Ribbon-cutting marks opening of new indoor practice facility

Oct. 23, 2019

Don Lovelace and Jim McNatt cut the ribbon for the indoor practice facility Oct. 19.
Don Lovelace and Jim McNatt cut the ribbon for the indoor practice facility Oct. 19.

Athletics celebrated the opening of the new Lovelace and McNatt Families Practice Facility Saturday, Oct. 19, with a ribbon-cutting before the Mean Green football game against Middle Tennessee (a 33-30 victory for North Texas). The center is located off South Bonnie Brae Street, adjacent to the Athletic Center and Victory Hall. Named for the donors who made it possible, it is the third largest such facility in Texas.

Athletic and construction teams worked together on the design, incorporating features from favorite facilities around the country. The climate-controlled, multi-sport practice space includes a full-length football field and track running lanes. It not only will serve as a place for student-athletes to practice during inclement or hot weather, but it also will host new recruits and special events, thanks to a spacious lobby and elevated platforms for photography and videography.

Alumni Connection
The facility includes OmniDeck™, a surface protection product co-invented by UNT alum Marcos Gonzalez (’10, ’12 M.S.), a product engineer for Signature Systems Group in Flower Mound.

Lovelace and McNatt Families Practice Facility
Lovelace and McNatt Families Practice Facility

By the Numbers
• Barrel roof: 65 feet high at the top, 59 feet at the sides
• Exterior “Mean Green” letters: 24 feet tall
• Interior turf: 76,852 square feet
• Exterior turf: 6,000 square feet
• Steel: 1,400 tons
• Electrical conduit: 10-plus miles
• Two scoreboards: 8 feet by 32 feet each
• Videoboard: 16 feet by 28 feet

Watch this Beyond the Green episode for an inside look at the facility.