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.
As fans of the North Texas football team are undoubtedly aware, the Mean Green are off to an impressive 4-0 start to the season! (Mean Green Trivia: The last time UNT started the season 4-0? 1966 and Mean Joe Greene was a sophomore on the team.)
Between the season-opening win over SMU to the convincing upset at Arkansas, this is already an exciting year to be a Mean Green football fan! Now, Conference USA play begins for North Texas with Louisiana Tech coming to town on Saturday.
This success on the grid-iron isn’t without some growing pains, however. Now in our fifth year of providing game day shuttle service, we are continually working behind the scenes in tandem with UNT Athletics, UNT Transportation and DCTA to improve on the experience, especially when it comes to the Mean Green Game Day shuttle, following each game. We are already anticipating a large crowd this weekend for Saturday’s 6:30 pm kick off against the Bulldogs of La Tech, so we have made some adjustments to make the ride as smooth as possible for all attendees.
- We are moving the drop-off point nearest to the stadium back to the previous location next to the Pedestrian Bridge in the Fouts Field tailgating area.
Fans need only take the short walk across the Apogee Stadium Pedestrian Bridge to be right at the gates to the stadium! This change will positively impact shuttle service by allowing DCTA bus operators to avoid heavy traffic by the stadium, which will enable the shuttles to stay on schedule to get riders to and from the football games and downtown Denton. Need further assistance making it this extra distance? There is an ADA shuttle pick-up location at the southwestern edge of Fouts Field.
- Another change is the pick-up at Mellow Mushroom will only be on the east-bound route towards the Downtown Denton Transit Center.
The fans who board the bus at this stop (which is at the corner of Industrial Street and Hickory) will only have two quick stops in the downtown area before heading back towards the football stadium.
These changes are additional adjustments to the ones made for the second game of the season. Those adjustments include:
- A dedicated shuttle from the Lucky Lou’s Fry Street stop directly to the game and back
- Extra bus support as needed for the downtown Denton routes, with buses standing by should shuttles fill up
- 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. Should you have any further feedback, DCTA’s GoRequest app is a perfect outlet for fans to comment on the bus operations. 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