The final stage of the demolition of Fouts Field, the home of North Texas football for 59 years, began Tuesday.
The destruction of Fouts' end-zone seats and students' grandstand on the east side of the stadium took place in summer 2013, and attention now turns to the home stands and press box on the west side.
The North Texas Athletic Department will commemorate the end of the stadium where North Texas had a .605 winning percentage, going 155-100-7, with an event on Dec. 8 as the razing nears completion.
The event is planned to take place at the southwest corner of Fouts beginning at 1:45 p.m. and concluding at 2:30. Hot chocolate, coffee and light snacks will be served, and fans will be able to view the wreckage. The event will take place prior to the Mean Green basketball doubleheader at the Super Pit, featuring the women against Utah State at 3 p.m. and the men against UTA at 5.
Fouts Field became the home of the University of North Texas football and track teams in 1951.
The stadium was named Eagle Stadium, but the name was changed in 1954 to honor Theron J. Fouts, the athletic director who drove the campaign the build the stadium. Fouts came to North Texas in 1920 as coach of all mens' sports, and he initiated track and field as a varsity sport at UNT. Under Fouts' guidance, teams won national honors in football, basketball, golf and track and field.
Fouts Field's capacity was originally 20,000. In 1992, North Texas students passed a referendum approving an increase in student service fees over the following two years to fund the expansion of the stadium. Construction on the project began in December 1993 and was completed in June 1994. The improvements included a new scoreboard and public address system and an increase in seating capacity to 30,500.
Fouts was home to such legendary players as "Mean" Joe Greene, Abner Haynes, Steve Ramsey, Cedrick Hardman, Leonard Dunlap, Ron Shanklin, Bill Brashier, J.T. Smith, Willie Parker, Bill Carrico, Glen Holloway, Johnny Quinn, Patrick Cobbs, Ray Renfro, Brian Waters, Brandon Kennedy, Brad Kassell and Lance Dunbar.
In 2009, North Texas broke ground on a new football facility, and, after 59 years, the Mean Green football team played its final game at Fouts Field on Nov. 27, 2010, and football moved to Apogee Stadium in 2011. The North Texas track & field teams continued to call Fouts home until a new track & field and soccer stadium was built in 2018.