Since it opened in 1927, Kenan Memorial Stadium has been home to UNC Tarheel football. Located in the heart of campus, the stadium is walkable to many historic UNC buildings and landmarks. If you arrive early (always a good idea for parking), you’ll have ample time to take a stroll through the quad or visit one of the libraries. After the game, delicious eats, shopping and celebrating are not far: Franklin Street is the buzzing hub of Chapel Hill and just over a half mile away on foot.
With seating capacity for more than 62,000, those who bleed Carolina blue will feel right at home in the roar of fellow fans.
Over the last 90 years, Kenan has undergone several expansions and renovations.
The West end zone was completed in 1998, turning the stadium into a horseshoe shape. It is known as the student section, and is often referred to as the “Tar Pit” by fans. You’ll know it by the sea of blue shirts, as well as the sheer volume of the crowd as they cheer on their beloved team.
The East end zone was completed in 2011, replacing the old Kenan Field House. Completely donor-funded, the “Blue Zone” added individual suites and nearly 3,000 seats. The Blue Zone turned the stadium seating into a bowl, and added a concourse encircling the stadium that fans can walk around.
Of course, the biggest crowds of the year show up for games against rival Duke University’s Blue Devils. In the Battle of the Blue, attendance has been known to stretch Kenan’s capacity well into the 60,000 mark.
If you’re local, be sure to see a game. If you want to score coveted tickets to the Carolina vs. Duke match-up, be sure to get them early!