North Texas will play in the Zaxby's Heart Of Dallas Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. at the historic Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. The opponent will be Army.
The Mean Green, in their first year under rookie head coach Seth Littrell, made one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation, going from 1-11 in 2015 to 5-7 in 2016. Although North Texas was one win short of the six-win threshold for bowl eligibility, a lack of bowl-eligible teams across the country forced the NCAA to allow a handful of five-win teams to play in bowls, and the selections were based on Academic Progress Rate scores. Among the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision schools, North Texas is 10th in APR and is second among teams not bowl eligible.
The North Texas Ticket Office has a handful of bowl-game tickets remaining. Click here for information and how to purchase..
This will be the ninth bowl game in North Texas history and the first since the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl, when the Mean Green defeated UNLV, 36-14. It will be the sixth bowl game for NT in the last 16 years.
Littrell becomes the second Mean Green coach to take North Texas to a bowl game in his first year at the reins, and he does so on the 70th anniversary of the first rookie coach to lead NT to a bowl. In 1946, Odus Mitchell directed North Texas to the first bowl in school history and scored a 14-13 victory over College of the Pacific in the Optimist Bowl in Houston. Pacific was coached by the legendary Amos Alonzo Stagg, who, along with men like Knute Rockne and Pop Warner, was one of the pioneers and great innovators of college football.
This will be the Mean Green's second game against Army this year. On Oct. 22, North Texas defeated the Black Knights in West Point, NY, 35-18. This will be the sixth meeting all-time between North Texas and Army, and the Mean Green are slated to host Army at Apogee Stadium in 2017.
North Texas has almost sold out its allotment of tickets to the Zaxby's Heart Of Dallas Bowl, but a few remain and can be purchased:
Tickets are $75 for sideline reserved. NOTE: $50 tickets for seats in the corners are sold out.
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Fans can pick up tickets purchased through the North Texas Ticket Office at the following times and locations:
Per NCAA rules, player will call cannot open until the gates of the stadium open at 9 a.m. Player will call will be in the Embarcadero Building at Fair Park, beginning at 9 a.m.
The limited number of discounted student tickets is sold out.
The North Texas team hotel is the Westin Dallas Downtown, and Mean Green fans can get a special bowl-game rate.
The Westin Dallas Downtown is located at 1201 Main Street. Use the following link to make reservations: University of North Texas. Reservations can also be made by phone at 972-584-6650. Be sure to mention North Texas for the special bowl rate. The bowl rate is available for Dec. 21-30. To receive the rate, reservations must be made by Dec. 23.
The Dallas Marriott City Center, located at 650 North Pearl Street, has also made available rooms at a special rate. Rooms are available for Dec. 26 and Dec. 27, and reservations must be made by Dec. 19. Use the following link to make online reservations: UNT Friends and Family Football Block Heart of Texas Bowl.
Zaxby's Heart Of Dallas Bowl gear is on sale at Barnes & Noble stores on campus and at Voertman's Bookstore:
Gear is also available online:
UNT students can receive a 20 percent discount on light rail tickets. Discount is valid only for a regional pass for Dec. 27. To qualify, students must:
Game-day parking information can be found here: Heart Of Dallas Bowl parking.
The Cotton Bowl is located in the Fair Park area of Dallas. Click here for a map of Fair Park.
The Zaxby's Heart Of Dallas Bowl and the Cotton Bowl will have the following policy in effect for fans entering the stadium. The only bags allowed are:
Backpacks, diaper bags and other similar bags are not allowed.