Demolition of the remnants of Fouts Field started this week to begin parking and transportation construction. Demolition and new construction is expected to progress in various phases through summer 2019, a timeline that ensures as little disruption as possible on current parking and the track and field area.
While the new construction brings welcome additions, the 66-year-old stadium holds a special place in many UNT hearts. Check out this video featuring some Fouts Field memories.
“Of course we’re all a little sentimental about Fouts Field,” said UNT President Neal Smatresk. “There’s a lot of great UNT history there, and, thankfully, we have fantastic archives preserving much of it. We also hope to keep a bit of nostalgia with the new construction with some of the cast stone plaques we saved during part of the demolition. We’re not only bringing more than 1,000 additional parking spaces to our community, we’re also building a bus transfer station with restrooms. It’s going to be a fantastic transportation hub for our campus.”
Fouts Field, originally known as Eagle Stadium, opened with a resounding 55-0 win over the University of North Dakota on Sept. 27, 1952. The stadium, renamed Fouts Field in 1954, went on to host the UNT Centennial Extravaganza, commencement ceremonies, track and field competitions, and some of the most storied athletes in UNT history, including “Mean” Joe Greene, Abner Haynes, Dave Clark and Johnny Quinn. Fouts Field was also, briefly, home of the Fighting Armadillos when the movie “Necessary Roughness” was filmed on campus, featuring Earl Campbell, Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker and Ed “Too Tall” Jones, along with Scott Bakula, Jason Bateman, Sinbad and Kathy Ireland. The 2010 season served as Fouts Field’s football swan song as UNT played its final game within the confines before taking residence in Apogee Stadium. The track and field teams have continued to use Fouts Field through 2018 with their own new home scheduled to open next year.