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30,000-seat stadium to be ready in 2011

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved a proposal for a new football stadium at the University of North Texas that is expected to be completed for the 2011 season.

A public groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 21, according to a news release.

The stadium will replace Fouts Field, which is 57 years old. HKS Inc. Architects, which designed Cowboys Stadium, is designing the new stadium.

"If you look at America's great universities, you'll see that they all have the three A's in common: great academics, great arts and great athletics," said UNT president Gretchen M. Bataille in a release. "All are key to a vibrant alumni community and continued growth. And all require great facilities. I am committed to ensuring that UNT, like many of the nation's best research universities, strives to be excellent in everything we do."

The stadium will hold about 30,000 fans and include luxury suites.

Richard Durrett covers colleges for ESPNDallas.com. E-mail richard.durrett@espn3.com.