History and Traditions

One of the earliest Homecoming celebrations to involve a football game was on Nov 11, 1929. The Eagles defeated East Texas State Teachers College 34-0 in the Armistice Day Game. Attendants were referred to as “home comers” in the yearbook. Activities included a parade of bands around the downtown square, a boarding house decoration contest, a pre-game barbeque and a dance after the game sponsored by the Talons.

During World War II, official Homecoming festivities and football games were suspended. November 1946 marked the first postwar Homecoming celebration and included the election of the first Homecoming Queen, Nikki Hendrix. Hendrix was elected by the football team, and the tradition of the team electing the queen continued until 1952, when the student body elected the Homecoming Queen.

The coldest UNT Homecoming of the century began Friday night, Nov 12, 1976, with a torchlight parade and Bonfire to keep 200 attendants from freezing. By game time that afternoon, Fouts Field was buried under six inches of snow. Some Florida State players had never seen snow, so the team built a snowman before the games as some 3,800 warmly dresses fans filled the stands. Halftime was also not to be forgotten in this premature blanket of snow. Four brave musicians marched onto the field and entertained the crowds with the university fight song, Jingle Bells and White Christmas.

UNT Food worker serving food Students on a float at the Homecoming Parade Bonfire lit up UNT President at Homecoming Parade Football plater at Apogee Stadium
The Homecoming Picnic kicks off Homecoming Week each year with food, fun and activities! Students can apply for Royalty, with some of UNT’s best being crowned at the football game. The Talons build one of Texas’ largest bonfires, and we celebrate with a pep rally on Friday evening. Traveling from campus to the Denton square, all of Denton enjoys seeing the annual Homecoming Parade floats. The week ends at Apogee Stadium with the UNT community cheering on the Mean Green at the Homecoming football game!