Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill
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Kenan Memorial Stadium is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is the home field of the North Carolina Tar Heels. It is primarily used for football. Kenan Memorial Stadium opened in 1927 and holds 63,000 people. It is located near the center of campus at the University of North Carolina.HistoryThe previous home of the Tar Heels had been Emerson Field, which had opened in 1916 on the current site of Davis Library. By 1925, it was obvious that that 2,400-seat facility was not adequate for the increasing crowds. Expansion was quickly ruled out since the baseball team also used it, and any new football seats would have been too far away for baseball.Funding for the stadium was originally supposed to come from alumni donations. William R. Kenan, Jr., a dairy farmer from Lockport, New York who would later become a prominent businessman in Miami, got word of the initial plans and donated a large gift to build the stadium and an adjoining field house. Kenan was an 1894 UNC graduate and grandson of one of UNC's original trustees. He was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University. Kenan persuaded UNC to build the stadium as a memorial to his parents, William R. Kenan and Mary Hargrave Kenan.Ground was broken in November 1926. It was completed in August 1927. At the time, it was located on the far southern portion of campus, but expansions over the years have resulted in the stadium now being near the center of campus.The stadium officially opened on November 24, 1927. The Tar Heels defeated Davidson College 27-0, with the first touchdown in the new stadium by Edison Foard. The first game at Kenan Stadium brought in 9,000 spectators. The stadium was officially dedicated to the Kenan family on Thanksgiving Day in 1927 in front of 28,000 fans, after the Tar Heels beat the Virginia Cavaliers 14-13.Arrange to visit Kenan Memorial Stadium and other attractions in Chapel Hill using our Chapel Hill vacation route planner.
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Parking near the stadium isn't an option. But, the walk is worth it and especially the Ram's Club area. It is one of the nicest places to see a college football game.
Nice field and right on campus. Good views from every seat but the amount of leg room in the bleachers is very short, I'm 6 foot tall and my knees touch the seat in front of me. If you're a big person... read more »
If you can snag blue zone seats, DO IT! Even if it costs more it is worth it. Nice buffets, bathrooms and "adult beverages". Plus you can come in from the weather and still see the game.
Kenan stadium is fantastic for so many occasions: graduations, independence day celebrations, working out, walking, and of course FOOTBALL. Sure it can get hot during the summer and bitter cold in the winter but thats what outdoor stadiums are for. Staff are always friendly for any given event. The food is good and the atmosphere is incredible! If you are watching the Heels win a game it is always fairly easy to get in and out without too many crowds (keeping in mind it is in the center of campus).
Attended 2 games here, one in the upper deck on the Carolina side and the other in the lower bowl on the opponent side. Great seats in both places! Even the upper deck didn't feel so high that it gave a detached feeling of being too high like some stadiums give. Fans are excellent even if your from the opposing team, very welcoming. The only bad is that if severe storms roll in and they evacuate, you have nowhere to really hide with 60k fans making a mass exodus to the concourse areas which are partly wide open to the elements. We had several close enough strikes of lightning that we could hear a sizzle sound, very unsettling.
Great place to enjoy the UNC football games. Pretty good amenities, as well as great food on Franklin street nearby for post-game lunch or dinner.
The place to be if your a Tarheel fan. Adequate parking as long as you get there early and not a bad seat in the house.
If you even remotely like the Tar Heels, come to a game here! In my opinion, one of the best collage football venues in the country.
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