UNT staff and faculty members constantly contribute to the success of UNT, and Athletics wants you to know you are appreciated for your hard work and dedication.
To show their gratitude, Athletics partnered with the Staff Senate to start what both groups hope will become a lasting tradition – the Staff and Faculty Appreciation game with free and discounted tickets and activities specifically for staff and faculty members.
“With the support of President Smatresk, UNT Staff Senate has been given new life,” says Staff Senate chair Christi Hestand. “We have new leadership, new funding and new direction, and it makes sense to link that new start to our new Coach Seth Littrell and our new Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker. We hope to engage our staff members like never before by offering them a fun opportunity to leave their work environment and enjoy the team spirit. Wren and his team have been extremely generous to allow our staff to attend for free and we are extremely grateful.”
Each faculty and staff member is eligible for two free tickets to the 6 p.m. Oct. 8 football game to see the Mean Green take on the Marshall University Thundering Herd. Each additional ticket can be purchased for $5. The free and discounted tickets will be for seats in Sections 110-112 near the North end of the Apogee Stadium field. When those sections reach capacity, additional seating will be in sections 115-116.
“Athletics is excited to partner with the UNT Staff Senate to provide faculty and staff with this opportunity,” says Wren Baker, UNT’s new vice president and director for Athletics. “We want to thank President Smatresk and the UNT Staff Senate for partnering with us. We can’t wait to see the nearly 4,400 UNT employees and their families at Apogee Stadium Oct. 8.”
How to get tickets
To claim their free tickets and to purchase additional tickets at the discounted rate, faculty and staff members should call the North Texas Ticket Office at 940-565-2527 to have your tickets emailed to you or visit the office located at Gate 2 at Apogee Stadium. Alternately, staff and faculty can pick up their free tickets on the Library Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4-6. Tickets must be picked up or purchased by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. During halftime, the Staff Senators will be recognized and the Staff Senate Executive Committee will be introduced on the field.
Staff and faculty are invited to join tailgating activities Oct. 8, starting at 3 p.m. outside the Alumni Pavilion at Apogee Stadium. Staff Senate will have a tent with tables and chairs and Scrappy will be on hand for photo opportunities with staff, faculty and their family members. The Alumni Pavilion opens its doors at 4 p.m. and will have face painting and snow cones. The Alumni Association is providing a free drink ticket to each faculty and staff member for a free drink of their choice inside the Alumni Pavilion.
Parking is provided at Fouts Field for $10. Faculty and staff can walk over the bridge to the Alumni Pavilion where they will find the Staff Senate tent.
As they enter Apogee Stadium, staff and faculty can register by swiping their UNT ID card at the Staff Fun Zone inside the north end of the stadium. The first 1,000 employees to register receive a free T-shirt. The UNT division with the highest percentage of registrants at the game will receive the Staff Spirit Trophy, which will be an annual traveling trophy provided by the Staff Senate and the winner will be announced at the Staff Sack Lunch on Oct. 11. The winning division will also receive 20 seats in an Apogee Stadium suite for the last Mean Green home game on Nov. 19. The vice president over the winning division will draw names from within the winning division to determine which 20 employees will attend that game and sit in the suite.
Hestand and Baker hope this first Staff and Faculty appreciation game will grow into a larger, annual event that could provide greater discounts at more games in the future.