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.
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  • July 3, 2017
    It's old. There have been additions and renovations but basically they benefited the high dollar donors. For visiting fans it is terrible. If you are 5 ft tall and weigh 100 lbs you can fit the bench ...  more »
  • March 7, 2017
    Thsi stadium is in the middle of campus, which helps it in some ways (proximity to other places to visit, scenery, etc) but hurts it in others (tailgating for ex). Many improvements have been made ove...  more »
  • March 1, 2017
    The stadium has some age although there have been some recent renovations for the bigger contributors. Seats are primarily aluminum bleachers and you want to be careful not to get seats too low as you...  more »
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  • February 10, 2017
    I went to a large state school in the Northeast so I'm used to a great game day experience. What Kenan misses in size it makes up for in beauty. It's a truly great looking stadium! The concessions were great quality and the proximity to campus was pretty nice. If you are a college football fan it is definitely worth it to go there for a game.
  • May 14, 2017
    Decent place to watch a game. I was surprised by the upkeep of the place since UNC is a top notch Division I school.
  • May 28, 2017
    Best college football out there with the love Lee est stadium surrounded by trees!
  • July 6, 2017
    Tell others why I love Kenan stadium? It's Kenan!
  • December 21, 2016
    This is a great place to take in a football game. There really isn't a bad seat as the stadium seats about 60,000. They've got good concessions and they are beginning to consistently put a good team out on the field. The outgoing traffic for these the games are similar to the basketball games but the congestion is amplified b/c the cowd is 2-3 x's bigger than the basketball crowd. Getting out of here can be a pain mostly because the stadium is 3.5-5 miles away from I-40, which requires some patience!! Overall it's a pretty fun experience though!

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