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Very cool: New turf at UNT's Apogee Stadium helps regulate temperature

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A look at the revenues and expenses of the athletic programs at the Texas and North Texas highlight the money divide in NCAA Division I athletics.
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A look at the revenues and expenses of the athletic programs at the Texas and North Texas highlight the money divide in NCAA Division I athletics.

The University of North Texas is resurfacing the field at Apogee Stadium with a temperature-adjusting synthetic turf.

FieldTurf Cool Play surface features "an extruded composite-top dressing that keeps the surface 35 degrees cooler than traditional sand/rubber infill systems," according to independent laboratory tests.

Other schools using this technology include Notre Dame, Georgia, Nebraska and Arizona.

A look at the revenues and expenses of the athletic programs at the Texas and North Texas highlight the money divide in NCAA Division I athletics.

"This new surface, featuring cutting-edge technology, will be safer for our student-athletes," North Texas athletic director Wren Baker said. "The dynamic design elements will also help elevate the UNT brand for both fans inside the stadium and watching worldwide."

The project is expected to be completed in early August. The new field surface will include the athletic department's mission statement: "Building Champions and Preparing Leaders" on the visitor sideline.

"Our supporters, coaches and athletes have embraced this mission and we want all visitors to Apogee to know what our focus is," Baker said.

The Mean Green's diving-eagle logo will remain at midfield, but will now be atop a shaded outline of Texas.

The end zones will be Kelly green with North Texas and Mean Green "prominently displayed."

It's the first time UNT has been featured on the stadium's turf.

The current playing surface had been used since Apogee Stadium opened in 2011.

The Mean Green open their 2018 season against SMU on Sept. 1 at Apogee Stadium.

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