VIDEO: Creating Home Field Advantage
Incoming Freshmen Get Their First Look At Apogee Stadium
DENTON - Every summer the North Texas Athletics department hosts incoming freshman at Apogee Stadium as part of the new-student orientation program. Students and their families get to tour the stadium, including the press box, luxury suites, Hub Club and radio and TV broadcast booths, capped by a storming of the field with the traditional touching of Spiriki, the eagle statue that guards the team entrance to the field at Apogee Stadium.
The tour includes learning about spirit and game-day traditions at North Texas. The effort is an attempt to show how athletic events can bond students to their university and are a significant part of the overall student experience. North Texas football coaches also greet each group and answer questions.
“Students are the lifeblood of creating a home field advantage,” head football coach Seth Littrell said. “If we can get them and their families interested and engaged from their first days on campus, we can create a fan base that will be loyal well beyond their time as a student. Every student that we meet is a future alum and a potential season ticket holder for life. We need to get them on board early.”