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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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  • Kenan Stadium is not a great place to watch a game. While I recognize the stadium is on a college campus, any tailgating is almost non-existent . As for the stadium itself, The Kenan Center in the Wes...  more »
  • We were just at the stadium this last Saturday, what a great time!! The undefeated Citadel team was visiting and took a beating from the Heels!! The stadium is great, has excellent food and beverage s...  more »
  • Been coming to games here for years. Great for families. Have seen many good changes, always enjoy my visit. 
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  • 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).
  • I've loved this place since being a kid back in the '80s and '90s. I wish there were seats rather than bleacher seating. The bleacher seating allows for people to steal your seats easier.
  • 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.
  • The restrooms were much better than other area stadiums. Food was great. Hospitality suite was awesome!
  • Pope box is great! Free food, nice bathrooms and dry in the rain!