UNT Coliseum

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UNT Coliseum
The Super Pit"
University of North Texas Coliseum Logo.PNG
Location 801 North Texas Blvd
Denton, Texas 76201 USA
Owner University of North Texas
Operator University of North Texas
Capacity 10,500
Construction
Broke ground March 1971
Opened March 27, 1973[4]
Construction cost $7.5 million[1]
($39.8 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Clutts & Parker, Inc.[3]
General contractor Manhattan Construction Company[1]
Tenants
UNT Athletics (1973–present)
University of North Texas - Coliseum.jpg

The UNT Coliseum, informally known as the Super Pit, is a 10,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Denton, Texas, United States. It was built in 1973. It is home to the North Texas Mean Green men's and women's basketball teams.

History[edit]

North Texas has compiled a winning percentage of over .640 at the Pit. During the 1975-1983 era under men’s coach Bill Blakeley, North Texas, playing primarily as an independent, recorded three twenty-win seasons, its first-ever top-20 ranking, the four biggest crowds in Super Pit history and memorable wins over Texas, Kansas State and SMU.[5]

Immediately hailed as one of the finest basketball facilities in the southwest, it was host to first- and second-round games of the 1976 and 1980 NCAA Basketball Tournaments.[5]

In 1976, North Texas began playing women’s basketball at the Super Pit, hosting the Mean Green Classic from 1979 to 1981 and the TAIAW State Championship game in 1981.[5]

It hosted the Southland Conference men's basketball tournament in 1988 and 1989 and the Sun Belt Conference men's basketball tournament in 2005.

The nickname "Super Pit" came about due to its proximity to the "Snake Pit", formerly the Men's Gymnasium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Coliseum Beaming". The North Texan. June 1972. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Architectural Rendering of the Coliseum #2". University of North Texas. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wives Set For Banquet". Denton Record-Chronicle. March 27, 1973. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "The Super Pit". University of North Texas Athletics. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 33°12′30″N 97°9′14″W / 33.20833°N 97.15389°W / 33.20833; -97.15389