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A dream come true

Apogee still bearing fruit 10 years after UNT community banded together to make project a reality

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North Texas graduate Derrick Murray played a key role in convincing students to vote for an athletic fee to help pay for construction of Apogee Stadium. The vote passed in 2008, and the venue opened in 2011. UNT will celebrate its 10th anniversary this week in its season opener against Northwestern State.

Derrick Murray often finds himself transfixed as he peers out of the window of his home office at the Apogee Stadium lights cutting into the nighttime sky.

Murray spent untold hours during his time as a North Texas student talking to any of his classmates who would listen about what a new football stadium could do for the program and the university.

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In 2015, then-athletic director Rick Villarreal introduces Seth Littrell as North Texas’ football coach at Apogee Stadium. Villarreal played a key role in laying the groundwork for the venue to be built.

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North Texas freshman quarterback Andrew McNulty celebrates after scoring the first touchdown at Apogee Stadium during the Mean Green’s game against Houston in 2011.

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A statue of “Mean” Joe Greene stands at the foot of Apogee Stadium and honors the Hall of Fame North Texas alumnus. UNT unveiled the addition to Apogee in 2018.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.

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