A pair of consultants who evaluated North Texas’ athletic program suggested this fall that the school make building an indoor practice facility that would primarily be used by the school’s football program a priority.
The school has since issued a request for proposal for just such a facility and an overall athletics facilities master plan. The new venue is scheduled to be finished by June 2017.
UNT has dramatically upgraded its facilities over the last decade. The school opened Apogee Stadium in 2011.
UNT had eyed building a baseball stadium and starting a program during the tenure of former athletic director Rick Villarreal.
Trip Kuehne and Michael Sicuro were hired by UNT to evaluate the program in the wake of Villarreal stepping down this summer.
The Dallas-Fort Worth businessmen recommended that UNT turn its attention to an indoor practice facility in their report.
“An indoor practice facility is critical to compete at the highest level for not only recruits across all sports but also to enable the most competitive and prepared Mean Green teams,” the report states.
The report recommends the indoor practice facility include a 120-yard football field that could also be used by other university sports teams. Kuehne and Sicuro estimated the cost of such a facility at $15 million to $25 million and recommended incorporating it with a planned outdoor track facility near the tennis center.
UNT is now moving forward with the project.