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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  • In full disclosure, I have been a volunteer usher here for many, many years. Overall, the venue is picturesque and the staff work hard to maintain a family atmosphere. I understand at other college fo...  more »
  • Attended as a visitor. This stadium has some dead viewing spots and the seats are not comfortable. It reminds me of some high school stadiums. Bathrooms are old and outdated. Most ACC schools have spe...  more »
  • I have been a season ticket holder for decades. Kenan Stadium was built in 1927 and has had several very tasteful additions added since then; now seats 66,000+. The stadium was built into a dell and m...  more »
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  • The stadium has really good av equipment, not a bad seat, and generally does a good job with game day logistics. The game day experience really could be improved. Would be much better if alcohol was served to the general public. I find it very ironic that a university who promotes equality and works to eliminate socioeconomic disparities blatantly contradicts this behavior :/
  • Good staduim, but UNC put the visiting team fans bottom row in the end zone. Hard to see unless team is coming this ebd.
  • Great place to watch a game! No bad seats and the halftime shows are very good!
  • 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.
  • Great concessions. Excellent venue for a enjoyable Saturday!
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