics program. I wanted to be the first to tell you that our students voted yes, endorsing our commitment to strengthen the program.

A significant portion of the new fee will help build a new stadium and entertainment venue on our campus. I invite you to learn more about our plans.

Youíve heard me say before that our nationís great universities strive to be great in everything they do. UNT is no different. With this endorsement, our students have done their part to help make our vision for a stronger UNT a reality.

Having a football stadium that matches UNTís stature as a renowned student-centered public research university will shine a light on all of our areas of excellence and heighten our national visibility.

We now will move forward with the next steps to realizing our plans of building a venue that is as up to date as Fouts Field was when it opened in 1952. Our vision is to build a new facility that will include an entertainment complex possibly with a hotel and convention space adjacent to our Athletic Center that would serve as an important attraction for our university family and the greater Denton community. The stadium also will be built on green principles, giving us an opportunity to become the first in the nation to have a LEED-certified collegiate football stadium.

Our athletics programs give our student-athletes an opportunity to excel on the field, bring our campus community together, connect our alumni to their alma mater and serve as a rallying point for all our supporters.

Thanks to our students we are off to an excellent start for a brighter future, but we still must rely on our alumni, our supporters and the community to make our vision a reality. Texas law does not allow state funds to support athletic construction, so a new stadium can only be built with funds raised by private donors and student fees. The student portion can only fund up to 50 percent of the cost.

I encourage you to come out and cheer on the Mean Green at Homecoming Saturday (Oct. 25).

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille

October 2008

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