Topics: Kenan Memorial Stadium

The North Carolina football team plays its home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium. It has been the Tar Heel’s home since 1927. The stadium originally seated 24,000, but now houses 63,000. UNC won the first game ever played at Kenan Stadium, defeating Davidson 27-0.

William Rand Kenan Jr. is given credit for making the stadium a possibility. He was an industrialist who gave money to UNC throughout his life. He built the stadium as a memorial to his parents, William R. Kenan and Mary Hargrave Kenan.

In 2011, UNC opened the Loudermilk Center for Excellence and new premium seating, called the Blue Zone. The Loundermilk center is a 29,000 square foot facility that provides classrooms for teaching and tutoring for student athletes. It also houses a strength and conditioning center, reading rooms, a writing lab and office space. The Blue Zone added 2,980 new seats to the stadium and includes a number of suites.

The center was named after Charles “Charlie” Loudermilk Sr., who made a $7.5 million donation for the funding of the new facilities.

The stadium also hosts a number of events, including concerts, graduation and a fourth of July fireworks show.

16 years later, 2,076 steps for the first responders of 9/11

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Dozens of students and community members gathered at Kenan Memorial Stadium early Monday morning to complete the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Runners bounded up and down the series of stairwells for a grand total of 2,076 steps: the same number that first responders climbed as they scaled the Twin Towers. 


Chapel Hill holds watermelon eating contest

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Richard Crump slogged through watermelon guts to find glory as the winner of this year's DSI Watermelon Eating Contest, held in Kenan Memorial Stadium as a part of the The Town of Chapel Hill’s Fourth of July Celebration.


Networking a focus at Sports Business Expo

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On Saturday, Buffy Filippell, president of TeamWork Consulting and a former tennis player, told the Carolina Sport Business & Fitness Expo how athletic skills can easily translate to the business world. 


Opinion: Be conscious of history at play in Kenan Stadium

Come Saturday at 6 p.m., the UNC football team will kick off against the Aggies of N.C. A&T in Kenan Stadium. We should mark this moment as historic, as the Tar Heels have not recently taken the opportunity to play against a historically black college or university on our home turf.


Inside UNC football media day

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The North Carolina football team held its media day on Wednesday at Kenan Stadium. Players and coaches answered questions about training camp and the upcoming season. 

Here are the highlights:


Construction in Kenan is gone, graduation is on

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Graduation in Kenan Memorial Stadium is on.


Officials claim mud won’t dampen commencement

The words "dust bowl" bring to mind barren areas of the Midwest during the Great Depression. 


Wedding packages at Kenan Stadium appeal to fans

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He liked it, and he put a ring on it—and then he cut the cake at Kenan Memorial Stadium.


Kenan Memorial Stadium to get upgraded cell service

Football fans won’t have to worry about dropped calls at Kenan Memorial Stadium when games resume next fall.


UNC buildings still cleaning up after flood

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Campus buildings affected by the record-breaking rainfall that flooded Chapel Hill June 30 are still undergoing repairs — forcing some students to change up their normal routines.


Faculty ready to propose series of athletic reforms

More than 100 faculty want the University to know the last thing on their minds is NCAA rules and eligibility. Instead, they say its focus should be on giving student athletes what they were promised — a UNC education.


For lettermen, football means brotherhood

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In a small lounge on the south concourse of Kenan Stadium, perfectly framed team pictures clad a dark wood paneled room to represent the tradition of UNC football.


Town ?rework festival returns

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Kenan Stadium was empty last year on the Fourth of July, but town officials are preparing to host a revival of the fireworks festivities this year.
Though the annual celebration was cancelled last year due to budget constraints, the town’s partnership with 1360 WCHL, a local radio station that owns Chapelboro.com, has allowed for its return.
The event will include live music performed by Chapel Hill native and voice of the Carolina Panthers Mick Mixon and the Franklin Street Band.


New Kenan construction on target

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Kenan Stadium seems to be an imitation of the North Carolina football team this season. Just as the Tar Heels are missing players due to an NCAA investigation, Kenan Stadium is missing the fieldhouse that flanked the east end zone, in the midst of a $70 million rebuilding campaign they titled the “Blue Zone.”


Kenan suites going fast

More than half of the new premium suites at Kenan Stadium have been sold in the last two weeks, promising initial figures that put the stadium on track to begin construction in mid-2010.

UNC Director of Athletics Dick Baddour said that public sales, which began Oct. 3, have exceeded expectations.


Kenan Stadium overhaul begins fundraising phase

UNC football fans can now lease their own luxury suite in Kenan Stadium for the price of roughly $50,000 a year.

But actual tickets to sit in the football stadium’s more than $70 million planned expansion cost extra.


Kenan introduces Tar Pit

It might not be black, but organizers are hoping you'll notice the Tar Pit at Kenan Stadium when this year's football season officially kicks off.


BOT OKs New Scoreboard for Kenan Stadium

The UNC Board of Trustees passed a resolution Thursday granting initial approval to the installation of a video scoreboard in Kenan Stadium, setting in motion a plan that has taken years to come to fruition.


Silent Field Becomes Memorial

A bright sun shone down, warming the bright metal bleachers directly below.

The unscathed, painted field lay calmly and ready for battle below mostly clear skies.

Perfect 68 degree weather for pigskin -- on any other Saturday afternoon of the year.