Mean Green Game Day
It’s fall in Texas, and you know what that means: time to pack the stadiums for a dose of football! Whether you’re a season ticket holder or you haven’t been back to Denton since you graduated, now is the perfect time to experience game day in Denton.
North Texas has six home games this year, so come and support third-year head coach Seth Littrell and the Mean Green. And we’ve made it easier than ever to get to and from the games. Just ride the FREE Mean Green Game Day Shuttle! The shuttle will leave from the parking lot directly across the street from the Denton County Transportation Authority’s A-train (which connects with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system, to get our alumni and fans directly from Dallas here), and will take fans right through the heart of downtown, with key stops at shopping, restaurants and bars, before taking you right to the pedestrian bridge across I-35 from Apogee Stadium!
Support our Game Day Champions – our local businesses – by patronizing them before and after the game. The shuttle runs three hours before kick-off through the game until an hour after the game ends, so there’s plenty of time to hop off, grab a beverage, grab a bite and get to the game.
Starting three hours before every home game, and continuing for an hour after, the 2018 Mean Green Game Day Shuttle will provide free and easy travel to and from North Texas games and Downtown Denton with no worries about traffic and parking hassles. Leave your car at home this football season for a unique game day experience in Denton!
It’s simple to ride the new Mean Green Game Day shuttle. Live in Dallas? Ride the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Green Line from Dallas to Trinity Mills in Carrollton to connect to the DCTA A-train. The A-train will get you to the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC). Live in Denton, but want to avoid the traffic? DCTA has fare-free zones now – including from the MedPark Station to the DDTC. MedPark has plenty of parking, so park there, ride for free to downtown and hop right on the shuttle across the street!
From there, board the free shuttle which will take you to the Mean Green Tailgating Village and pedestrian bridge that leads to Apogee Stadium. The buses will also stop at various hop on/hop off stops along Hickory, Oak and Fry Streets, so passengers can visit Denton restaurants, shops and bars before or after the football games.
Coming from Dallas? Get on any line to the downtown area, change to the Green Line(north towards Frankford Station), then switch to the DCTA A-train at Trinity Mills Station to the Downtown Denton Transit Center. The final train back south after the game will leave the DDTC at 11:53 p.m.
Please keep in mind that open containers are not allowed on the Mean Green Game Day shuttle. Thank you for your cooperation.
It has been five years since the Denton Convention & Visitor Bureau and Mean Green Athletics teamed up to bring the Mean Green Game Day experience to our community and visitors. With the continued success of the North Texas football team, we have seen the attendance numbers – and the number of people we carried on the Game Day Shuttles – rise steadily as more and more people become aware of the service. We can call that a success but with growth comes growing pains.
We’re excited that this season new partners joined our efforts to provide patrons with complimentary special event transportation service to all the 2018 North Texas football home games. This season UNT Transportation Services and the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) took on the task to provide the shuttle service as part of the Mean Green Game Day experience.
What happened last Saturday was unprecedented.
First, the game attendance was the largest in school history. It was a fantastic turnout, but with a slight hiccup in that the shuttles were full, and due to unannounced road closures, the buses were stuck in the game day traffic. We are saddened to hear that for many of you, it wasn’t the smooth ride you have come to expect. We apologize for the inconvenience this caused our riders.
In response to the service issues experienced this past Saturday, all the partners have been working together collaboratively to address these issues going forward. Everyone is working hard to provide you with the best game day experience and we hope that you will give our shuttle service another try.
Some changes that you will see going forward include:
- A dedicated shuttle from the Lucky Lou’s Fry Street stop directly to Apogee Stadium and back
- Extra bus support for the downtown Denton routes
- DCTA personnel will be on hand at shuttle stops to provide extra assistance to fans
- Additional bus support post-game for fans leaving Apogee Stadium
We strongly encourage everyone to take the shuttles with ample time to arrive to Apogee Stadium prior to kick-off. Be advised that the 2018 pick-up and drop-off location at the stadium is at the entrance to the Black Lot near the Alumni Pavilion on the Apogee side of I-35E. We appreciate everyone who took the time to share their experiences with us. It helps so much in crafting a better game day experience for everyone. Should you have any further feedback, DCTA’s GoRequest app is a perfect outlet for fans to comment on the bus operations. We are confident that this weekend’s MGGD experience will put us all back on the winning track. We hope that this will also give you, our community and visitors, the certainty that we are indeed listening!
Mean Green Game Day Shuttle FAQs
What is the Mean Green Game Day Shuttle?
The Mean Green Game Day shuttle is complimentary special event transportation service to all the 2018 North Texas football home games, made possible through a partnership between UNT Transportation and DCTA, North Texas Athletics (UNT), the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Jagoe-Public Company.
Will the shuttle run during all 2018 North Texas football home games?
Yes, the Mean Green Game Day shuttle will operate during all 2018 North Texas football home games. Some of the routes will change due to road closures, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. Go to MeanGreenSports.com for the entire Mean Green football schedule.
Where does the shuttle take you?
On game days, the Mean Green Game Day shuttle will connect passengers for free to the Mean Green Tailgating Village and Apogee Stadium. The buses will also stop at various hop on/hop off stops along Hickory, Oak and Fry Streets, so passengers can take a break for dining, drinks and shopping before or after football games.
When will the shuttle run?
The shuttles will run consistently starting 3 hours before the game until an hour after the game.
Can non-university students or fans of the opposing team ride the Mean Green Game Day Shuttle for free?
Yes, everyone is encouraged to ride the Mean Green Game Day shuttle.
Mean Green Game Day is championed by:
Discover Denton Welcome Center, 111 W Hickory
Bearded Monk, 122 E McKinney (offering $2 off first pint on gameday and $10 for Bearded Monk shirts to anyone with a game ticket)
Beth Marie’s, 117 W Hickory
Denton County Brewing Company, 200 E McKinney
Dix Coney Island, 123 N Elm
East Side Denton, 117 E Oak
Game Changers, 122 W. Mulberry #100
Harvest House, 331 E Hickory
JT Clothiers, 200 W Oak
Komodo Loco, 109 Oakland
LSA Burger, 113 W Hickory
Palm Tree Boutique, 119 N Elm
Camp Gladiator, campgladiator.com
Mellow Mushroom, 217 E Hickory
Lucky Lou’s, 1207 W Hickory