When the average college sports fan hears the words North Carolina Tar Heels, his first thoughts are of basketball. Dean Smith, Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, Rasheed Wallace, Tyler Hansbrough and Kenny Smith come to mind immediately as the Heels have won many championships in college hoops with these great players.
But what if you were told about a school that produced Lawrence Taylor, Julius Peppers, Jeff Saturday, Willie Parker, Don Macauley, Charlie Justice and several other NFL stars over the years? What if that school was North Carolina? Would you be surprised? Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill has been hosting the best in college football since 1927. It began with a seating capacity of 24,000 fans but now holds over 63,000 fans there to see the Heels kick some butt on the gridiron.
North Carolina football at Kenan Memorial Stadium is about one color. Carolina Blue. It is the same shade of blue as the sky on a bright fall Saturday afternoon. With the end zones and stadium façade, the fans and the sky all dressed out of the Heels on game day, there is hardly a more beautiful spectacle in all of football than Kenan Memorial Stadium.
You can enjoy watching the best of the ACC while pigging out on some of the best concessions in the sport. You have a choice of Firehouse Subs, Chick-Fil-A, Papa John’s or Brookwood barbecue sandwich, a Carolina cheesesteak or a Carolina melt which you can wash down with your favorite Coke products.
The ACC is one of college football’s top conferences boasting of such teams as Florida State, Miami, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and new additions such as Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse to make it better than ever. And don’t forget that UNC is not the only school in the state with great football. Rivals Duke and NC State have been no stranger to the bowl season in recent years.
This year’s Tar Heels home schedule will include NC A&T, Illinois of the powerful Big Ten Conference, Delaware, Wake Forest, Virginia, Duke and Miami. That will be some entertaining college football! You will want to get your tickets early for these matchups.
So come out to Kenan Memorial Stadium. Arrive early and tailgate with your friends and then after the game if you want to hang out in Chapel Hill and take in the college scene, grab a beer or two at the Top of the Hill or Spanky’s where you will have a wide selection of beers from domestics to craft beers.
Be sure to bring your seat cushions or stadium chairs to Kenan Memorial Stadium because this is an old school football stadium of concrete and metal benches. This place is all about watching football, not showing up with clients and hanging out in a restaurant while the game is going on. Bring the kids or your friends and wear your Carolina Blue and watch a great football game.
If you need to get in and get out, check out one of the best shuttle services you’ll find in college football. The experienced Heels football fans swear by it.
So get out to a North Carolina Tar Heels game this fall!
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